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Finding Answers to Questions

Because University Park campus offers so many challenges and opportunities you will probably, soon after arrival, find yourself captivated by just how much there is to know and to do.

A valuable skill to learn early is knowing where to get accurate information when you need it, and who to ask for help if you have a problem. We offer several tips:

  • On campus, the Residence Life staff are helpful sources of information and referral. RAs or CAs will introduce themselves soon after you move in, and you may also want to visit the coordinators in the area Residence Life offices.

  • Since many students use the HUB-Robeson Cultural Center (HUB) between classes as a place to eat, study, or talk with friends, it's helpful to know about the services offered by the HUB-Robeson Information Center personnel. The HUB-Robeson Information Center staff is well informed about campus events and activities. They sell CATA bus tokens, lend the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper, and is one of the campus receptacles for lost and found. The HUB-Robeson Information Desk is open seven days a week, 7:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The HUB-Robeson Center is open 24 hours a day during the semester.

  • Consult the Student Guide to General University Policies and Rules for information about the code of conduct, discipline system, and facilities use.
    Conduct policies:
    Academic policies:

Other sources of information include those on student clubs and organizations, health education issues and religious worship activities.

  • The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness staff provide alcohol and marijuana intervention programs, HIV testing, nutrition counseling and tobacco cessation programs.

  • Visit the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, housed in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Eisenhower Chapel, to learn more about the religious/spiritual groups at Penn State and the opportunities for character and ethical development. You may also visit

  • Linking up with student groups, volunteer opportunities, or interest clubs is very important to most students. The Student Organization Directory can be found online at

  • Finally, look for the Preface magazine with its Welcome Week insert; it will be arriving in the mail shortly before arrival day. These publications will continue your introduction to UP and give you a calendar of the introductory Welcome Week activities that have been arranged for students who are new to the University Park campus.
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If you have questions specific to your major, we suggest you make an appointment with your academic college/department. When visiting with the academic college/department, you should arrange for your visit to either end by 10:00 a.m. so you can be in Shields Building by 10:30 a.m. for the tour, or for the college visit to begin after 12:30 p.m.