Penn State's Academic Advising Program is designed to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals; promote intellectual discovery; encourage students to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities; and become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Responsibilities of advisers and advisees
To protect the rights and responsibilities of both student and faculty, the adviser neither grants nor denies administrative approval. The student must assume final responsibility for the successful completion of graduation requirements.
The Adviser's Role
- To understand the University procedures and the academic concerns of the student
- To understand the expected standards of achievement and the student's likelihood of success
- To discuss suitable career objectives as demonstrated by student abilities and interests
- To plan a course of study and advise about courses, adjustments, prerequisites, etc.
- To refer students to other resources when appropriate
- To keep informed and current regarding the specific college and department
The Advisee’s Role
- To acquire information for course scheduling, program planning, and graduation requirements
- To seek academic and career information needed to meet educational goals
- To become knowledgeable about University and college policies, procedures, rules, etc.
- To be prepared with accurate and relevant materials when meeting with the adviser
- To consult with the adviser at least once every semester
Penn State LionPATH is an expert-based, empirically grounded advising and information system delivered online. It was created to supplement student/adviser relationships and to engage students in interactive inquiry for informed educational planning.
Penn State LionPATH offers students a variety of services, including providing each student with the name of his/her adviser; providing an update on the student's cumulative grade-point average (GPA); assisting students in exploring majors; and giving students the ability to drop and add courses and/or withdraw from the University. In an ongoing effort to provide students with the best possible services and information, options will continue to be added to LionPATH as needed.
Learn more about Academic Advising.
Starfish facilitates communication among academic advisers, instructors and students. Instructors use Starfish to alert students to areas of excellence (through Kudos) and to areas where changes are needed (through Flags). These alerts are sent to the student's Penn State email. Students who receive a Flag are expected to reach out to their instructor or academic adviser for more information.
Learn more about Starfish.
Academic Advising Events
The Academic Advising Office is proud to host several events throughout the year to engage students and promote academic advising.
Academic Advising Weeks
Each semester, the Advising Office hosts Academic Advising Weeks to remind students it is time to schedule for the upcoming semester. Meet with an academic adviser at different popular spots on campus including the Great Hall and Library, to discuss your academic plan.
Donuts & Drop-Ins
Hungry for major and scheduling help - and a donut? Join the Academic Advising Office to grab a donut and chat with an adviser about major and scheduling questions.
Lunch & Learn
Through a series of educational, interesting, and thought provoking topics, Academic Advising hopes to engage students in a variety of interactive and informative sessions. If you are interested in speaking at a Lunch and Learn, contact Taylor Cole for more information.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
All new first-year students to Penn State must participate in New Student Orientation. At NSO, you will visit campus to meet with faculty and staff, begin to develop academic and co-curricular goals, become familiar with campus resources, and schedule courses for your first semester to begin putting your academic plan into action.