Discover House

A Community for Academic Exploration

group photo of 2017-18 Discover House residents

Discover House is a living-learning community for first-year students. The program is designed for students who want to know more before deciding on a major.


In Discover House you will quickly find friends and make the most of University opportunities from the start! As a Discover student you have the option of scheduling select courses and taking advantage of Discover activities that include attending campus events, going “behind the scenes” to check out the stadium, traveling to Washington, D.C., and much more. In addition to opportunities offered to all students, Discover offers programs about majors, minors, study abroad, and careers (to name just a few) designed to help you create your unique Penn State experience.

Opportunities for Discover House Residents

  • Courses with space reserved for Discover House students.
  • Programs led by advisers, faculty, upper-class student mentors that introduce majors, requirements,careers, and related co-curricular activities.
  • Advising workshops that help students make the most of Penn State.
  • Career programs to help students connect interests and majors with opportunities.
  • Discounted tickets to great events on and off campus.
  • Community service events.

Location! Location! Location!  Discover House is on the 5th floor of Beaver Hall. The house is coed; about 70 students living on one floor in Beaver Hall. Beaver is in the Pollock Area. Pollock is just steps away from the center of campus, South Halls, and downtown State College. Pollock is University Park's second largest housing complex. First-year students make up the majority of students living in the area.

Advice from a 2015 Penn State grad:

"Do it! Coming in as a freshman, I only knew people from my high school and that was it. D-House helped me make friends among the thousands of freshman ... I honestly made friends that are going to last a lifetime and I was able to choose a major that I love. Discover House was one of the best decisions I've made thus far ..."

Veronica explored majors in Biobehavioral Health, Biology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology.

She graduated with a major in Biobehavioral Health.

Other Discover House alumni share their perspectives: Hear from Discover House Students

Mailing Address

Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
101 Grange Building
University Park, PA 16802

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Phone and Email

(814) 865-7576
(814) 863-8913
8:00am - 5:00pm (M-F)

DUS at All Penn State Locations

For information on DUS enrollment and academic advising at all Penn State locations, please view our list of Advising Centers to find your location.