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Five Important Sources of Information

Getting a college education doesn't just happen to you. When it comes to planning your academic program at University Park you can be a very knowledgeable participant in the process. To be a knowledgeable participant, however, you must know about and use the appropriate resources.

  1. The Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin is one of the most comprehensive sources of academic information available. It gives users access to general University information as well as a review of admission policies, costs, and student services. The Bulletin focuses on the undergraduate programs offered by the University, General Education requirements, and course descriptions.

  2. The Schedule of Courses lists the courses offered each semester. Along with the official University calendar, it can be found at on the web. The Schedule of Courses provides features such as course availability by section per semester and advanced search capability.

  3. The University Faculty Senate Policies for Students. These policies and rules are published for the guidance of students and faculty and apply specifically to undergraduate students at Penn State. Procedural details may differ among the campuses and other locations. Policy statements include topics such as academic integrity, course scheduling, degree requirements, entrance to a college or major, grades, unsatisfactory scholarship, etc.

  4. Preface magazine, with the Welcome Schedule, provides introductory information for students new to the University Park campus. The publication is mailed to new student's local address several weeks prior to arrival day and is also available on the web.

  5. eLion is a web-based system for students, faculty, advisers, parents, and others that provides secure, real-time access to academic records and processes. It provides students with expert-based academic advising, including tailored responses based on individual student input, student academic history, and University policy. Students can register for courses, check adviser assignment, view student aid summary, obtain billing account information, retrieve grades and transcripts, explore majors, and more. (Penn State Access Account required.)
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