If you have already accepted your offer to Penn State, welcome! We are sure you have received a number of items from us already with information on housing, financial aid, your future education, and more. But, we want to draw your attention to an important program that starts off your Penn State career in the best way possible: FTCAP!
The First-Year Testing, Consulting, and Advising Program (FTCAP, pronounced “fit cap”) serves as an introduction and orientation to Penn State for first-year students. While this program is important for scheduling your first semester classes, FTCAP offers incoming students so much more! But, it also comes with your first real “homework” as a Penn State student, so make sure you are prepared.
In addition to the chemistry and mathematics placement tests you take prior to your advising day, first-year students need to complete an Educational Planning Survey (required to complete before the placement tests) and review online modules about Penn State degrees and their requirements, course registration, and academic choices. Going through these homework assignments will prepare you for your advising day – there is a lot to cover, so we want to make sure you have a good understanding of everything before we start.
Once you complete the placement tests, you will receive a postcard in the mail with the date of your advising day campus visit. This date is automatically scheduled for you upon completion of your placement tests. If you need to change it, you can do that online by visiting http://www.dus.psu.edu/ftcap. If you are less than a week away from your FTCAP visit, please call the FTCAP office to change the appointment. FTCAP advising days run from the middle of May through the middle of July, so you have a number of dates from which to choose.
This advising day will be busy – so take your placement tests soon and be sure to read your homework in preparation. And don’t forget to bring a valid, federally issued photo ID for your advising day, as you will need it to get your id+ card and Access Account.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this FTCAP overview, where we explain a little bit more about what to expect when you arrive for your advising day. We are excited to see you on campus and teach you about life at Penn State!