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Things to know before and after New Student Orientation (NSO)

  1. College is extremely different from high school. College requires that you take personal responsibility for your actions, or lack of actions, both in and out of the classroom. You can always find academic support and assistance in the Center for Academic Achievement, room 105, Ross Administration Building (RAB). You must also be sure to communicate frequently and clearly with all of your professors and/or instructors and your academic adviser. 
  2. You must pay your semester bill in order to lock in the courses you've scheduled.
  3. Your attendance at Orientation/New Student Day is mandatory, not optional. New Student Orientation (Part 2) for incoming freshmen for fall 2016 is Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. You must attend all Orientation sessions to give yourself the best possible start at Penn State Beaver.
  4. If you haven't already, be sure to develop a strong, honest line of communication with your family as well as your professors, instructors, and adviser. Let them know what's happening and if/when you need help with anything, whether it's an academic issue or a personal matter.
  5. Pay attention to deadlines. Attend all of your classes; don't skip classes.
  6. If you have academic questions, get help immediately by talking with your adviser or someone in the Office of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Don't consult your friends and don't take direction from them; they might be wrong! Self-advising is very dangerous. It can wreak havoc with your schedule and the amount of time you spend in college to complete your degree.
  7. Check your Penn State email at least once a day. You'll start receiving Penn State emails before the semester begins.
  8. Some of your course times and locations might changeby the beginning of the semester. Be sure to get a final copy of your schedule from eLion right before classes begin.
  9. College is your full-time job for at least the next four years!
  10. If you have a question about anything, ask any staff or faculty member. We're here to help you succeed!


New Student Orientation (NSO) Testing

For testing, planning, and other information, please visit Penn State's New Student Orientation page.

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