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.



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.

schedule of events

Time Event
8:00 am Check-in & Resource Fair - Pogue Lobby                                   
9:00 am

Welcome! - Pogue MPR

  • Staff Greetings
  • Overview of day’s schedule
9:15 am

PennWest Essentials (students & parents/guests) - Pogue MPR

  • 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: Break-out session - Pogue MPR
Students:  Connection activities - Van Houten North

11:15 am
*Assigned by groups, then switch! 30-minute sessions

Financial Aid and Student Accounts - Pogue MPR

  • General Session with Q and A

Student Success (delivered by Success Coaches) - Van Houten North

  • Define “Success Coaching”
  • General transition to PennWest discussion
12:25 pm – 1:25 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Specialized Sessions

  • Declared students will meet with a department representative.
  • START - Pogue 308
  • Undeclared Students (Edinboro) - Pogue 243
2:30 pm - 3 pm Transfer Student Session
Trio (California and Clarion)

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
*Choose your own, depending on needs.

Choose your afternoon!

  • Office for Students with Disabilities in office counseling. - Crawford
  • Financial Aid walk-in office counseling available. - Hamilton Hall
  • Placement Testing *if not completed prior - Van Houten South
  • Campus Information Fair - Pogue Lobby
  • Explore the Bookstore - Pogue Lower Level
  • PSECU Banking Services - Pogue Lobby
  • Campus & Residence Hall Tours - Pogue Lobby
  • Information Technology Services - Pogue Lobby
  • Campus Life Q & A - Pogue Lobby

3:45 pm

Submit survey and depart campus


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: