Advising Tools and Resources

Advising Tools and Resources

Advising Tools / Online Resources

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

Academic Success:
Helps you identify factors that can be obstacles to academic success and offer you strategies to overcome them. The points covered on the Department of Undergraduate Studies website are intended to help you obtain information that will assist in making an intelligent decision about which college major to choose. 
Your source for academic advising and academic information at Penn State

DUS Navigator:
This site assists exploratory students who would like to gain a better understanding of personal characteristics (interests, abilities, and values), characteristics of academic programs, and the use of this information in developing their educational plans.

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.).

General Education:
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.

This page can serve as a one-stop shop by providing links to major resources within the Penn State system. 

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.

Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin (The Blue Book):  
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:
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.