Registration for the advising portion of New Student Orientation starts mid-April after you have completed your placement testing.
Advising dates begin mid-June.
The advising component is the first stage of your academic advising. The focus of this program is on individual educational planning and academic advising based on a student's strengths. "Strengths are habits, attitudes, talents, abilities, ways of seeing the world and ways of interacting with people, things, and ideas that enable someone to do something particularly well. By capitalizing on one's strengths, motivation is increased, success is more likely, and obstacles are more easily overcome." (Schreiner, Henck, 2007).
At the Behrend campus, our New Student Orientation days run from mid-June to mid-July on select dates with sessions available in the morning and again in the afternoon. The morning session generally runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the afternoon session from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
At the Behrend campus you will be invited to attend a half-day session on selected dates in mid-June through mid-July. The invitation letters will be mailed in mid-April AFTER your placement tests are completed. You are strongly encouraged to keep your calendar free during this time so that you can attend your assigned day. Your families are encouraged to attend this day with you.
- Provides you with an understanding of your academic preparation and abilities as compared to other Penn State students.
- Provides you with the results of your placement tests.
- Provides you with a one-on-one interview with an adviser. During this interview, you will discuss your educational plans and the characteristics of those academic programs in which you have expressed an interest.
- Familiarizes you with the academic structure of Penn State and with the wide range of degree programs available.
- Provides you with a Penn State Student ID. In order to obtain a Penn State id+Card, students must present one of the following forms of photo IDs: A state issued drivers license or ID card, a passport, U.S. Military Photo ID. PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING TO YOUR ADVISING DAY.
- Provides you with a Penn State Computer Access Account. As you will see during the program, your computer access account is very important. On your advising day, you will use your account for on-line registration.
- Provides the opportunity to register for parking permits for students. (Put your permit in a safe place so it is not misplaced between now and the start of the semester).
- Acquaints you with the Behrend campus, our procedures, some of our staff, and our out-of-class environment.
- Helps you select courses and register for your first semester of study. Course selection is done via individual adviser meetings.