Welcome to the start of a new academic year! I’m David Smith, the associate dean for advising and executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Whether you’re a new or continuing student, I hope that the summer gave you time to renew your passion for being curious about our world and for how you want to approach learning—both in and out of the classroom.
I encourage you to share your unique story with your adviser and to talk about what energized you this summer. DUS academic advisers and staff are ready to support you, to motivate you, and to help you define what you value and think big about your education. Let your adviser challenge you to consider how your summer experiences could shape your educational journey, especially in ways that might take you outside your comfort zone. Advisers in DUS are part of your community. Putting your trust in them is important as you look to grow while at Penn State.
To connect with an academic adviser, visit dus.psu.edu/appointments to find out how you can get the most appropriate and timely support. Please be patient with us this first week back when many other students are reaching out too and consider scheduling an appointment if you have an urgent concern. We care about your success and wellbeing and are eager to get you off to a strong start this semester.
The community that we are all a part of is richer and more meaningful because of the unique experiences that each of you bring to DUS and Penn State. We look forward to getting to know you better and to the community we will build together. Best wishes for a good and successful fall semester.
—David R. Smith
Associate Dean for Advising and Executive Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)
Schedule an Advising Appointment
Wed., August 23 — Involvement Fair, 1:00–5:00 p.m., HUB-Robeson Center Lawn
Sat., August 26 — Regular Drop Deadline (11:59 p.m.)
Sun., August 27 — Regular Add Deadline (11:59 p.m.)
Thurs., August 31 — DUS Group Advising: Tools You Need to be a Successful Student, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
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DUS Advising Through the First Week of Classes
- 20-minute scheduled appointment with your assigned adviser over Zoom or in person. This option is best if you have bigger questions, such as those about a change of major or campus, building an entire schedule (if you do not already have a schedule), or academic warning. You can make scheduled appointments with your assigned adviser through Starfish.
- Quick question advising with any DUS adviser over Zoom or in person. This option is best if you have a quick question, such as those about adding, dropping, and swapping courses, alternative General Education courses, world language placement, and instructional modes. No appointment is needed. Quick question advising will be held from 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the first week of classes. You can stop in to the Grange Building lobby to meet an adviser in person or find the link to the Zoom room on the DUS appointments webpage.
- Email your assigned adviser. If you choose this option, you may have to wait for a response. If you have more urgent questions, please consider using one of the other options listed for talking to a DUS adviser.
DUS Advising After the First Week of Classes
- 20-30 minute scheduled appointment with your assigned adviser over Zoom or in person.
- Quick question advising with any DUS adviser over Zoom. 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.
The Involvement Fair is one of the best opportunities to get involved in campus life at Penn State. Student organizations set up displays and have members on site talk to visitors one-on-one about what their organization does on campus. Involvement in co-curricular experiences is one of the most important parts of having a successful college career! You will make friends, learn all about Penn State, and develop invaluable skills you will use in life beyond Penn State. There are over 1,000 student organizations to choose from. Wondering where to start? Start at the Involvement Fair!
Not at University Park? Be sure to check out your campus' student organization office to find
DUS Group Advising Sessions
Tools You Need To Be a Successful Student
Thursday, August 31, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
Register in advance for the August 31 session.
How to Get Involved
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 p.m., via Zoom
Register in advance for the September 6 session.
Undergraduate Research 101
Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
Register in advance for the September 26 session.
Interested in Smeal Majors?
Tuesday, October 17, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
Register in advance for the October 17 session.
Explore and Find the Right Major for You
Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
Register in advance for the October 25 session.
General Education 101
Wednesday, November 1, 4:00 p.m., Grange Building Lobby
Register in advance for the November 1 session.