Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Welcome to Penn State Lehigh Valley!

Students at Lion

Register Now for YOUR New Student Orientation Day!

If you have completed your Educational Planning Survey and Placement Exam, you are ready to sign up for your New Student Orientation (NSO) Day. This day is designed to welcome you to Penn State Lehigh Valley, familiarize you with the academic side of the University, and allow you to build your Fall 2014 class schedule.

Some things to know before you register:

  • Choose from one of seven days to visit campus during the registration process. Dates fill up quickly.
  • Up to two (2) parents/guardians/family may attend with you.
  • The program starts at 9:00 AM and concludes near 3:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.
  • Bring a valid photo ID.

That’s it! REGISTER NOW!!

To help you get started on a path of success at Penn State, you will need to learn more about the Penn State community, academic and co-curricular expectations and opportunities, and ways to begin meeting your educational goals. New Student Orientation (NSO) will help you develop educational goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses to put your academic plan into action.

Timeline for students accepted for fall 2014


Late March







Starting in Late March










Starting in April



After you accept your offer from Penn State and pay your acceptance fee, you will receive instructions (via postcard or e-mail) to complete your Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and online placement test.

Watch for this communication. It contains critical information about your personalized New Student Orientation (NSO) timeline!


Complete your Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and ALEKS Math Assessment online. As stated above, instructions for access and completion will be sent via postcard.

Educational Planning Survey
This survey will help us help you when you visit campus for your orientation.

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement. All entering first-year students, regardless of AP, IB, dual enrollment, and CLEP credits, are required to take the assessment. 


After you complete the Educational Planning Survey (EPS) and math placement test, Penn State Lehigh Valley's Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) will send information about how to schedule your orientation visit.


You will come to orientation to meet with campus personnel, discuss academic choices, learn about student life, and schedule your fall courses. NSO dates fill up quickly, so register for your date as soon as possible.


Use these contacts for additional questions on...

Admissions, PA residency, or changes in Offer or Campus of Admission: Michael Damweber,610-285-5046, or email mjd914@psu.edu


Advising or New Student Orientation: Karen Paddock, 610-285-5074, or email kap184@psu.edu


Financial Aid and VA benefits: Maryann Hubick, 610-285-5033, or email mxh61@psu.edu


Student Affairs and Campus Life: Stephanie Jones, 610-285-5217, or email snf120@psu.edu


AP Exams, Scores, and Credits: Undergraduate students interested in receiving credit for Advanced Placement Examinations should arrange for their official grade reports to be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Penn State. Our ETS code is 2660. http://admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/ap/


Dual Enrollment Credits:  Send official transcript from the college awarding credits to:

Penn State University
Undergraduate Admissions
201 Shields Building
University Park, PA 16802

You must earn a C or better for credits to be transferred. The credits are added to your Penn State Transcript but the grades are not transferred and will not affect your PSU cumulative GPA.