Orientation gets new students ready for college life

August 15, 2012

Members of the class of 2016 at Penn State New Kensington begin their college careers with the annual academic and campus orientation program.

Known as Pride Days, the two-day program is a series of sessions designed to give first-year students the tools necessary to make a smooth transition into University life. Incoming students meet with staff, faculty and peers, and participate in activities designed to help them adjust to life at Penn State. During the first part of the program, Tuesday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 22, students will attend one of the two small-group orientation days and learn to manage their academic curriculum and navigate the electronic resources on campus as well as meet other students.

The second part of the program on Thursday, Aug. 23, Academic Convocation and All Prides Day, brings together all first-year students to meet informally with faculty and advisers and take part in group activities.

Orientation concludes with a maritime journey of Pittsburgh's three rivers. The annual evening cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper brings together nearly 400 freshmen from the Penn State campuses of Beaver, Greater Allegheny, Shenango and New Kensington. As the new semester dawns, the incoming class joins the upperclassmen Aug. 27 to begin working toward their bachelor's and associate degrees.

For more on student life at the campus, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/StudentLife/default.htm online.

For the orientation schedule, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/44815.htm online.


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Last Updated August 15, 2012