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First-Year Engagement

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First-Year Engagement (FYE) is an array of opportunities for new students to become familiar with Penn State and specifically the York campus. Students learn about the University, campus policies and procedures, meet faculty and staff, and students, and discover more about academics, classes, co-curricular activities and programs.

At Penn State York, the First-Year Engagement has two mandatory steps prior to the start of the academic year:

Step I

New Student Orientation and Advising Component (NSO) - Introduces students and their families to the rigors of academic life in a day long program that includes, placement testing, discussing course selection, and scheduling classes. The NSO day is scheduled during the summer and includes meetings with academic advisers.

Step II

New Student Orientation Part 2 – Campus Life - New students will have the opportunity to meet one another before classes begin while also interacting with current students, faculty, and staff. The goal for the day is to make the transition to college life easier. The daylong program helps new students get to know one another, the campus community, and their expectations as Penn State students. This year’s Campus Life Orientation will be held on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 2016.

Visit The Orientation Page

Step III

The First-Year Engagement continues with a yearlong series of academic and co-curricular programs including Welcome Week, college meetings with academic advisers, Early Progress Reports, University Park connections, and participation in day trips.

Please contact the Student Affairs office at 717-771-4045 for more information.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week encourages all students to kick back and have fun as the semester starts up. Whether it be noon time entertainment, evening performances, an all-campus picnic, something is scheduled each day/evening for the first week of classes. These events allow new and returning students to mix and mingle with faculty and staff and get to know who's who on campus. In addition, there is Club Rush, an organization and club fair to provide students the opportunity to get involved with co-curricular programs and activities while on campus.

College Survival Skills Seminars

College Survival Skills seminars, focus on the technology skills needed to be successful in your classes.  Seminars cover eLion, WebMail, ANGEL, and Word.

Academic College Meetings

In September, students are invited to college meetings according to  their chosen or intended academic major. For example: students in or aspiring to be in the college of engineering will meet together, along with the engineering faculty and advisers, to discuss academic goals, develop future course schedules, and network with upperclass student. Students uncertain of their major can attend several meetings to explore their options. 

Nittany Success Center Workshops

Take advantage of free workshops in the Nittany Success Center that hone your skills as a college-level learner.  Learn how to learn, how to study, how to take notes effectively, how to better manage your time, and how to take and pass a test.

Take a Faculty or Staff Member to Lunch

Invite a faculty or staff member to lunch.  Pick-up a coupon in the Student Affairs office and have a free lunch in the Lion's Den or The Bistro.

Lunchtime Faculty Information Sessions 

Join a faculty member for lunch in the Lion's Den and chat about your major, your classes, internships and jobs. These informal sessions give you the opportunity to ask academic questions and resolve concerns.

DUS Navigator 101

Wondering how to successfully navigate your first year at Penn State? Have a major in mind, but don't know enough about it? To help you deal with these issues, academic advisers in Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies have developed DUS Navigator 101, an educational planning program for first-year students. Contact the Advising and Career Development in the Main Classroom building for more information.



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First-Year Engagement Plan (PDF)