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.

Penn State's Advising Policy, Senate policy 32-00, is a guide for students and advisers:

The Division of Undergraduate Studies provides advising resources that include Conferences and Seminars and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal. Relevant handbook articles are presented in The Adviser as Educator, Components of Academic Advising, Effective Communication Skills, and Making Effective Referrals. Other resources are offered by the National Academic Advising Association.

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.

Last Update: December 2015

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