Advising at the Eberly College of Science begins with a college meeting at new student orientation. During this meeting, you and your family will learn about the overall structure of the college, our programs and majors, our opportunities for academic enrichment, and strategies for academic success. Plus, you’ll learn how to interpret your math and chemistry placement scores, and you’ll use these results to schedule your first-semester math and chemistry courses. We’ll also ask you to indicate your intended major within the college.
Following the college meeting, you’ll attend the department meeting for your intended major, where you’ll learn about the major’s specific academic requirements. You’ll receive curriculum guides, web resources, and (in some departments) advising handbooks. You’ll also finish planning and scheduling your first-semester courses, in consultation with your faculty or professional adviser.
The Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP) gives you the chance to begin your journey at Penn State University Park as part of a learning community: a group of first-year students who live and take classes together. As a LEAP student, you’ll take two courses with classmates who live together in your dormitory area, and you’ll have an upper-level student mentor to guide you through your first semester. This exciting and comprehensive experience is offered only during the summer and only to first-semester undergraduates admitted to University Park. (If you’re admitted to fall semester and would like to be a part of LEAP, you can change your admission to summer by contacting the Admissions Office.)
During Welcome Week, you’ll have the opportunity to check out the campus, get to know your adviser, and learn about activities around campus you can get involved in.