New Student Orientation

Summer 2024


Students deposited for Fall 2024 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.



Accepted students must pay their deposit to be able to register for and attend NSO. Once you have made your deposit, please register for a date of your choosing:

Visit next steps for more information and to register.

New Student orientation student schedule

Time Event
8:15 - 8:45 am Check-in and Registration – Pogue Student Center Lobby
  • Bookstore
  • IT Services
  • Admissions (including transfer)
  • Continental Breakfast                              
8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcome, Overview and Dismissal of Students into Peer Groups
– Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room

9:15 - 10:00 am

Meet your fellow students and Orientation Leaders! Campus Scavenger Hunt
– Outside, various locations (Rain location – Baron-Forness Library)

10:00 - 10:10 am Break
10:10 - 10:40 am Student Success – Van Houten North
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Health and Wellness
  • Office of Residence Life and Housing

10:45 - 11:15 am

Student Leadership and Involvement – Van Houten North

  • Campus Clubs and Organizations
  • Campus Recreation
  • Welcome Weekend
11:20 am – 12:30 pm Talk with academic representatives about testing and transfer credits, schedule questions, success coaching and more! – Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room
12:30 - 1:30 pm
  • Lunch – Van Houten
  • Table Fair – Pogue Student Center
    • Visit with various campus resources to gain knowledge of the additional programs and services PennWest has to offer.
1:30 - 2:00 pm

Specialized Sessions

  • START – Pogue 143
  • Specialized Sessions – various locations
    • Student Engagement: Pogue Theater
  • Placement Testing – Baron-Forness Library
    • Math placement test proctoring is available for students who have already taken the exam once but need to retake it in order to score into the math class needed for their major. The placement exam has up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete.
    • If you have not completed your English placement exam, you will be provided information on taking the exam and provided space to complete it on site to ensure the most accurate course schedule. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you cannot complete the exam on site, a QR code for taking the placement after NSO will also be provided.

1:30 - 3:30 pm Choose your own adventure!
Visit offices to take care of last-minute business:
  • Financial Aid – Hamilton Hall
  • Student Accounts – Hamilton Hall
  • Success Coaches – Baron-Forness Library 2nd Floor
  • Parking – Police Station
  • Student Housing – Pogue 2nd Floor
  • Bookstore – Pogue Ground Floor
  • IT Services – Ross Hall
  • Health and Wellness Services – McNerney Hall 1st Floor
  • Office for Students with Disabilities – Crawford Center
  • Admissions – Academy Hall
  • Transfer Services - Hamilton Hall

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tours – Leaving from Pogue Student Center

  • Residence Hall Only
  • Campus (including commuter areas, food service locations, recreation centers, etc.)

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Evaluation and Checkout – Pogue Student Center


For parents and supporters:

Are you the parent, family member or guardian of a future Fighting Scot? 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: