Academic Advising

The basic tasks of the University's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote intellectual discovery, to encourage students to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities, and to become self-directed learners and decision makers. University Park college advising structures explain the advising programs in colleges and majors and identify appropriate advising contacts across campus.

Senate policy delineates advising responsibilities. The responsibilities of advisers and advisees are enumerated to provide a framework for this relationship. The following articles are useful guides:

The Academic Advising Portal is Penn State's gateway to online academic information and advising resources. It provides access to important policies and procedures, academic advising tools, professional development opportunities, and support for advisers, faculty, and staff members as they guide undergraduates toward successful educational experiences.

The University Advising Council provides oversight of the University's academic advising program. The members of the council welcome ideas, concerns, or questions from the University community.

The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.


Reviewed: May 2013
Last Update: May 2011

Reference(s): Senate Policies 32-00, 32-10, 32-20, 32-30, 32-40