Family participation is very helpful to students, and we encourage you to attend New Student Orientation. Please note that some activities during the day are planned just for students. College is an opportunity for students to begin making decisions on their own. It is critical for them to take responsibility for their choices of classes, schedules, and majors. Penn State advisers are helpful resources as they make these important decisions. Encourage your student to establish a good relationship with his or her adviser. That adviser will be a reliable source of information, someone your student can go to with any question or problem.
We hope that parents/guardians will review the New Student Orientation site with their first-year student and encourage him or her to take responsibility for getting answers to their questions. While the same general academic information will be given to you and your student at New Student Orientation, the students will develop their class schedule in consultation with academic advisers while families are attending other sessions.
If you have questions after the New Student Orientation day, you are welcome to call the Academic Advising Center, and one of our professional advisers will be happy to answer questions. The telephone number for the Advising Center is 814-949-5084.
Important Web sites for parents/families: