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The New Student Survey gathered feedback on the transition experience of incoming students to Penn State’s University Park campus. Results from the fall 2021 administration of the survey reveal that:

  • Overall, students are satisfied with their initial Penn State experience with 92.6% stating they would either "probably" or "definitely" choose Penn State again. 

  • Over half of the students feel a strong sense of belonging (58.3%) and felt strongly that Penn State is a welcoming community (73.6%).

  • 45.1% who participated in New Student Orientation reported that it “substantially” or “extremely” influenced their familiarity with campus resources.

  • 88.4% of students participated in Extended Orientation (EO) which was a new, two-hour session held in August 2021 as a part of students’ arrival to campus.  

  • A majority of students (76.6%) “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed that they are aware of the academic supports (e.g., Penn State Learning libraries, etc.) available on campus. 

  • Most students reported that they “somewhat agree” or “strongly agree” that they understand Penn State’s academic requirements (80.1%) and student course/student systems (92.0%)

For more information, visit the PULSE Archive Page to view or download the New Student Survey Report. 

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