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New Student Orientation Program

Advising in the college starts with the new student orientation. The college meeting is attended by nearly all students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science and their families. During this meeting, students and their families learn about the overall academic structure of the college, the college's programs and majors, the academic enrichment opportunities within the college, and strategies for maximizing academic success. In addition, they learn how to interpret their mathematics and chemistry placement scores, and use these results to schedule their first semester mathematics and chemistry courses. During the college meeting students are also requested to indicate their intended choice of major within the college.

Following the college meeting, students attend the department meeting for their intended choice of major. During this meeting students and their families learn about the specific requirements of their intended major. Students are also provided curriculum guides, Web resources, and in certain departments, advising handbooks. In addition, students plan and schedule their first semester courses in consultation with faculty and/or professional advisers.


LEAP (Learning Edge Academic Program) provides entering freshmen the chance to begin their journey at Penn State University Park by way of a learning community. LEAP students take two courses, in a class of 24, that are reserved exclusively for first-year students, live together in the same dormitory area, and have an upper class student mentor to guide them through their first semester. This exciting and comprehensive experience is offered only during the summer and only to first semester undergraduates admitted to University Park. (Students who are admitted to fall semester can change their admission to summer by contacting the Admissions Office if they'd like to be a part of LEAP.)

Welcome Week

Welcome week gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to check out the campus, get to know their advisor(s) and learn about activities around campus they can get involved in.

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