DUS News

DUS News

August 22, 2016
Inside Scoop: Get Familiar with the DUS Website

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!   

Important Dates:
  • August 22 (Mon): Fall semester begins
  • August 22 (Mon): Involvement Fair
  • August 27 (Sat at 11:59pm): Regular course drop deadline
  • August 28 (Sun at 11:59pm): Regular course add deadline 
  • August 31 (Wed): College Fair
  • September 5 (Mon): Labor Day holiday (no classes)

DUS Location Change at University Park

During the Fall 2016 Semester, the Division of Undergraduate Studies offices at University Park will be located on the third floor of the Bank of America Building. Our phone number (814-865-7576), general email address (dus@psu.edu), and mailing address (101 Grange Building) have not changed.

Academic Advising: What It Is and How It Can Help

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! 

Who Is Your Academic Adviser?

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

Advising this Week and Next

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.

Your Academic Review

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!

Go To The College Fair

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!  

Welcome Week

Learning your way around University Park? Get some help and start connecting with others by going to events and activities listed in 2016 Fall Welcome Schedule

Involvement Fair

Check out many of Penn State’s student clubs and organizations this week at the Student Involvement Fair in the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park. This fair is a great way to find some interests outside the classroom, enrich your college experience, and add value to your resume.

Want to Add a Class but It's Full?

If there are no seats available in a class you want to take this fall, follow tips at Enrolling in a Course That’s Full

Get Involved in ComRadio

Interested in getting radio experiencebroadcasting, news, entertainment, talk shows, writing, web content, social media, or ad sales? Consider becoming a member of ComRadio, the College of Communications’ radio station. Contact ComRadio to learn more.

Volunteer to Help at Career Days

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 careerfairs@sa.psu.edu for details.

DUS Social Media

Follow the Division of Undergraduate Studies on social media for the latest DUS news, announcements, and events!

Have You Seen MajorQuest?

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!  

Need to Drop a Course?

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.

Apply to Be a “State of State” Committee Member

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.

The Libraries Annual Open House

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! 

Tech Tutors Can Help with that Assignment

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. 

Additional Resources:

Academic Advising Portal
Advising questions? Need academic information? Find answers in the Academic Advising Portal or contact your DUS adviser.

Explore Majors
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.

Advising Appointments
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.

Location Change: The Division of Undergraduate Studies advisers will be located on the 3rd Floor of the Bank of America building during the Fall 2016 semester. Please visit us there. Our phone, email addresses and mailing address remain unchanged as noted below.

Mailing Address

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

Find Us On Google Maps

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.