Your First Year at PSU

Welcome to your first year at PSU! Whether a first-year or transfer student, you will want to review the New Student Checklist to be sure you have taken the necessary steps to get off to a successful start. You can also use myNextSteps, an interactive to-do list that helps you keep track of tasks and deadlines so you can spend more time being a student.


First Step: Orientation

All new undergraduate students are required to attend a New Student Orientation session in order to register for their first term. At Orientation, you will:

  • Meet with an academic advisor from your chosen Pathway or major
  • Be introduced to student advising expectations
  • Review academic curriculum and graduation requirements
  • Learn about resources available to you 
  • Register for your first term of classes 

Advisors are available at each session to help you choose courses that reflect your academic, personal, and career goals.

Please review the pre-Orientation advice and information about math placement and placement for foreign language courses prior to attending your Orientation.


Expectations for Your First Year

Within your first two terms at PSU, you will be required to meet with an advisor from your intended major or Pathway for a First-Year Advising Appointment. During this appointment, you will: 

  • Learn about university, degree, and major requirements
  • Work with your advisor to establish an academic plan that will put you on the right path for your degree

Following that appointment, it is expected that you meet with your advisor at least once a year until graduation. 

Note: If you are a transfer student entering the university with over 90 credits, you will need to declare a major within your first term at PSU.  


Academic advising at PSU is undergoing some changes as the system becomes redesigned. The video below provides some highlights of these enhancements.