Information for New and Transferring Students
The New Student Orientation program, conducted by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), assists new first-year students in evaluating their educational plans by providing them, prior to initial registration, with a comprehensive program of testing and individualized educational planning and academic advising. This program is the first stage of academic advising, providing students with an understanding of their scholastic preparation, academic abilities, and educational and professional interests, and introducing them to the academic structure and degree programs of the University.
The testing component of New Student Orientation is used for educational planning and academic advising purposes, to determine a student's appropriate starting levels in mathematics, and chemistry course sequences, and for basic skills purposes. The testing component involves approximately three hours or less of the student's time. The educational planning and academic advising component of the program provides students and families with an understanding of each student's academic preparation and abilities as compared to other Penn State students through the Profile of Academic Abilities.
The advising component of New Student Orientation also provides to each student an individual interview with a academic adviser in order to discuss the student's educational plans. The program also familiarizes students and families with the wide range of degree programs available at Penn State, acquaints them with the campus and some of its procedures, and helps students to select courses for their first semester of study.
Before you can register for your New Student Orientation session, you must complete your placement exam
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