Parents & Families of New Students

Welcome to the Nittany Lion family!

The Parents Program offers a variety of services for parents of Penn State, University Park students. Our staff is available to answer your questions, make referrals, and provide timely information to assist you and your student during the transition to our University. If you have any questions prior to your student’s arrival, please email us at or call 814-863-1313.

While your student will receive information about important deadlines closer to the start of their first semester, you may be wondering what next steps you can take to support your student and begin your orientation to Penn State. ____________________________________________________________


Apply for Student Aid:

All new students (first-year and transfer) are encouraged to apply for student financial aid by March 1st by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Penn State’s Federal School Code is 003329.

Secure Housing:

On-campus housing is guaranteed and required for first-year students attending Penn State, University Park. Students who accept their offer of admission online will be able to pay their admission fees and housing deposit as well as accept their Housing and Food Services contract at the same time. Students who accept their offers of admission by mail will be able to view their Housing and Food Service Contract at eLiving once the University receives their acceptance fees. PLEASE NOTE: Every student must log on to eLiving to confirm that their housing contract status is “ACCEPTED.” Living preferences can also be designated on eLiving before semester deadlines.

Prepare for New Student Orientation (NSO):

New first-year students are required to participate in New Student Orientation. After students accept admission to Penn State, they will be eligible take the online placement tests when they become available in March. Your student will receive a postcard to get the process started. Following your student’s completion of the placement tests, the campus of admission will contact your student about scheduling the date for New Student Orientation. Parents and family members are encouraged to accompany your student as there is a parallel program for family members focusing on the ways you can support your student’s transition to Penn State and details the numerous resources available to supporting family members. If students have additional questions, they may visit the Orientation website or call 814-865-4178.



Begin Connecting with Penn State Resources:

Parent Information Form: As a parent, guardian or family member of a Penn State student, you are a part of our community. We hope you will take advantage of the numerous opportunities to get involved at Penn State. To get started, please complete our Parent Information Form so that we can ensure you are made aware of upcoming events in your area and at University Park, networking opportunities, and important dates and information that pertain to your student.

Parents, please allow two business days for your student's admissions deposit to be processed by the University. Early attempts to complete the Parent Information Form may be denied until your student's status is updated. Thank you for your patience, and please return soon!


Those who complete the Parent Information Form in its entirety by August 1, 2014 will be entered to win one of the prizes below to kick off your experience as a Penn State parent. Prizes include the following:

Penn Stater Hotel Guest Room Package

A complimentary two-night stay at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College, PA during Parents and Families Weekend, October 11-12, 2014. Please note that these dates cannot be changed and must be used during the weekend noted.

Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Package

Certificate redeemable for four tickets to a Center for the Performing Arts show of your choice at University Park Campus during the 2014-2015 season (September 2014 – April 2015). For more information, please visit Some restrictions apply and Broadway performances are excluded due to contract requirements

Parents & Families Newswire: Do you want to learn more about what’s happening at Penn State? The Parents & Families Newswire is a monthly e-mail providing links to current Penn State news for interested family members. PLEASE NOTE: Parents of new Penn State students will begin receiving the Newswire when their student begins classes. However, we invite you to sign up early if you are interested.

Explore the Parents Program website: Visit the program website for more information about Parents & Families Weekend, getting involved while your student is at Penn State, answers to frequently asked questions, information about transportation and lodging, and to read past issues of our Parents Pride e-newsletter.



Below are some additional resources you may find useful in assisting your student’s transition to Penn State:


Parents of Commonwealth Campus Students

If you are a parent of a new student at one of Penn State’s Commonwealth Campuses, please visit the appropriate campus website for more information.