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The Division of Undergraduate Studies is a unit of enrollment for students who want to explore the many major options within the Penn State system. Also, students who change their academic plans can use DUS to explore new majors or academic programs.

If you have any academic questions or concerns you would like to discuss, there are academic advisors available to assist you. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Amy Petrucci-Effinite: alp23@psu.edu
Billie Jean Horvath: bjr153@psu.edu
Wilma White: wkw1@psu.edu, Staff Assistant

DUS Services and Resources

An Enrollment Option:

Students can be admitted as entering first-year students in DUS. As a first-year student, four full-time semesters (or the equivalent) are permitted. Continuing students may enroll in DUS at any time in their academic career for a maximum of two full-time semesters.

Academic Advising and Educational Planning:

DUS advisers help students evaluate their educational plans, answer questions about exploring major fields, and provide general information about academic policies, rules, and procedures. Provisional students are assigned to DUS advisers who are aware of the special entrance requirements that provisional students must meet.

There are resources available in the office of Career Services. There are also online resources at Start Your Seach (with Major Quest or Major Prep), Major Decisions, and Majors at PSU.

NSO - New Student Orientation:

The New Student Orientation program is a comprehensive program of testing, individualized educational planning, and academic advising for new students.

  • Once you accept an offer of admission, you will be asked to complete the Educational Planning Survey and the ALEKS Math Assessment test.. If you have not received information on taking the placement testing or have problems completing the testing, contact the Penn State Shenango DUS Office 724-983-2860. After 5pm contact NSO Operations at 814-865-2578.
  • Once tested, you will be invited to participate in an academic advising program at your campus of attendance. Penn State Shenango's New Student Orientation begins the second week of June.

The academic advising program is designed to introduce students to the academic programs and structure of Penn State. This includes a discussion of the majors, requirements of programs and an assessment of your placement test results. You will meet individually with an academic advisor to discuss your educational plans. Information gained through attendance at this program will benefit you significantly in working toward your educational goals.

Student Resources:

There are sites, both academic and extra-curricular, that are available to explore. Some of these include: an interactive supplement to the student-advisor relationship (eLion), an information source for academic advice (PSU advising). Information on University academic policies and procedures (advising handbook).

The DUS Network:

DUS coordinates a network of Academic Advising and Information Centers at campuses and colleges throughout the Penn State system. These centers specialize in advising premajor first-year and sophomore students until they are prepared to enter a major. Centers also provide general academic information for faculty, students, prospective students, and others who request it. There are representatives at University Park and at each college/campus location.