Make an Appointment
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To schedule an appointment with your assigned DUS adviser:
- Log into Starfish and click on “Home”.
- Find “My Success Network” in the navigation pane.
This will show you all your instructors and adviser. You can make an appointment with your adviser from their Individual profiles.
- Click Schedule Appointment link.
Calendar (left-hand side) will show dates with open appointment times. Days in bold-face are the ones available for scheduling.
- Click the + icon next to the appointment time that fits your schedule.
- Select a Reason for the appointments.
- Type a detailed description for the meeting to help the adviser best prepare for the meeting.
Once you create the appointment Starfish will send you an email confirming the appointment and will also send you a reminder closer to the appointment time. Your “Dashboard” will show the new appointment that you have created.
To cancel the appointment:
Click the “x” in the upper right of the appointment block on your Dashboard.
If you do need to cancel, please do so well in advance and give your adviser some reasons why the appointment is being canceled.
If you are enrolled in another college at University Park and would like to discuss a change into DUS or ways to explore different majors, check in at the reception desk in the Grange Building lobby or call 814-865-7576, 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:15 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To meet with a DUS adviser at your campus, please contact the Academic Advising Center directly.
Quick Question Advising
Quick Question Advising is intended for questions that can be answered in 5 to 10 minutes. During the semester, students with quick questions can contact an adviser:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 to 4:30 p.m
Check in at the reception desk in the Grange Building lobby.
Acceptable topics for Quick Question Advising include:
- Discussion about adding/dropping courses within deadlines
- Getting a form signed
- Help with LionPATH
- Reviewing Entrance-to-Major requirements
- General Education information not related to your schedule planning questions
- How to transfer credits
Quick Question Advising is not for schedule planning. To discuss course options, please schedule an appointment with your adviser.
Reasons to schedule an appointment include:
- Schedule planning
- Discussion about study abroad
- Questions about changing majors
- Academic difficulty
- Concurrent majors
- Planning for a minor
- Faculty senate petitions
- Changes in academic goals
- Anything that will take more than 10 minutes
Plan ahead for your appointments. Advising appointments fill up quickly during the registration timetable. If you wait until the last minute to make an appointment, you may not be able to meet with your adviser prior to your registration date. If that occurs, please see "choose your courses" with information about how to plan your schedule. You can always review your schedule with your adviser after your registration date.
Do your best to ensure your advising meeting is as productive as possible by following the suggestions at Appointment Preparation.
Emails and Advising
When emailing your adviser, please use your Penn State email account. Also, make sure to include your name and your student ID number. Remember that emails are not text messages and should use professional language. Keep in mind that most problems are better able to be solved during an appointment. We are happy to answer quick questions via e-mail. However, email is not a substitute for advising appointments.
If you need help to make an appointment or have other questions, call 814-865-7576 or come to the Grange Building lobby to speak with our receptionist.