Academic Support

No matter the current status of instruction at Penn State, it is important for students to remain active participants in their own education. All instructional modes are designed to help you reach key learning outcomes and allow you to interact with faculty, peers and course content.

You may have selected courses that enable you to learn on campus or to learn remotely. You also may have chosen to enroll at your home campus. A key factor in your college success is selecting a method of learning that is within your comfort zone and allows you to make progress toward graduation.

For those on campus, guidance is provided on masking, distancing and avoiding gatherings on the Health Guidelines page. Students should also review Penn State's Student Expectations.

Your academic success

Penn State offers a number of resources to keep students on a successful educational path, which is designed to fit their needs as they start or continue their Penn State journey. Information on learning topics, University resources, semester planning and more can be found on Penn State’s Keep Learning website.

Academic advising

With students learning on campus and remotely, we want to assure you that academic advisers across Penn State are well prepared to support you regardless of your location. Academic advisers assist in your academic exploration and planning and support your academic success. You can find your academic adviser by clicking on “My Student Center” in LionPATH. If you have trouble connecting with your assigned academic adviser, use this list of undergraduate advising centers at campuses and the University Park colleges to connect with an academic adviser.

Other helpful academic resources can be found at https://keeplearning.psu.edu/topics/academic-advising/, along with answers to frequently asked questions, and this page of often sought resources.

Technology support

Penn State is committed to providing the highest quality technology resources to help enhance your learning experience. Visit Connect to Tech for more details on how to get started with technology at Penn State. For those who may experience technology challenges, there is 24-7 Technology Support and a live chat is available for authenticated Penn State students, faculty and staff. In addition, you can phone 814-865-HELP (4357) or email ITservicedesk@psu.edu. If you lack reliable broadband and have sufficient cell coverage in your area, it is recommended that you use your phone as a hotspot if learning remotely. Penn State IT has provided instructions on how to set up hotspots on Samsung, Pixel, and iPhones.

Visit Penn State's Technology Resources page to get help, find a tech tutor, obtain a loaner laptop, learn more about Zoom, or find out how to access specialized software for your area of study.

Admission

With access to expert faculty, research opportunities, entrepreneurial resources, and a global network of more than 700,000 alumni, the experiences and knowledge gained at Penn State will form the foundation for the life you want to build. Penn State’s long tradition of academic excellence, investment in student success, and commitment to providing unrivaled opportunities make the University a great place to study, but it is the dedication of our students, faculty and staff that make it truly exceptional.

Learn more about admission requirements, important dates, and other information to get you ready to apply.

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