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New Student Orientation (NSO)

New Student Orientation (NSO)

The New Student Orientation program, conducted by Penn State Altoona's Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), assists incoming first-year students in evaluating their educational plans by providing placement testing and individualized educational planning and academic advising prior to initial registration. The program is the first stage of academic advising and provides students with an understanding of their scholastic preparation, academic abilities, educational and professional interests, and introduces them to Penn State's academic structure and degree programs.

ALEKS Math Assessment

The ALEKS Math Assessment ensures students' readiness for particular math, statistics, and chemistry courses at Penn State. Since these courses are demanding, it is important for students to begin in the course most likely to lead to success.

The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2-3 hour sitting. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset. For additional information, visit the ALEKS site.

Consulting and Advising

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. The advising component of New Student Orientation also provides each student with an individual interview with a New Student Orientation advisor 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.

Special Needs

If you require special assistance during your New Student Orientation date, please contact the DUS Advising Center in advance at 814-949-5084 to arrange the appropriate accommodations.

If you have a learning disability, please submit information and documentation to the Health and Wellness Center.