There's a gold mine of information at 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!
Take a look at what academic advising is all about in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, meet DUS advisers and learn how you can make and prepare for an appointment, how you can plan and manage your progress toward a degree, and where you can get some extra help. It’s all good!
In LionPATH, go to your Student Center. Notice the vertical row of boxes on the right side of the first page? The bottom box has the name and contact information for your assigned adviser. You can also read more about your adviser at Division of Undergraduate Studies Staff.
If you need to meet with a DUS adviser at University Park during drop/add period (this Monday through Friday), come to the third floor of the Bank of America Building, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You wll see the first available DUS adviser. For meetings with your own adviser after that (to discuss topics that are not important to resolve during the drop/add week), Make an Appointment online or call 814-865-7576. At all other campuses, contact your Academic Advising Center for assistance.
If you are a University Park student, make sure you read the flags, kudos, and messages your adviser sent recently. They include comments and suggestions about your goals, your grades, and your schedule for this semester. Check your Penn State email account for this. It’s important!
Learn about majors that interest you at the College Fair on Wednesday, August 31 from 11-3pm on the HUB lawn. Visit college information tables, ask questions about different majors, get free stuff, and enter to win prizes!
A great way for first- and second-year students to check out Fall Career Days on September 13-15 is to volunteer behind the scenes for a couple of hours. You get to wear an official t-shirt and observe and meet company representatives as you help them set up their booths during morning shifts or help to check in students during the afternoon. To learn more, go to Volunteering. Contact Sherry Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
This awesome tool lets you select your interests and find majors that relate to them. Below each major in your results will be links to important details about the major to help you learn more and prepare for a conversation with your adviser. So go forth and explore MajorQuest!
If you’re thinking about dropping a course, the regular drop deadline is Saturday, August 17 (by 11:59 p.m.). Before you decide, read Course Drop and Add Periods and come to the third floor, Bank of America Building to talk to an adviser about the pros and cons. If you want to add a course, you have until this Sunday at 11:59p.m.
Note: Some courses, especially part-semester courses, may have different drop deadlines.
State of State is a student-run organization that hosts an annual conference in February for the Penn State community. By bringing together innovative speakers and community leaders, State of State creates a dialogue on the present and the future of the University. Check out the link above and apply to be a committee member by September 4 by 5 p.m.
Stop by the Libraries Open House at University Park on Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 and 8, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. It’s a great way to get familiar with the Libraries in just an hour or less, play some games, and perhaps win some fun prizes. Bring a friend and your student ID and get set to explore the Libraries many resources!
Need help with a course assignment that requires technology (Excel, Word, Photoshop, PowerPoint, etc.)? Visit Penn State’s Tech Tutors at the IT service desk in the Knowledge Commons or in Pollock Computer Lab above the Testing Center, Monday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and Friday 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Or go online and click Get Help Now Sunday to Thursday, 1:00 pm–10 p.m.
Making decisions? Use Exploration Resources to help you make informed choices.
Start with the LionPATH launch page to access your Student Center as well as find links to critical resources.
Want to contact your academic adviser? Follow instructions at Make an Appointment.
Penn State Events
For a list of workshops, seminars, information sessions, career and major fairs, and more, visit the Events Calendar at Penn State.