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The following links are some of the numerous online resources available to help answer your questions or concerns regarding your academics.


Academic Calendars:
The Academic Calendar is very useful for your semester planning.  Here you will find critical academic deadlines, university holidays, final exam dates, etc…  For the current semester: http://registrar.psu.edu/academic_calendar/fall11.cfm. For upcoming semesters: http://registrar.psu.edu/academic_calendar/calendar_index.cfm. 

Academic Success: http://www.psu.edu/dus/academicsuccess/
Helps you identify factors that can be obstacles to academic success and offer you strategies to overcome them.

advising@psu.eduhttp://www.psu.edu/advising/
Your source for academic advising and academic information at Penn State

Campus Advisors:  The campus advisor list is currently being revised and will be posted as soon as available.  If you have any questions concerning your advisor, please contact the Advising Center or see eLion

College Representatives: http://www.psu.edu/dus/uac/b6index.htm 
Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisers throughout their enrollment at Penn State. If you want information about a program at another campus/college or outside your adviser's area of expertise, you may need to talk with a college representative knowledgeable about that program. This link provides a list of campus/college representatives who can provide information about academic programs offered throughout the University.

DUS Navigator 101: http://www.psu.edu/dus/dus101/  
This site assists exploratory students who would like to gain a better understanding of personal characteristics (interests, abilities, and values), characteristics of academic programs, and the use of this information in developing their educational plans.

eLion: https://elion.psu.edu/  
An interactive Web-based service for students, faculty, and advisers that provides access to academic records (grades, transcripts, degree audits, class lists, advising rosters, etc.) and processes (final grade reporting, course registration, course drop/add, withdrawal, etc.).

Entrance to Major:
Penn State students not yet assigned to their major confirm the major in their 4th semester.  Students are notified by email at the end of the fall semester to confirm their major on eLion early in the spring semester.  Confirming a major through eLion does not guarantee acceptance.  Detailed information on the Entrance to Major process, requirements, and enrollment controls can be found by clicking below:

The process

The requirements

Controlled Majors

General Education: http://www.psu.edu/dus/ge//
A common set of requirements that all undergraduates must fulfill. Baccalaureate degree students must take a minimum of forty-five credits in seven different General Education areas in order to graduate; associate degree students must take twenty-one credits in six areas.

General Education (understanding flexibility): http://www.psu.edu/dus/cfe/geindex.htm
This site introduces the flexibility of General Education.  Requirements and comparisons between majors is also available.

iStudy: http://www.istudy.psu.edu//
The iStudy for Success modules provide an introduction to college-level learning, focusing on areas in which first-year students often need to build skills, such as study methods, time management, and communication. The modules help students prepare for the work that lies ahead of them, both academically and on the job.

Major Decisions: http://www.psu.edu/dus/md//
The points covered in the Web site are intended to help you obtain information that will assist them in making an intelligent decision about which college major to choose.

Registration Timetables: http://www.registrar.psu.edu/Reg_Timetable/RegTimetable_Main.cfm  
View when your first day to schedule is at any PSU campus for an upcoming semester.

Schedule of Courses: http://soc.our.psu.edu/soc/
This site allows you to view the schedule of courses at all PSU campuses by semester. You can also use the advanced search to view specific categories such as general education areas.

Transfer Course Evaluation: https://www.admissions.psu.edu/my_admissions/tas/?CFID=20767387&CFTOKEN=74688154
This site allows you to evaluate transfer course work to see PSU equivalency. You can search by entering a PSU course number and seeing where an equivalent course is offered or enter another institutions course number and seeing if it is equivalent to a PSU course.

Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin (The Blue Book): http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/  
This bulletin is intended to serve as a basic tool in academic program planning: Students should become familiar with its information. The information in the bulletin covers three major areas.
General Information - The General Information section contains links that describe the University--its responsibilities for resident instruction, continuing education, and research; its policies regarding admission, tuition and charges, agencies and services, and student aid.           
Colleges  - The college links give access to an outline of each college's and school's general requirements and the specific requirements for each major in that college or school. Information on ROTC programs and intercollege programs is also included in this information.
University Course Descriptions  - A brief description of each course offered by every academic unit is presented in this section. In consultation with an academic adviser, the student can use these descriptions to select courses for a semester schedule as well as to plan for course work to fulfill the General Education, general college graduation requirements, and specific major requirements.

University Undergraduate Advising Handbook: http://www.psu.edu/dus/handbook/
The site provides user-friendly advising information regarding University-wide academic policies and procedures. It is intended to be used in conjunction with University, college, and department advising resources. Information, policies, and procedures have been cross-referenced with the relevant University sources. Although the handbook is designed for use at University Park, most information is applicable at other Penn State locations