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The following links are some of the numerous online resources available to help answer your questions or concerns regarding your academic and career success.

Academic Success: http://www.psu.edu/dus/academicsuccess/
Helps you identify factors that can be obstacles to academic success and offer you strategies to overcome them.

Your source for academic advising and academic information at Penn State

eLion: https://elion.psu.edu/
An interactive Web-based service for students, faculty, and advisers that provides access to academic records (grades, transcripts, degree audits, class lists, advising rosters, etc.) and processes (final grade reporting, course registration, course drop/add, withdrawal, etc.).

Focus Online Career Development System
This system allows you to learn more about yourself and careers so that you can make wise decisions regarding your choice of major and career path.  Self-assessments regarding your interests, skills, values and personality help you to learn more about yourself, while career exploration helps you to learn more about careers.  Visit http://brandywine.psu.edu/Academics/Advising/acs_jobinternshipsearch.htm  and click on Focus.  When registering, be sure to enter lion in the access code field.  For your username, use your Penn State access ID (xyz1234) to make it easy to remember.

General Education: http://www.psu.edu/dus/ge/
A common set of requirements that all undergraduates must fulfill. Baccalaureate degree students must take a minimum of forty-five credits in seven different General Education areas in order to graduate; associate degree students must take twenty-one credits in six areas.

General Education (understanding flexibility): http://www.psu.edu/dus/cfe/geindex.htm
This site introduces the flexibility of General Education.  Requirements and comparisons between majors is also available.

Nittany Lion Recruiting
Nittany Lion Recruiting is our on-line job and internship posting system.  Click here, then click on "log in" or "request an account."  Pick up a handout from Advising and Career Services to find out how to perform effective searches.

PSUNet: http://www.psu.edu/ur/undergrad/
This page can serve as a one-stop shop by providing links to major resources within the Penn State system. 

iStudy: http://www.istudy.psu.edu/
The iStudy for Success modules provide an introduction to college-level learning, focusing on areas in which first-year students often need to build skills, such as study methods, time management, and communication. The modules help students prepare for the work that lies ahead of them, both academically and on the job.

Find majors that match your interests, then learn more about them through links to the Undergraduate Bulletin, the major’s website, its Entrance-to-Major requirements, and Recommended Academic Plan.  

Think of it as a mini-major or a concentrated "second major" with fewer required credits. Minors require a minimum of 18 credits and typically no more than 21 credits with at least 6 at the 400 level. In most cases, students do not have to be enrolled in the college that offers a particular minor.

Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin (The Blue Book): http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/  
This bulletin is intended to serve as a basic tool in academic program planning: Students should become familiar with its information. The information in the bulletin covers three major areas.
General Information - The General Information section contains links that describe the University--its responsibilities for resident instruction, continuing education, and research; its policies regarding admission, tuition and charges, agencies and services, and student aid.           
Colleges  - The college links give access to an outline of each college's and school's general requirements and the specific requirements for each major in that college or school. Information on ROTC programs and intercollege programs is also included in this information.
University Course Descriptions  - A brief description of each course offered by every academic unit is presented in this section. In consultation with an academic adviser, the student can use these descriptions to select courses for a semester schedule as well as to plan for course work to fulfill the General Education, general college graduation requirements, and specific major requirements.

University Undergraduate Advising Handbook: http://www.psu.edu/dus/handbook/
The site provides user-friendly advising information regarding University-wide academic policies and procedures. It is intended to be used in conjunction with University, college, and department advising resources. Information, policies, and procedures have been cross-referenced with the relevant University sources. Although the handbook is designed for use at University Park, most information is applicable at other Penn State locations.

Vault Online Career Library
Research employers, industries, and career subjects through free books in VAULT.  Click here to access these excellent resources which are free to Penn State students.