Academic Advising

Academic Advising

What is academic advising?

Penn State's Academic Advising Program is designed to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals; promote intellectual discovery; encourage students to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities; and become self-directed learners and decision makers. Penn State University Park college advising structures explain the advising programs in colleges and majors and also identify appropriate advising contacts across all campuses.

What are the responsibilities of advisers and advisees?

To protect the rights and responsibilities of both student and faculty, the adviser neither grants nor denies administrative approval. The student must assume final responsibility for the successful completion of all graduation requirements.

The Adviser’s Role

  • To understand University procedures and the academic concerns of students
  • To understand the expected standards of achievement and the student’s likelihood of success
  • To discuss suitable career objectives as demonstrated by student abilities and interests
  • To plan a course of study and offer advice about courses, adjustments, prerequisites, etc.
  • To refer students to other resources when appropriate
  • To keep informed and current regarding the specific college and department

The Advisee’s Role

  • To acquire information for course scheduling, program planning, and graduation requirements
  • To seek academic and career information needed to meet educational goals
  • To become knowledgeable about University and college policies, procedures, rules, etc.
  • To be prepared with accurate and relevant materials when meeting with the adviser
  • To consult with the adviser at least once every semester  

What’s new in advising at Penn State?

Penn State LionPATH is an expert-based, empirically grounded advising and information system delivered online. It was created to supplement student/adviser relationships and to engage students in interactive inquiry for informed educational planning.

Penn State LionPATH offers students a variety of services, including providing each student with the name of his/her adviser; providing an update on the student's cumulative grade-point average (GPA); assisting students in exploring majors; and giving students the ability to drop and add courses and/or withdraw from the University. In an ongoing effort to provide students with the best possible services and information, options will continue to be added to LionPATH as needed.

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