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As a Penn State student, you are expected to take responsibility for your educational choices, including choice of major and choice of courses. Academic advisers are available to assist you in educational planning and to help you learn information specific to Penn State. Your responsibility begins on your advising day and academic advisers will be there to help every step of the way.

In order to prepare for the educational decisions you will make, you must complete the following preparatory assignments:

  • Understanding a Penn State Degree interactive module.
  • Course Registration Overview interactive module.
  • Exploring Your Academic Choices homework assignment. Bring the completed homework to your advising day.
  • If you took Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another institution, complete the Transfer Credit homework assignment.
  • Come to campus and go to the M.S. Grumbacher Information Sciences and Technology Center (Grumbacher) room 106, and obtain your Penn State ID and access account. Bring a photo ID with you.

 At your advising day, you will be making some initial choices about your education at Penn State.

  •  You will have the opportunity to discuss your choice of college or major (although you will not declare your major) and  placement testing results, and, if appropriate, make changes to your college of enrollment.
  • You will work with an academic adviser to discuss your educational plan and create your schedule for first semester.


The goal of your advising day is to help you better understand your college education and its components. Academic advisers in your college are available to help you consider your possibilities. As you learn more about yourself and Penn State, you may make changes to your educational pathways. If you discover you would like to make changes to your academic choices, advisers are available to facilitate the process.