Welcome to Penn State’s University Park Campus!

There is truly something here for everyone and you are an essential part of what makes Penn State great.

Navigating Penn State will be challenging. The work will be both intellectually stimulating and demanding; after all, we are a teaching, research and public service university. Some classes are large and others are small. Always ask questions and seek answers. Be encouraged and stay motivated.

It is my hope that this Adult Learner Handbook serves you beyond your first week of classes and that you find it a valuable “go-to” reference guide on your academic journey. Whether you take a combination of classes online via the World Campus, attend classes evenings or weekends through Continuing Ed, or sit in the classroom at University Park, we promise to make your undergraduate experience a memorable one.

Plan to do something new every month. Diversity adds value. Let your imagination, ingenuity and thirst for exploration be your guide. Although you will have numerous responsibilities juggling your academics, managing your families, work, and community service, I strongly encourage you to try something new during your college experience. Join the adult learner and student veteran organization or one of 900 other clubs, attend a Distinguished Speaker Series lecture, take advantage of the many theatrical or musical performances, compete at any level, take up a hobby, do something you’ve never done before…after all this is a new adventure! Tour the nuclear plant, take advantage of education abroad, attend homecoming, take photos at the Lion Shrine, climb Mt. Nittany, take a tour and so much more – it’s all waiting just for you!

Opportunity is the key to your success and it lies not only in books but in your whole life experience.

Discover. Engage. Grow.

Penn State and You … Making Life Better.

Leslie A. Laing
Assistant Director Adult Learner Programs

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