New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation

Welcome to Penn State Berks! 

We are glad you have chosen to join us. New Student Orientation activities for incoming students at our campus consists of a two-part program. Part 1, Advising & Scheduling (NSO1), is coordinated by the Academic Advising Center and occurs early in the summer.  Part 2 (NSO2), is coordinated by Student Affairs, and occurs in August.

New Student Orientation Part 1(NSO1) 

After completing placement testing, students schedule a day to come to campus to learn about academic expectations and to schedule their fall courses.  This program is the first stage of academic advising, and provides students with an understanding of their scholastic preparation, academic ability, and educational and professional interests. The program also introduces them to the academic structure and degree programs of the University.

For questions regarding NSO1, please contact the Berks Advising Center, 160 Franco Building, 610-396-6280, or email the Advising Center ( 

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New Student Orientation Part 2

August 17-19, 2018

The goal of New Student Orientation Part 2 (NSO2) is to introduce new students to life at Penn State Berks. The orientation program prepares new students for the academic challenges that lie ahead and shares resources to enhance their success as Penn State students. Becoming acclimated to the campus and meeting other students at New Student Orientation will ensure a positive start to your educational pursuits. For questions regarding NSO2, please contact Autumn Fritz, Assistant Director of Community Development, 9C Perkins Student Center, 610-396-6098, or email Autumn Fritz at

Learn about our orientation programs, register for summer adventures, or get information regarding our other first year programs on the related links.

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2017 NSO2 Schedule » 

Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Calling all student leaders! Fall 2018 Orientation Leader Applications are now available. Download your application and copy of the Orientation Leader Expectations below. Return your completed application to the Office of Campus Life in Perkins 19 by Friday, February 9, 2018. 

Fall 2018 Orientation Leader Application

Orientation Leader Expectations

For more information about becoming an Orientation Leader, contact Autumn Fritz at 610-396-6098 or