PENN New Student Orientation

About PENN New Student Orientation

The Office of New Student Orientation & Academic Initiatives (NSOAI) provides enrichment programs for undergraduate students from the beginning and throughout their Penn experience. These programs serve as beyond-the-classroom experiences for faculty, staff, and students that supplement and enrich the curriculum across all of Penn’s schools and centers. Programs within NSOAI include New Student Orientation for undergraduate, specific population, and transfer students; Second-Year Orientation; First- and Second-Year Experience; Penn Mentor Meals program; and Preceptorials.

The Challenge

NSOAI came to us with an out-of-date site that did not represent the vibrant array of programing and events it offers New PENN students. They needed a way to provide up-to-date events information and personalized mandatory events schedules to incoming students.

The Solution

  • We did a complete redesign of the NSOAI site with input from the NSOAI team.
  • We extended our Events Plugin to meet the needs of NSOAI.
  • We created a database of student schedules searchable by PENN ID and managed by staff with a CSV import.
  • Annually we meet with staff and interns to improve and build out new functionality.

We are proud to have created a site for NSOAI that conveys the vibrant new student community and gives Staff the tools to disseminate information quickly.

Tracy Levesque