First Year Student Orientation

Summer and Fall 2021

The 2021 orientation program is entirely virtual. However, we are happy to announce the addition of an optional in-person component with opportunities to visit campus and build connections with other students!

Virtual Orientation Sessions

The hybrid model stands as a required virtual orientation experience. Virtual orientation sessions are online-live, in real time and scheduled through your Penguin Portal. During these sessions, you will meet with an orientation leader, attend a college overview, and meet with an academic advisor for course scheduling.


Optional In-Person Component

Upon completion of your required virtual orientation, you will be invited to attend an optional in-person session on campus. More information on the registration process for the Orientation Summer Social will be provided during your online orientation. This social will provide an opportunity for you to interact face-to-face with your orientation leaders and other students. We hope you will join us as you begin this exciting journey!

YSU Orientation Portal:

  • Orientation is a requirement for all first year undergraduate students.
  • After receiving your official acceptance packet from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, follow the instructions to activate your Penguin Portal account utilizing the Username and six-digit YSU student ID number (Y00000000) provided. If you have any problems, please call the Tech Desk at (330) 941-1595 or email
  • Once your account is activated, you can then register for your Orientation session. The online reservation system is available 24/7. If you need to reschedule your session, you can log back into your account again, if necessary. Space in our sessions is in high demand, so register as soon as possible.
  • Instructions and program details will be confirmed via email once your reservation is submitted; and a reminder will be sent one week prior to your Orientation date.
  • If you have any questions, please contact FYSS at (330) 941-2131 or email us at