College is extremely different from high school. College is about taking personal responsibility for your actions (or inactions), both in and out of the classroom. You can always find academic support and help through the DUS office in Sharon Hall 201.
- Develop a strong and honest line of communication with your family as well as your instructors and adviser. Let them know what's happening and if you need help of any kind.
- Pay attention to deadlines, and go to all of your classes every day.
- If you have academic questions, go to your adviser or the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Office for answers. Don't consult your friends, they may be wrong. Always consult your adviser or DUS staff. Self-advising is very dangerous and can wreak havoc with both your schedule and the amount of time you spend in college to complete your degree.
- You need to check your Penn State mailbox and your email at least once a day when the semester begins. You'll begin to receive Penn State emails before the semester begins.
- Some of your course times and locations may change by the beginning of the semester. Be sure to get a copy of your schedule from LionPATH right before classes begin.
- College is your FULL-TIME job for at least the next four years.
If you have a question about anything, ASK any staff or faculty member. We're here to help you succeed!