Students studying in the Student Success Center.

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: Select and Register for your NSO Date
One business day after you complete the ALEKS assessment you will receive an invitation to register for New Student Orientation. Multiple dates will be available and you will select the date that will work best with your schedule. Requests to change NSO date selections will only be considered if extenuating circumstances are presented.

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