Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

    New Student Orientation prepares students for the transition from one school to the next as well as the opportunities awaiting them at Kutztown University. Orientation programs are offered for first-time freshman, transfer students, as well as parents.

  • 2. What is an ARD?

    ARD stands for Advance Registration Deposit. This is the $275 deposit that a student sends to KU after being accepted to indicate their intention to enroll. Information about the New Student Orientation Program will be sent to students after the ARD has been paid.

  • 3. Is Orientation Required?

    Orientation is a mandatory one day program for incoming freshmen and transfer students to help them become acquainted with campus and academic life at KU.  Orientation is optional for parents and family members.

  • 4. When are Orientation programs offered?

    There are a series of online programs offered during the summer for students attending the fall semester.

  • 5. Do families interact with freshmen during the Orientation events in the summer?

    There is a Family Orientation available online.

  • 6. Am I required to take any placement assessments before enrolling at KU?

    Yes. Kutztown University wants to maximize your success as a student by taking steps toward ensuring your proper course placement. Students are required to complete the Aleks Math Placement before attending orientation (see below).

    ALEKS Math Placement  

    In order to register for a math course at KU, you must have an ALEKS score. The assessment will ask up to 30 questions and take approximately 90 minutes to complete. This is not a test. 

    *Students with transfer credits that have been evaluated and accepted to Kutztown as MAT 017, Introduction to Mathematics, have met this requirement and do not have to take the placement exam. If you are transferring into a major that requires more than introductory math, you must take the assessment.

     Modern Language Placement

    The placement exam is only for students with previous language experience who want to continue studying that same language. Earn up to nine free credits! Click here for password and the instructions. 

  • 7. What if I need special accommodations for persons with disabilities, injuries, or other circumstances requiring accommodations?

    Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

  • 8. Will I receive my course schedule during orientation?

    Freshmen course schedules are prepared in advance by the Office of the Registrar. Students will have a chance to review this information at orientation and ask questions about degree requirements. A faculty advisor will be available to review academics, services to students and how to make adjustments to schedules.

  • 9. Is my orientation experience complete once I attend the one day program in the summer?

    There is a mandatory two-day weekend orientation for all students occurring in August called Welcome Weekend. You will receive more information about this event through your KU student email over the summer.

  • 10. What if there is an emergency and cannot attend my orientation?

    If there is an emergency, please contact the Office of New Student Orientation at 610-683-4088 or by email at