Division of Undergraduate Studies

Division of Undergraduate Studies

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.

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 advisors 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. 

New Student Orientation (NSO)

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

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 (LionPATH), 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.