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. Advising & Scheduling (NSO), is coordinated by the Academic Advising Center and occurs early in the summer. Welcome Weekend is coordinated by Student Affairs, and occurs in August.

New Student Orientation (NSO) 

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 NSO, please contact the Berks Advising Center, 160 Franco Building, 610-396-6280, or email the Advising Center ( 

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Welcome Weekend

August 17-19, 2018

The goal of Welcome Weekend 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 will help to ensure a positive start to your educational pursuits. For questions regarding Welcome Weekend, 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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2018 Welcome Weekend Schedule »

Apply to be an Orientation Leader

Thank you for your interest in serving as an Orientation Leader! Unfortunately, applications for the 2018 process have been closed, and the 2019 Welcome Leader applications will be available toward the end of the Fall 2018 semester.

Fall 2018 Orientation Leader Application

Orientation Leader Expectations

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