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Academic Advising

Student on computer at the Pattee Library As a Penn State student you receive academic advising from professional and/or faculty advisers. You can find your assigned adviser’s contact information on eLion and should make an advising appointment at least once a semester.

The basic objectives of academic advising are to help you identify and achieve your academic goals; promote intellectual discovery; encourage you to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities; and become self-directed learners and decision makers.

The Academic Advising Portal offers additional information for students, while also providing current updates and links to the other departments in Penn State.

Academic Integrity

It is the expectation of the University that students pursue their academics in an honest and ethical manner. Penn State takes violations of academic integrity very seriously.

Contacting Instructors

College instructors are available during their office hours or by appointment. Office hours are typically listed on the course syllabus (an outline of the course content, expectations, and grading basis). You are expected to contact instructors, if you have questions or concerns about course content, policies, or academic performance.

Credit by Other Means

The Undergraduate Advising Handbook and the Undergraduate Admissions website offers great information on how to transfer your credits.

You may transfer credits to Penn State from courses taken at another institution in order to meet degree requirements. (See the Transfer Course Evaluation Guide).

When awarded, all transfer credit is recorded on your transcript, but no grade is recorded, and your grade-point average is not affected. You should discuss with the college adviser the usability of transfer course credit toward your intended degree.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

 The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know, by earning qualifying scores on any of thirty-three examinations that can be scheduled and taken at the Outreach Building at University Park or at a number of Penn State campuses throughout the state.

CLEP exam information can be found on the Penn State Adult Students website, while credit information about CLEP can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Credit by Portfolio Assessment

A currently enrolled student who can document college-level learning acquired in a non-collegiate setting (such as work or volunteer experience, a training program, or a hobby) may be able to petition for undergraduate credit through portfolio assessment.

Military transcripts

A veteran or member of the active armed services or the selected reserves may be eligible for credit for educational experiences in the armed forces.

Course Schedule:

The semester course schedule is available on eLion, as are instructions for scheduling your courses days, evenings or weekends. The Schedule of Courses would also be helpful to students.

Glossary of Helpful Topics

Grades and Credits

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