University Park

Division of Undergraduate Studies returning to Grange Building

Student Orientation and Transition Programs and Summer Session moving to new location

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Effective March 13, the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) has returned to its permanent location on the first floor of the Grange Building, a space renovated to better meet the needs of the division’s nearly 4,000 students.

A large, open lounge area will provide students with a more welcoming space as they come to DUS to meet with academic advisers, and will also serve as a multifunction space for DUS programming. Other improvements include a reconfiguration of office space to provide more capacity for student advising appointments.

DUS is the largest enrollment unit for first-year students across the University. It leads the development of advising policies and practices, manages the University-wide academic information network, and provides general academic advising for current and prospective Penn State students.

Effective March 20, two other units within Penn State Undergraduate Education, the Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs (SOTP) and the Office for Summer Session, will move to the third floor of the Bank of America Building, taking the space previously occupied by DUS during Grange Building renovations.

The expanded office space will position these offices to better serve students, their parents, and campus partners. The sharing of space and resources between the two units will also allow for better stewardship of staff time, money and energy, allowing them to focus on program development and supporting students.

The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs supports successful academic, social and personal transitions to the University through New Student Orientation (NSO), Transfer Student Orientation (TSO), Welcome Week programs, and a variety of initiates to support students changing between Penn State campuses.

The Office for Summer Session works with colleges to expand and develop creative offerings for summer study and administers the LEAP and STEP programs.

The Division of Undergraduate Studies, Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs, and Office for Summer Session are part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated March 13, 2017