New Student Orientation (NSO)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to attend New Student Orientation?

Answer: Yes, every new incoming student will complete the New Student Orientation process outlined here.

What do I need to bring to my New Student Orientation Day?

Answer: A government issued photo ID and any important paperwork you have questions regarding (financial aid documents, transcripts, etc.). You may also want to bring a jacket/sweatshirt as some of the rooms can get a little cold. We will provide beverages.

Where do I need to go for my New Student Orientation?

Answer: Your New Student Orientation Day begins with check-in located in Walb Student Union outside of the Bookstore. Enter from the Crescent entrance, follow the signs, and park in parking garage 2. - campus map

Can a parent/guardian/family member attend with me?

Answer: Yes, your parents, guardians, or guest (maximum of 2) can attend your New Student Orientation Day.

Are placement tests required?

Answer: Students will be required to complete both the Math Placement test (on campus) and the English Guided Self-Placement (online) prior to attending their New Student Orientation Day.

Likewise, all incoming students who need to fulfill a foreign language requirement for their major, and who have completed two years of a foreign language in high school, must complete a placement test prior to registering for any classes.


1. Students who have completed college level math or English at a regionally accredited college (e.g. North Central), a dual credit course, or a school-based program with a grade of C- or above do not need to complete placement tests in these areas.
- Note, official college transcripts must be submitted to Admissions for an evaluation of transfer credits in math or English.

2. Students who have taken math or English AP or CLEP exams and have submitted scores to the Admissions office to be evaluated for transfer credit.

To schedule your math and foreign language (is applicable) placement test, please call Testing Services at 260-481-6600. Placement tests must be completed 24 hours prior to your selected New Student Orientation Day.

What is FERPA?

Answer: Once you begin classes at the university, all of your records including, but not limited to, academic records, financial records, medical records, etc., are protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This law, in working to protect your privacy, can appear to be a roadblock to family members or can work as a catalyst for parents and students to communicate about things like grades and bills. Specific questions about FERPA should be directed to the Registrar

What is goPFW?

Answer: The official mode of communication on campus is email. The university's portal—goPFW—is your link to WebMail, Blackboard, OASIS (how you register for classes), student calendar of events, academic info, financial info, and Helmke Library. Purdue Fort Wayne will use email to communicate with you about registration, billing and other important information. Account activation is required for all students.

- Go to goPFW now and follow the instructions to activate your account.