Parent Resources - Advising

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When students enroll in the College of the Liberal Arts, they are assigned an academic adviser who works with them as they explore their academic, professional, and personal goals. Advisers assist students in creating individualized academic plans that can include any combination of majors, minors, internships, education abroad experiences, research opportunities, and other curricular and co-curricular involvement. 

Through regular appointments with their advisers, student receive academic, professional, and personal goal setting information specifically geared towards assisting them in navigating their Penn State education. When students have regular contact with advisers, they are more successful. As advisers get to know their students, they can connect students to the most beneficial resources available to them, help them navigate their campus experiences, and mentor them as they progress toward their degree completion.

Advising welcomes parents and families as partners in students’ academic journeys. Parents and family members should encourage their students to make an appointment to meet with their academic adviser at least once a semester.

In addition to scheduled appointments, if students have general concerns that do not require a full appointment, they can take advantage of available drop-in advising and utilize email correspondence. This not only helps your student stay on track with their educational goals, it also provides an opportunity for them to discuss any difficulties they may be facing. In general, the advising relationship is an important component of a student’s educational success. Advisers serve as mentors to encourage their advisees to become engaged in their education, guide them as they navigate this large university setting, and assist with expert advice and appropriate referrals if they are faced with difficult situations.

While we welcome the partnership with parents and families, due to federal requirements outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), University personnel, including academic advisers, are limited in what information they can provide to parents regarding their student. However, if parents have questions or concerns, they may contact their student’s adviser for general direction on how to assist their student as well as receive appropriate referrals. More information on FERPA and Parent’s Rights to Education Records can be found on the University Registrar website

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