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DUSuccess - Helpful Resources for Academic Help

No matter what the expectations, nearly every student encounters challenging experiences or obstacles at the beginning of college that they didn't anticipate. Positive life changes produce stress, and certainly the changes involved in leaving home for college are demanding and can lead to varying emotions including sadness, loneliness and worry. These feelings are typical and part of the normal developmental transition to college.—Villanova University

I Need Help with... Adjustment To College

Resources

Involvement

  • Join a Club
    Search this listing of student organizations that are recognized at Penn State's University Park Campus.
  • Participate in a Cultural Program 
    Learn how to experience the practice, celebration, and demonstration of culture through a variety of performances, presentations, visual performing arts, as well as social and entertainment events.
  • Participate in a Music Ensemble
    Join an ensemble through the School of Music. Small chamber ensembles, large orchestras, bands, and choirs are open to all Penn State students, regardless of major.
  • Take an Art Class
    Contact the Center for Arts & Crafts at Penn State for a variety of art classes and workshops for a discounted fee. This is extra-curricular and not for college credit.
  • Volunteer
    Check out the volunteer organizations at Penn State.

Talking to Someone Who Can Help

  • Get Help with a Disability
    Contact Penn State’s Office of Student Disability Resources (SDR), which is responsible for coordinating support services, reasonable academic accommodations, and promoting disability awareness in the university community.
  • Resources for Veterans 
    Review a list of local and national resources to help returning veterans address common concerns that may impede a quality university experience.
  • Talk to Your Academic Adviser
    Work with your academic adviser to discuss a variety of topics, including how to find the appropriate resources on campus.
  • Talk to a Counselor
    Get information from Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) that can help you resolve personal concerns that may interfere with your academic progress, social development, and satisfaction at Penn State.
  • Visit the LGBTQA Resource Center
    Contact the center if you have concerns related to an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer students at Penn State University.
  • Work with the Multicultural Resource Center
    Receive individual counseling and educational services at the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), a service for undergraduate multicultural students at University Park.

Finding Other Support

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