DUS News

DUS News - May 1, 2023

Best Wishes from the Associate Dean

Dear Students,

It's amazing to think that we are already at the end of the spring semester. As you complete final exams and other assignments, take time to reflect on the learning you have accomplished this academic year. It's important not to base that just on grades but to truly reflect on the ways that challenges and successes alike have allowed you to grow and to become a better student. 

Even as you look inward, do not hesitate to reach out. Academic advisers in DUS are available over the summer, and we are here to help you as you continue to give thought to your ongoing studies at Penn State. Each of you makes Penn State a better place and we are honored that you are part of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. 

Ideally, the coming summer months will provide everyone some downtime to enjoy friends, partners, and family. Be safe, and do not hesitate to reach out if we in DUS can be of any help. 

Best wishes, 

David R. Smith
Associate Dean for Advising and
  Executive Director
The Division of Undergraduate Studies

New Bulletin Year Updating Soon

The Undergraduate Bulletin updates to the 2023–24 version beginning the week of May 8. While using this tool to explore colleges, programs, and certificates, be sure you are using the appropriate version for your program year. For previous versions of the Bulletin, including this past academic year, visit the Bulletins Archives

Extended Library Hours

Looking for some extra study time in the libraries? Through Thursday, May 4, University Park's Pattee and Paterno Libraries will be open from 7:45 a.m. until midnight. Additional end-of-semester hours at all University Park and campus library locations are available at the University Libraries website. Visitors are encouraged to verify all locations' operating hours before their visit.

Important Dates: 
  • May 1–5
    - Final Exams
  • May 5 (Fri.)
    - Update Academics Shutdown
  • May 11 (Thurs.)
    - Update Academics Turned On
Resource Spotlight: 
DUS Website

This will be the last issue of DUS News until the fall semester. Even though the weekly newsletter will be going on summer break, don't forget about all the information available on the DUS website (dus.psu.edu). You can learn how to explore majors and minors, schedule appropriate courses, work with your adviser, and get involved at Penn State! If you miss us as much as we'll miss you, you can also look through the DUS News archive for information we've shared in the newsletter over the course of the year.

Events and Announcements: 
LAST CHANCE: Take the DUS Student Survey
All Campuses

DUS has an ongoing goal to ensure that all DUS students have access to quality academic advising. To enhance and strengthen how we support you through academic advising, we invite you to complete a brief survey. We value your thoughts and will use the information gathered to carefully assess and further develop our approach to supporting students. Your voice matters, so please take a few moments to complete the survey. Thank you.

De-Stress Fest
All Campuses

During finals week, Penn State University Libraries is offering stress-reducing games and activities to help students relax as they study for finals and complete end-of-semester papers and projects. De-stress Fest takes place at five branch libraries across the University Park campus and at 12 Penn State campuses across the commonwealth, offering free snacks, games, activities, art therapy and other stress-management options, which vary with location. Check out the full event details so that you can relax and reset with De-Stress Fest. 

Caring Canines with CAPS
University Park

Our furry best friends are back! De-stress during finals week by cuddling with some caring canines at CAPS.

When: Tuesday, May 2, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (rain date: May 3)

Where: Student Health Center Lawn

Help Send DUS Over the Edge
All Campuses

Want to see DUS executive director and associate dean, Dr. David Smith, rappel down Beaver Stadium? Help send DUS Over the Edge for Centre County United Way (CCUW)!

In DUS, we recognize the value and importance of community, and CCUW advocates for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Centre County. CCUW has been Penn State's designated charity of choice for nearly 50 years. "Take the leap" with us by making a donation to support the residents of Centre County.

DUS Advising This 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 (QQA) with any DUS adviser over Zoom or in person. No appointment is needed. Quick question advising will be held Monday through Thursday from 9:00–11:00 a.m. You can find the link to the QQA waiting room on the DUS appointments webpage. 
  • Email your assigned adviser.
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.