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DUS News

August 31, 2015
Inside Scoop: Go to the Knowledge Commons

The Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library is a great place to study, work on a project with your team, hook up your laptop, create a video assignment, get help from media specialists and tech consultants, or just plain read on really comfortable lounge chairs. 

Important Dates:
  • September 1 (Tues): College Fair
  • September 2 (Wed): Regular course drop deadline
  • September 3 (Thurs at 8:00 a.m. EST): Regular course add deadline 
  • September 7 (Mon): Labor Day holiday (no classes)
  • November 13 (Fri): Late course drop deadline

Who Is Your Academic Adviser?

Find out in eLion by clicking on Advising and selecting Adviser Information, where you'll see your adviser's name and contact information. You can also read more about your adviser at Division of Undergraduate Studies Staff.

Advising this Week

If you need advising help Monday–Wednesday this week at University Park, come to the lobby of Grange Building for drop-in advising 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. After that you can still come to Grange with quick questions, or you can schedule a meeting with your adviser at Make an Appointment or by calling 814-865-7576. At all other campuses, contact your Academic Advising Center for assistance.  

Go to the College Fair

Learn about majors that interest you at the College Fair on Tuesday, September 1, 4:00–8:00 p.m., in Findlay Commons (East Halls). Visit college information tables, ask questions about different majors, get free stuff, and enter to win prizes!  

Need to Drop a Course?

If you’re thinking about dropping a course, the regular drop deadline is Wednesday, September 2 (by 11:59 p.m. if you use the Drop/Add link in eLion or 5:00 p.m. if you go to the Registrar’s office in Shields Building or to the department offering the course). Before you decide, read Course Drop and Add Periods and come to Grange Building to talk to an adviser about the pros and cons. If you want to add a course, you have until this Thursday at 8:00 a.m., but remember that eLion is never available 3:00–7:30 a.m.


Note: Some courses, especially part-semester courses, may have different drop deadlines. Check yours by clicking Course Drop Dates in eLion.

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!  

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 7 by 5 p.m.

The Libraries Annual Open House

Stop by the Libraries Open House at University Park on Wednesday and Thursday, September 9 and 10, 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. Students who complete seven stops will receive a certificate and be eligible to win prizes, including a $500 gift card to the Penn State Bookstore, an Apple Watch, or $250 gift card to OrderUp. Students who visit all eleven library stops will also receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last). Bring a friend and your student ID and get set to explore the Libraries many resources!    

Volunteer to Help at Career Days

A great way for a first- or second-year student to check out Fall Career Days on September 15–17 is to volunteer behind the scenes for a couple of hours. You’ll wear an official t-shirt so you don’t have to wonder what to wear, and then you can observe and meet company representatives during morning shifts as you help them set up their booths or you’ll help to check in students during the afternoon. To learn more, go to Volunteering. Contact Sherry Rice at careerfairs@sa.psu.edu.

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? 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 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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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.