Retention and Support
Pre-first year Science and Engineering (PREF) Program
The PREF program is offered in the six-week summer session prior to the start of the freshman year and introduces students to college calculus, physics, and chemistry courses as well as a study skills course (with technical emphasis). This program helps prepare its participants for college course work and teaches essential time management skills needed to handle the challenges of first-year course work.
Each student is assigned a faculty adviser from within his or her major who is available to help map out academic plans and answer questions regarding career goals.
Science Advising Center
Reaching professional goals of conducting research and going to graduate or professional school (medical school) is a journey that requires collaboration between the student, adviser, and often the Science Advising Center. The staff in the Science Advising Center can assist students to achieve these goals.
Cooperative Education provides students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in a corporate environment while still pursuing an undergraduate education.
First-year in Science and Engineering (FISE) Interest House
FISE House is located in Ritner Hall. FISE House works to help students succeed in their first year of college and promotes diversity in gender, race, and ethnic backgrounds. FISE House offers first-year students in science and engineering an opportunity to live and study with students who share not only common academic interests, but many of the same introductory math and science courses.
All incoming first-year students to the Eberly College of Science are encouraged to apply for various scholarships, grants, and awards. Each year, approximately 10% of incoming freshmen receive Eberly College of Science scholarships, awards, and prizes that do not require repayment. Many others receive non-repayable aid from other University sources, service groups, industries, or charitable organizations. Fellowship support is available to those who go on to graduate study at Penn State.
Schreyer Honors College
Entering first-year students with excellent high school records and exceptional SAT scores are invited for membership in the Schreyer Honors College. Participants in the Scholars Program have the opportunity to participate in Honors courses, independent study and research, flexibility in planning a program of study, an Honors adviser, access to graduate courses, close interaction with faculty, study abroad, and the possibility of integrated undergraduate and graduate study.
Student Organizations in the Eberly College of Science:
MIST (Minorities in Science Technology)
Nittany Chemical Society
Nittany Pre-medical Society
Pre-dental Society of Penn State
Nationality and Diversity Organizations at Penn State:
Penn State University Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.
Other Organizations at Penn State:
Communications/Publications & Performing Arts Organizations
Professional Fraternities and Honor Societies
Religious and Spiritual Organizations
Residence Hall Organizations
Special Interest Groups
Sports and Recreation-Related Organizations