New Student Orientation – Summer 2023

Students deposited for Fall 2023 can register for one of our New Student Orientation (NSO) dates. NSO is an important event, where students will review their Fall schedule, interact with faculty and staff, Q&A with financial aid, and meet other students.


  • Friday, July 7
  • Thursday, July 20
  • Saturday, August 5


How to register:

Accepted students must pay their deposit to be able to register for and attend NSO. Once you have made your deposit, you will be able to register.

Visit next steps for more information and to register.

Can’t make it to a New Student Orientation session in person? We have a virtual orientation option available to you! Register now for more information.

Schedule of Events:

Time Event
8:00 am Check-in & Resource Fair - 2nd floor, Natali Student Center
9:00 am Welcome! - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
  • Staff Greetings
  • Overview of day’s schedule
9:15 am PennWest Essentials (students & parents/guests) - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
  • Academic Expectations (delivered by Academic Affairs Administrator)
  • Registrar (regarding FERPA and Degree Works)
  • Health & Wellness Services (addressing health centers, counseling services, and more)
  • Housing & Dining Services (addressing assignment, important pre move-in details and meal plan selection)
  • Campus Safety General Overview
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Parents/Guests: Breakout session - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
Students:  Connection activities - South Wing, Convocation Center
11:15 am Financial Aid and Student Accounts - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
  • General Session with Q and A
Student Success (delivered by Success Coaches) - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
  • Define “Success Coaching”
  • General transition to PennWest Discussion
12:25 pm – 1:25 pm Lunch - Gold Rush Dining Hall, Natali Student Center
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Specialized Sessions
  • START - Natali Student Center, Room 321
  • TRIO - Performance Center, Natali Student Center
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Specialized Sessions
    • Declared students will meet with a department representative. - See List
Department Location
Biology, Earth, & Environmental Sciences Convocation Center North Wing 6
Business, Economics & Communication Convocation Center North Wing 8
Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics Convocation Center North Wing 7
Communication Sciences & Disorders Convocation Center North Wing 9
Computing & Engineering Technology Convocation Center Computer Lab
Criminal Justice, History, & Politics Natali Student Center Room 319
Education Natali Student Center Vulcan Theatre
English, Philosophy & Modern Languages Natali Student Center Room 206/207
Exercise, Health, & Sport Sciences Convocation Center Recruitment Room
Nursing & Health Professions Convocation Center Media Room
Psychology, Counseling, & Art Therapy Convocation Center Hospitality Room
Social Work, Sociology & Human Services Convocation Center South Wing 5
Visual & Performing Arts Natali Student Center Room 333
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
*Choose your own depending on needs.
Choose your afternoon!
  • Office for Students with Disabilities in office counseling. - Carter Hall, Room G-35
  • Financial Aid walk-in office counseling available - 1st floor, Dixon Hall
  • Placement testing *if not completed prior - Noss Hall, Room 216
  • Campus Information Fair - 2nd floor, Natali Student Center
  • Explore the Bookstore - 1st floor, Natali Student Center
  • PSECU Banking Services - 1st floor, Natali Student Center
  • Campus & Residence Hall Tours - 2nd floor, Natali Student Center
  • Information Technology Services - 2nd floor, Natali Student Center
  • Campus Life Q & A - 2nd floor, Natali Student Center

3:45 pm

Submit survey and depart campus


For parents and supporters:

Are you the parent, family member or guardian of a future Vulcan? Email to ask questions or to set up a phone call with our Office of Parent and Family Engagement.

When you attend New Student Orientation (NSO) with your student, you will have your own break-out session to interact with staff and meet other parents/guests.

The New Student Orientation team is available to connect via: