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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.


  • Friday, July 14


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.

Can’t make it to a New Student Orientation session in person? We have a virtual orientation option available to you! Register now for more information.

schedule of events

8:00 am
Check-in - Gemmell Student Center 1st Floor 107
Resource Fair - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor
9:00 am
Welcome! - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • Staff Greetings
  • Overview of day’s schedule
9:15 am
PennWest Essentials - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (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
10:15 am
Parents/Guests: Break-out session - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Students:  Connection activities - Grunenwald Science and Technology Center (STC) Room 122
11:15 am
Financial Aid and Student Accounts - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • General Session with Q and A
Student Success (delivered by Success Coaches) - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (MPR)
  • Define “Success Coaching”
  • General transition to PennWest discussion
12:25 pm - 1:25 pm
Lunch - Eagle Commons Dining Hall
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
TRIO Meeting - Becht Hall 332
START Meeting - Grunenwald Science and Technology Center (STC) Room 120
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Academic Department Meetings  - Locations
  • Students will meet with their department representative (See Locations above for more details)
Department Location
Biology, Earth, & Environmental Sciences Gemmell 250
Business, Economics & Communication Gemmell 246
Chemistry, Mathematics & Physics Gemmell 252
Communication Sciences & Disorders Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 138
Computing & Engineering Technology Gemmell 248
Criminal Justice, History, & Politics Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 147
Education Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 203
English, Philosophy & Modern Languages Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 134
Exercise, Health, & Sport Sciences Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 122
Nursing & Health Professions

Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 120/125

  • Allied Health/Allied Health Leadership & Nursing - STC 120
  • Medical Imaging Sciences - STC 125
Psychology, Counseling, & Art Therapy Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 145
Social Work, Sociology & Human Services Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 136
Visual & Performing Arts Gemmell 275
Undecided/Undeclared Major Grunenwald Science & Technology Center (STC) 205
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Choose your afternoon!
  • Office for Students with Disabilities. - Becht Hall 109
  • Financial Aid walk-in office counseling. - Becht Hall 118
  • Placement testing *if not completed prior - Grunenwald Science and Technology Center (STC) 140
  • Campus Information Fair - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor
  • Explore the Bookstore - Gemmell Student Center 121
  • PSECU Banking Services - Gemmell Student Center 102
  • Campus & Residence Hall Tours - Depart from Gemmell 2nd Floor
  • Information Technology Services - Becht Hall 107
  • Campus Life Q & A - Gemmell Student Center 2nd Floor
3:45 pm
Submit survey and depart campus



Are you the parent, family member or guardian of a future Golden Eagle? 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.


Last Updated 7/12/23