DUS News

DUS News

February 20, 2017
Inside Scoop: Map Out Your Semesters

Use the Semester-by-Semester Planning Worksheet to help you plan the courses you need for your major and minor. It’s one of many Tools that can make your life a little easier as you look ahead and manage your goals.    

Important Dates:
  • January 15–April 7 (Thurs–Fri): Late drop period
  • February 13–March 5 (Mon–Sun): Final exam conflict filing period
  • March 5–11 (Sun–Sat): Spring break (no classes)
  • March 6 - (Mon): DUS offices returning to Grange Building
  • April 7 (Fri): Late Drop Deadline

Ecosystem Science and Management Career Fair

You are invited to attend the ESM Career Fair on Thursday, February 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Forest Resources Building.

Students and faculty/staff do not need to register for this event, and are welcome to come and go as their schedules permit. 

A list of exhibitors is posted at http://ecosystems.psu.edu/esmcareerfair.

The C.A.R.E. Fair: Community, Agency, Recreation, Education

Are you interested in an internship, summer job, volunteer position, or future full-time role that impacts the well-being and development of others? Check out the C.A.R.E. Fair on Wednessday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park.

Serve on DUS Leadership Council

If you are interested in serving on the DUS Leadership Council for 2017-18, please schedule an appointment and speak with your DUS adviser about nominating you. Nominations are due from advisers on Friday, March 3rd. Once nominated, students will be invited to complete an online application. There will be two informal informational sessions held on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st. Both meetings will take place in 12 Grange Building from 4:00-5:00 pm. Please enter through the entrance located on the southwest corner of the building across from the HUB parking deck. Current Council members will be available to answer your questions about participating on the Council. Nominees should plan to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the commitment and value of participating in the DUS Leadership Council.

Applications Open for Smeal Student Mentors

Interested in helping first-year students' with questions pertaining to academics and the Penn State community?

The Smeal Student Mentors is an organization of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who assist first-year students with their transition to Penn State. Mentors also help students discover all of the on-campus events and opportunities that Penn State has to offer throughout the school year.


Open: Monday, February 6th

Due: Friday, February 24th to Room 202 Business Building

Found on: www.smealstudentmentors.org

Questions? Email Connor McKeon at ckm5251@psu.edu

DUS Moving back to Grange Building

Beginning on March 6, 2017, the Division of Undergraduate Studies offices at University Park plan to return to Grange Building. We thank you for your patience during the renovation to our building and look forward to working with you from our new spaces. Please plan to see your adviser at their new office in Grange Building beginning Monday, March 6. Our phone number (814-865-7576) and general email address (dus@psu.edu) will not change.

Off-Campus Living

If you’re looking for off-campus housing options near University Park for next year, research your options carefully. Start by using resources at Off-Campus Living or stopping by 230 HUB-Robeson Center

Volunteer at University Health Center

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2017. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students. Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations.  Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/wellness/healthWorks.shtml.

Pre-Law Information Sessions

Students thinking about law school should sign up for a small-group information session before scheduling an individual appointment with the pre-law adviser. See details and dates/times for both the Pre-Law Orientation and the Applying to Law School sessions at Pre-Law Information Sessions.

See Your Adviser

For meetings with your adviser please Make an Appointment online or call 814-865-7576. At all other campuses, contact your Academic Advising Center for assistance.

Qualify for Your Major

All Penn State majors have entrance requirements. Most majors require a minimum cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) of 2.0 and third-semester standing. Some majors, however, have additional prerequisites. For details about requirements to enter the major you want, click on the college that offers it at Entrance to Major Requirements or contact your DUS adviser.

Changing Your Major

If you have reached a decision about your choice of major and meet the qualifications to enter that major, you can use “Update Academics” in LionPATH to process a change into your major. Please be sure to visit with your DUS adviser to determine whether or not now is the time to request a change into your new academic home.

Join a Club

Take a look at Student Activities and Groups and consider how your Penn State experience can get even bigger and better by joining a group that interests you.   

Scholarship Opportunities

Attention Sophomores heading toward the Smeal College of Business:

Information on external scholarship opportunities and how to apply can be found on the Smeal Student Exchange web site under the External Scholarship link:    http://php.smeal.psu.edu/uge/externalscholarships/

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 online 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.

Location Change: The Division of Undergraduate Studies advisers will be returning to the Grange Building beginning March 6, 2017. 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

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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.