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DUS News

April 25, 2016
Inside Scoop: Shhhh: Quiet Places to Study

Get ready to prepare for finals. Check out these quiet places to study at the libraries and other places on campus.

Important Dates:
  • April 29 (Fri): Withdrawal deadline
  • April 29 (Fri): Classes end
  • May 2–6 (Mon–Fri): Final exams
  • May 9–June 6 (Mon–Mon): Maymester (University Park)
  • May 16–June 24 (Mon–Fri): First summer session (University Park)
  • June 29–August 10 (Wed–Wed): Second summer session (University Park)

Extra Hours for Libraries, Buses, Coffee, Parking

Beginning this week, many Penn State libraries will be open extra hours to make it easier to find quiet places to study or work with your group on projects.

Medical Monday

Are you a first- or second-year student with questions about applying to medical school? On Monday, April 25, 3:30–4:20 p.m., in 201 Thomas Building, you can learn the basics of the application cycle, including prerequisite courses, how to strengthen your candidacy, and the committee letter process. Though the focus will be on applying to medical school, dental, optometry, and podiatry applicants are also welcome!

Study Abroad Next Spring: Deadline Approaching

Planning to study abroad during spring 2017? Applications are due May 1. Visit Global Programs for details. 

If You’re Worried about This Semester

Take a look at these end-of-semester options in case you are not earning acceptable grades or are having other difficulties:

  • Can’t finish a course on time? Consider requesting a deferred grade (make these arrangements with your instructor before the final exam period begins on Monday, May 2).
  • Doing poorly in all or most of your courses? Then withdrawal from spring semester might be appropriate. (The deadline is this Friday.)
  • Need or want to take fall semester off? Find out how to request a leave of absence.

If you have questions about these policies, talk to your DUS adviser.    

LionPATH Basics
  1. Log in to your LionPATH Student Center by clicking the yellow box at launch.lionpath.psu.edu/node/1.
  2. Complete Pre-Registration Activities in the To Do List box (required before you can schedule)
  3. Check your Holds box. If you have any hold, resolve them.
  4. For registration steps and tips, follow ​A Guide to Fall 2016 Registration with LionPATH.
  5. Learn about getting on a Wait List and Swapping a Class.
  6. For technical support, submit a Get Help with LionPATH online request, or contact ITS at 814-865-4357 or 204 Wagner Building, University Park.

Is LionPATH Saying You Don’t Meet Prerequisites?

If you know you meet prerequisites for a course you’re trying to schedule, but LionPATH says you don’t, make sure the section you chose does not have controls you don’t meet. Find the course in Search for Classes and click on the Class or Section link to see details. Look in the Enrollment Information and/or Notes boxes for controls (for example, it may be a first-year seminar or for students in certain semesters or those enrolled in a specific college).

Trying to Schedule but LionPATH Says You Have a Hold?

When you log in to the Student Center in LionPATH, make sure you complete the Pre-Registration Activity Guide in the To Do List box! Every semester a Pre-Registration Activity Guide will appear in your To Do List.  It contains a Financial Responsibility Agreement as well as Emergency Contact information. Completing in your To Do List will release the Financial Responsibility hold and allow you to schedule classes.  

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

On the LionPATH launch page, find important academic announcements and links to resources, including the LionPATH Student Center.

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