New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

By paying your acceptance fee, you are notifying us that you have accepted your Penn State Abington offer of admission.  We will begin to instruct you on the steps to follow to be ready to attend your New Student Orientation (NSO).  At your required NSO, you will receive information on how to become a successful Penn State student, and you will schedule your first semester classes.

All future instructions will be sent to the email address that you gave on your Penn State application.  

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK THIS EMAIL ADDRESS REGULARLY FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES!

1. Complete Your Educational Planning Survey and Your ALEKS Math Assessment

Your first step in getting ready to attend your NSO will be to receive an email instructing you to go online to complete two steps – your Educational Planning Survey and your ALEKS Math Assessment.  We’ll use this Survey and Math Assessment to place you into your first semester’s courses.

Click here to find the instructions for completing your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment.  You will need your 9-digit PSU ID number (different from your SSN) to log in.  Questions? Contact us at orientation@psu.edu or 814-865-4178.

2. Attend Your New Student Orientation (NSO)

2016 Summer Students:

Within one week of completing your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment, you will receive an email giving you access to the NSO online registration system.  In this system you will have the option of selecting your NSO date.  Because you are starting in Summer 2016, you will be offered only Friday, May 20, 2016 as a selection.  

It is important that you hold this date and attend your required NSO on May 20, since it the only date offered to 2016 Summer students.  During your NSO on May 20, you will select your Summer and Fall classes.

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT receive this email giving you access to the registration system until you complete your ALEKS Math Assessment and Educational Planning Survey.

2016 Fall Students:

Within one week of completing your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment, you will receive an email giving you access to the NSO online registration system. After receiving your email, please go the site and select your NSO dates for your required orientation and advising.  The NSO dates offered to you will be based upon your major, therefore not every date will be offered to you.

2016 Fall NSO programs will be held on these dates: Friday, June 24; Friday, July 8; Friday, July 15; Friday, July 22; Friday, July 29; Thursday, August 4; and Monday, August 8.  Your NSO will consist of two required parts – information about helping you successfully transition from high school to college and a session with an academic adviser to schedule your first semester of classes.  When you log into the registration system to select your dates, you will see that you are selecting two dates.  These two dates are linked for you, and you are required to attend both of your NSO dates.  

Please use these dates in making your summer plans and plan on attending the earliest dates offered to you in the system.  This will allow for the most flexibility in selecting your Fall courses.

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT receive this email giving you access to the registration system until you complete your ALEKS Math Assessment and Educational Planning Survey.

2016 International Students & USA Citizens Living Abroad:

Within one week of completing your Educational Planning Survey and ALEKS Math Assessment, you will receive an email giving you access to the NSO online registration system.  In this system you will have the option of selecting the dates to attend your two-day NSO (orientation and advising) program.  

Your date choices will be: Friday, June 24 / Monday, August 15, 2016 or Monday, August 15 / Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  During your NSO, you will select your Fall classes.  It is important that you make your travel plans early to attend your required NSO, since these are the only dates offered to 2016 International students.

PLEASE NOTE: You will NOT receive this email giving you access to the registration system until you complete your ALEKS Math Assessment and Educational Planning Survey.

3. Pay Your NSO Fee

$30 covers a day of informational sessions and meals for you and two guests.

Pay by credit card here

or

If paying $30 Orientation Fee by mail:
In order to properly credit your account, please include the NAME OF THE STUDENT AND PSU ID NUMBER. You can put this on Memo section of check or include a separate piece of paper.


Check made payable to: PSU Abington
Mail Check to:
PSU Abington
C/O Marcia Delia
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA  19001

4. Complete Your Pre-NSO Homework

Seven (7) days before the date that you have selected as your NSO date, you will receive an email giving you instructions for completing Pre-NSO Homework.  You are required to complete your Homework to be admitted into your Advising Session.  If you have failed to complete your Homework when you arrive for your Advising Session, you will be assigned to a computer station to complete it before beginning your Advising Session.  This will expand the time necessary to complete your advising.

5. Obtain Your Penn State ID Card

You are required to bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport) so you can get your Penn State id+ Card. No exceptions will be made.

Questions?  Call us at 215-881-7328.



Driving to Penn State Abington

from Pennsylvania Turnpike to Penn State Abington

Get off at the Willow Grove Exit 343 and go south on Route 611 towards Abington (about 4 miles). Look for Senor Salsa Restaurant on your left (Abington Hospital on your right) at that light make a left onto Woodland Road Go through three stop signs and make a right into the Visitor’s Lot (a kiosk with a parking attendant will be at the entrance to the lot).

from Northeast Philadelphia to Penn State Abington

From the intersection of Roosevelt Blvd (Rt. 1) and Cottman Avenue (Rt. 73), head west on Cottman Ave. Follow signs for 73 West. In the Burholme section of the city, 73 becomes Township Line Road. Follow Township Line Road to Old York Road (Rt. 611) in Jenkintown. Turn right and head north on 611 until you get to Abington (about 3 miles). Look for the Senor Salsa Restaurant on your right (Abington Hospital on your left) — at that light make a right onto Woodland Road. Go through three stop signs and make a right into the Visitor’s Lot (a kiosk with a parking attendant will be at the entrance to the lot).

from Center City Philadelphia to Penn State Abington

Follow Broad Street North from City Hall. About 5 miles from city hall, in West Oak Lane section of city, follow signs for 611 North--road bears right and becomes Old York Road. Follow through Elkins Park, Jenkintown, and into Abington. Look for the Senor Salsa Restaurant on your right (Abington Hospital on your left) — at that light make a right onto Woodland Road. Go through three stop signs and make a right into the Visitor’s Lot (a kiosk with a parking attendant will be at the entrance to the lot).

from Doylestown area to Penn State Abington

Take Route 611 South. Follow through Horsham, Willow Grove, and into Abington. Look for Abington Hospital on your right (Senor Salsa Restaurant on your left) — at that light make a left onto Woodland Road Go through three stop signs and make a right into the Visitor’s Lot (a kiosk with a parking attendant will be at the entrance to the lot).


Public Transportation to Penn State Abington

Septa Trip Planner

If you will be taking public transportation, Septa has a Trip Planning tool so you can plug in your location and find the best route to take.

Via Septa bus line

The 55 Septa bus stops closest to campus and can be picked up a multiple points along Broad Street and York Road. If coming from the South, take the 55 bus to the Abington Hospital stop at the intersection of York Road (Route 611) and Woodland Road. If coming from the North, take the 55 bus to the Abington Hospital stop at the intersection of York Road (Route 611) and Keith Road. Look for the Senor Salsa restaurant. Follow the sidewalk from the bus stop down Woodland Road until you see the Penn State Abington sign. The first campus building you will see on your right is the Woodland Building. See the 55 bus schedule here.

Via Septa Regional Rail

The closest Regional Rail stop to campus is the Rydal train station, but the Jenkintown station is also close by. The Rydal station is accessible on the West Trenton Line, while Jenkintown is accessible on multiple lines. During the regular school year, shuttle service is offered from both the Rydal and Jenkintown stations to campus. See the shuttle schedule here.

NOTE: SHUTTLES DO NOT RUN DURING THE SUMMER SEMESTERS.