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Transfer Students and Adult Learners

Transfer Students and Adult Learners

Step 1: Activate your Access Account
You should have received an email, to the address you provided on your application to Penn State, inviting you to activate your student access account. You will have one week upon receipt of this email to activate your account. Without this account, you will not be able to view financial aid awards or complete the ALEKS Math placement exam (not all transfer students require the placement test). Additionally, without this account you will not be able to move through the orientation process or schedule courses. If your email link is expired, please contact Penn State Identity Services: 814-865-HELP (4357) or

Pro-Tip: Can’t find the email? Check your SPAM folder.

Step 2: Complete the ALEKS Math Placement Exam and the Educational Planning Survey (non-Transfer Adult learners will need to complete this step; Transfer students can skip this step).
After you pay your deposit you will receive an email (to the address provided on your application) to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Exam and Educational Planning Survey. These assessments are required and must be completed as soon as possible. New students must complete this step in order to receive a formal invitation to register for orientation. Non-transfer adult students cannot schedule fall courses without completing the orientation experience. For more information about the ALEKS placement test, visit

Pro-Tip: The ALEKS Placement test should be taken very seriously! Allow 2-4 hours to complete the assessment and find a place with little distraction (not in a Starbucks!).

Not pleased with your score? After completing 10 hours of module work, students will have the opportunity to retest (students are limited to three attempts at the assessment). This is strongly recommended for engineering, science, and business majors who did not place directly in Math 140 “Calculus” on their first attempt at the placement. Also, give the Educational Planning Survey your full attention! This information is used to help tailor your advising session to your needs and interests.

Step 3: Register for orientation through VZO
Transfer and adult learners will have a virtual online orientation to complete. After completing the online orientation experience, you will be contacted to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment to talk about your specific program needs. To “schedule” for this virtual orientation, you will select the orientation event “Transfer and Adult Learners Orientation Event- Fayette Campus.” More information on this virtual orientation will be available soon.

If you have questions regarding the New Student Orientation for Transfer and Adult Learners, please call Penn State Fayette Student Success Center at 724-430-4119 or email us at