New Student Orientation at Penn State Mont Alto

Congratulations, you're a true blue-and-white Penn Stater. Thank you for joining the Penn State Mont Alto campus community. Whether you’re completing your degree at Mont Alto or getting your start here as part of Penn State’s 2+2 program, we’re here to support you and help you achieve your academic goals.  

And, it all starts with New Student Orientation. During NSO, you’ll meet with students, faculty, and staff, learn more about campus resources, schedule courses for your first semester, and become familiar with campus (that’ll help on the first day of classes). All new Penn State students must complete NSO before registering for courses.  

Students will take part in a multi-step NSO program:

  1. On-Campus New Student Orientation experience*
  2. Course Planning Guide
  3. Virtual Advising: Students meet 1-on-1 via Zoom for one hour to discuss course placements, intended major, first-semester planning, and course registration

*Summer students will need to take part in a virtual NSO meeting AND attend an on-campus experience.

*International students will need to select the virtual International Student Orientation program available.

For specific dates on when NSO is being held, please visit and login into your NSO tasklist.

To help students complete the orientation steps on time, an NSO Tasklist will be available for each student. You will receive a notification sent to the email address provided on your admissions application when you have access. There will also be an access link located on this webpage. You will use your Penn State account (e.g., abc5123) to access this Tasklist. 

In the event of inclement weather or program changes, the Orientation Planning Committee will reach out to impacted students and departments.    

We are looking forward to meeting you! 

Need Help?
If you have any questions after reviewing the NSO website, please contact us at 717-479-6056 or [email protected].

Important Next Steps
New Student Welcome Information - all students
Academic Calendar - all students
Preparing for fall arrival at Penn State Mont Alto - residential students