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DUS News

August 3, 2015
Inside Scoop: Tuesday is the Late-Drop Deadline

If you’re thinking about Late Dropping a Course, check with your adviser first or come to Grange Building during walk-in advising to talk about the pros and cons. Remember, the deadline for most second-session courses is this Tuesday, August 4.

Important Dates:
  • August 4 (Tues): Late course drop deadline *
  • August 12 (Wed): Withdrawal deadline *
  • August 12 (Wed): Classes end *
  • August 14 (Fri): Final exams *
  • August 24 (Mon): Fall semester begins​

     * date applies to University Park (For important summer-session dates at all campuses, see the Summer 2015 Academic Calendars.)


Tips, Tools, and Answers

Looking for a major? Trying to revise your fall schedule? Got questions about tutoring or getting involved at Penn State? Check out Student Resources in the Academic Advising Portal. You’ll find tips and links to just about everything you need.

Need a First-Year Seminar?

If you’d like to add a first-year seminar to your fall schedule but didn’t have any luck on your orientation day, remember to keep your eye on the Schedule of Courses, because seats continue to open as students revise their schedules. Tip: When searching, select Additional Search Criteria then choose First-Year Seminar Courses under Additional Course Types. Another tip: There are some seminars—L A 083S and L ST 083S (Liberal Arts and Library Studies, respectively)— that are controlled for DUS students, so all seats are for you! Take a look; you may be surprised how many seats in these and other first-year seminars are available.

Places to Study

Looking for a quiet, comfortable place to study? You might find some good spots at University Park Study Spaces or the Libraries Quiet Study Areas and Lounge Areas. At all campuses, you can also check out Library Hours by Location and take advantage of campus Computer Lab Hours and Locations, too.

Your Academic Review

If you are a University Park student, you will receive an Academic Review in within the next few weeks from your DUS adviser. Your Academic Review will include comments and suggestions about your goals, your grades, and your schedule for next semester. Check your Penn State email account for this. It’s important!

When and Where Are Your Final Exams?

If you are enrolled at University Park this summer, you can see your final exam schedule in eLion by clicking on Final Exam Schedule under Schedule. Students at other campuses can learn their final exam schedules by contacting their instructors or campus Registrar's office

Make an Appointment with Your Adviser

To meet with your adviser at University Park, use the online Make an Appointment program, or call 814-865-7576 or come to the Grange Building lobby and ask the receptionist for help. At other Penn State campuses, contact your academic advising center.

Transferring Credits You Earned Somewhere Else

Are you wondering if Penn State will accept credits you earned at another college or university? Check for yourself by using the Transfer Course Evaluation Guide (also available in eLion by clicking on Advising and then selecting Transferring Credits). If Penn State has evaluated the course, this guide will show whether the University will award General or Specific Credits for it. If you have questions, get in touch with your academic adviser (contact information for your adviser is in eLion under Advising (Adviser Information)

Additional Resources:

Academic Advising Portal
Advising questions? Need academic information? Check out and bookmark Academic Advising Portal or contact your DUS adviser.

Explore Majors
Making decisions? Use the Exploration Resources on the DUS website to explore and make decisions about possible majors

Make An Appointment
Want to make an appointment with your adviser? Use our Make an Appointment system!

Penn State Events
Interested in more events at Penn State? For a list of workshops, seminars, information sessions, career and major fairs, and more, visit the Events Calendar at Penn State.

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University Park, PA 16802

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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.