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Brandon McCartney

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Brandon McCartney

Academic Adviser

4th Floor Kern Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-3298

Office Hours:

  • NOTE: Liberal Arts Academic Advisers will not be holding in-person scheduled or drop in appointments during Penn State's remote learning period. Please utilize Starfish to set up a phone or zoom appointment, or email your adviser with specific questions.
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  • Economics Advising
  • Drop-in/quick question advising:
  • Mondays 1:30-3:00
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:45
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:45
  • Thursdays 1:30-3:00
  • Fridays 10:30-11:45
  • Summer hours by appointment only.
  • Appointments: All academic planning and change of major processing should be done during appointment advising.  To schedule an appointment, please visit the website listed below.


  1. B.A. Spanish, Valparaiso University
  2. M.A. College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University


As an undergraduate student, I was undecided about my major during my first year. I eventually chose to major in Spanish and studied abroad in Zaragoza, Spain for a semester. I also served as a Resident Assistant for two and a half years. Both of these experiences were instrumental in my decision to pursue a career in higher education.

In graduate school, I helped plan educational trips and advised students in the Honors College at Bowling Green State University. During this time, I also had an opportunity to complete a summer internship at Keele University in England. After graduate school, I worked as a residence hall director at Hood College for two years.

As an academic adviser, I enjoy having meaningful conversations with students about their major and career interests. I enjoy working in the liberal arts, because there are so many opportunities for students to learn a wide range of skills across different disciplines.

In my free time, I play guitar, read history books, and serve at my church. I also have a small dog named Chewie and am an avid Chicago Cubs fan!

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