DUS News

DUS News - October 3, 2022

News: 
Do You Have Three Finals in a Row?

If you have three final exams on one day or three exams in consecutive periods you can file an Overload Conflict Exam Request Form if you are at University Park, Harrisburg, or Behrend campus. If you are at another campus, please contact your campus registrar. The University Registrar explains the final exam conflict procedure.

Don't know when your exams are? You can view your exam schedule in LionPATH. Look for the "Final Exam Schedule" module on your Student Home Base.

Thinking About What to Schedule?

When thinking about what to schedule for next semester, keep the Undergraduate Bulletin in mind. The Bulletin allows you to search Penn State's more than 160 degree programs and view the course requirements for each. Each tile on the Programs page represents one major, and you can click on the tile to learn more about it. Once you select a major to view, the "Suggested Academic Plan" tab on the right-hand side will provide you with the recommended course sequence for that major. The suggested academic plan also allows you to click on a course and view the description and pre-requisites. You can use this tool as a guide to determine what courses you should schedule for the spring semester.

Important Dates: 
Resource Spotlight: 
Penn State Learning

Looking for help with your courses? Check out the many services offered at the learning center at University Park or any Penn State campus

Events and Announcements: 
DUS Scholarship Now Open for Applications
All Campuses

The DUS Scholarship recognizes and awards $1,000 to outstanding DUS second-year students who have engaged meaningfully in exploring their academic options. If you are a second-year student enrolled in DUS (at any campus) with a GPA of 3.50 or above, we encourage you to apply. For complete details and how to apply, visit the DUS Scholarships page on the DUS website. Applications are due by Sunday, October 30, 2022

Take the Food and Housing Needs Survey!
All Campuses

The Food and Housing Needs Survey is open through October 21. Take the survey at https://bit.ly/food-housing-survey for a chance to win an Amazon gift card in an amount up to $50. The University is seeking your input—whether or not you have had trouble meeting basic needs—to guide future initiatives around housing and food insecurity.

Be a Part of the Penn State End-of-Year Video
All Campuses

Each year, Penn State releases an end-of-year video to celebrate what made the past year special and to wish community members a good winter break. This year, you can show us an image or short video that represents your favorite thing about Penn State for a chance to be included in the new video! If you're a DUS student or staff member, you can use this form to submit your photo/video for consideration. All submissions are due by Friday, October 7 at noon. You must be logged in to your Penn State O365 account to access the submission form. 

HHD Career Exploration Week
University Park and Online

Where could a degree in Health and Human Development (HHD) degree take you? Learn about majors, careers, and professional development during HHD Career Week, October 3–7.

Nutrition and Dietetics Virtual Information Session
University Park

On Tuesday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m., Nutrition and Dietetics option students in their second or third year or who are pre-majors are invited to attend an information session to meet one of the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement. DUS students interested in this option are invited to attend. This session will cover: 

  • All the requirements to earn the DPD Verification Statement
  • Pathways to earn the Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentials
  • Career options with the NDTR and RDN credentials

Students must pre-register for the session to be sent to the Zoom link.

Group Advising Sessions
All Campuses

DUS will be holding Group Advising Sessions throughout the fall semester as a way to discuss popular advising topics with groups of students. These sessions are open to all DUS students and will help you to learn more about the topic and to ask questions in a friendly, open environment. For more information on each session visit https://dus.psu.edu/group-advising. All sessions are held in the Grange Building Lobby, unless otherwise listed on the website.

Fall 2022 Sessions

All sessions are at 4:00 p.m. ET and held in the Grange Building Lobby.

October 4: Interested in Smeal? 

Please register in advance for the October 4 session. 


November 1: Explore and Find the Right Major for You

Please register in advance for the November 1 session. 

DUS Advising for Fall Semester
University Park

There are three ways you can talk with a DUS adviser at University Park (Note: DUS students at other campuses or at other colleges at University Park should check how advising services are being offered where you are):

  • 20–30 minute scheduled appointment with your assigned adviser over Zoom or in person.
  • Quick Question Advising with any DUS adviser over Zoom or in person. No appointment is needed. Quick Question Advising will be held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9:00–11:00 a.m. You can find the link to the Zoom room on the DUS appointments webpage.
  • Email your assigned adviser.
Quick Question Advising
University Park

Have a question that can be resolved in a short 5–10 minute conversation? Join us for Quick Question Advising in person or via Zoom on the dates and times below. Some of these topics include: discussing adding/dropping courses within deadlines; getting a form signed; using LionPATH; reviewing entrance-to-major requirements; learning about general education information not related to schedule planning; and transferring credits. Quick Question Advising is not intended for in-depth conversations.

For students enrolled in DUS:

  • Email your assigned adviser. Use your Penn State email.
  • Come to the Grange Building lobby or click here for Quick Question Advising via Zoom. Please note that a DUS adviser is only available during the times listed below. All times are Eastern Time.
    Monday 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday 9:00–11:00 a.m.
    Wednesday 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Thursday 1:00–3:00 p.m.
    Friday No Quick Question Advising

For students not enrolled in DUS:

Follow Us on Instagram
University Park

The Division of Undergraduate Studies is on Instagram! Follow us @PennState_DUS to see student/alumni stories, academic tips, events, announcements, and more. Share your own DUS story with us using #PennStateDUS for the chance to be featured.