Welcome Class of 2028!

New Student Orientation 2024

Wednesday, August 21 - Monday, August 26, 2024

Who We Are

New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives

The Office of New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives (NSOAI) would like to welcome the Class of 2028! Our office provides enrichment programs for undergraduate students from the beginning and throughout their Penn experience. These programs serve as beyond-the-classroom experiences for faculty, staff, and students that supplement and enrich the curriculum across all of Penn’s schools and centers. Programs within NSOAI include New Student Orientation for undergraduate, specific population, and transfer students; Second-Year Orientation; First- and Second-Year Experience; Penn Mentor Meals program; and Preceptorials.

What We Offer

New Undergraduate Students

Welcome to Penn! We hope you had fun during NSO and your journey at Penn is off to a great start. In addition to New Student Orientation (NSO), be sure to check out some of the amazing events and opportunities we offer throughout the academic year, including First-Year Experience, and Mentor Meals program.

Current Undergraduate Students

In addition to Second-Year Orientation (SYO), we are committed to the development of Penn’s Second-Year Experience (SYE) program to continue to foster both the individual student and the overall community of second year students throughout the academic year.

Faculty and Staff

Preceptorials are non-credit seminars led by faculty and distinguished guest lecturers, available to Penn undergraduates in Fall and Spring Semesters to supplement the curriculum. The program is designed to foster an interactive, conversational experience with no grades or tests. Apply today to host your Preceptorials throughout the academic year!

Penn Families and Community Members

Welcome Penn Class of 2028 Parents, Guardians, and Families! The resource page for Penn Parents and Families highlights campus resources and different services offered by the Division of Public Safety to help aid your transition, as well as your student's transition, to the Penn Community.

What's New

Penn Mentor Meals Program

Penn Mentor Meals Program encourages students and their mentors to engage in intellectual or casual conversation outside of the classroom and simultaneously provide them with the opportunity to do so free of charge over lunch. The Penn Mentor Meals Program is no longer accepting reservations for the 2024 spring semester. All lunch openings are fully booked until the end of this semester. Thank you for a successful year of programming, we’ll reopen again in September!

Learn More about Penn Mentor Meals Program


Penn Preceptorials are not-for-credit sessions that introduce students to the intellectual and cultural resources of the University. We encourage Preceptorial submission and registration throughout the academic year. Learn how you can submit a preceptorial, become a part of preceptorial committees, or attend a preceptorial.

Learn More about Preceptorials

Penn Celebrates the Arts (PCTA)

Penn Celebrates the Arts (PCTA) is a program that focuses on the vital role of the arts in our lives generally, and to the city of Philadelphia. A special emphasis here will be the performing arts—theater, music, dance, spoken word, and more. Individually and together, these exist through a wide-ranging, diverse, energetic community of companies and artists who both reflect and define our urban home. Learn more about PCTA and the arts in the city of Philadelphia.

Learn More about Penn Celebrates the Arts (PCTA)