For Parents and Families

For Parents and Families


While students ultimately bear most of the responsibility in their pursuit of a degree at Penn State, they often cite their network of family members as providing crucial support. Parents, siblings, spouses, and partners are frequently high on the list of those credited by students at commencement. Please use the information and resources below as we support your student, and help them to clarify and achieve the academic and career goals.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1974. FERPA protects the privacy of student education records. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA. Learn more about FERPA.


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Degrees and Majors at Penn State York

Learn more about academic programs at Penn State York.

Academic Advising

New Students

All new students should meet with an adviser to plan for a successful transition and to discuss how their educational goals relate to their career goals.

After the offer from admissions has been accepted, what happens next? Follow this link to find out.

Empowering Students to Take Control of Their Academic and Career Goals

All students at Penn State are assigned an academic adviser who is a full-time faculty member or professional adviser. Advisers help students develop an appropriate plan of study for their academic and career goals.

While both the academic adviser and the student have a number of responsibilities, the student must assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.

It is each student’s responsibility to contact, and meet with, their academic adviser regularly. The contact information for each student’s adviser is located at the LionPATH Student Center and can also be found in the campus directory.

Students should be in contact their adviser at least twice each semester:

  • During “Check in with Your Adviser Week”, the fifth week of each semester.
  • To discuss course scheduling for the following semester.

Academic and Career Resources

For Academic Planning

  • Recommended Academic Plans: Find the requirements for any major at Penn State broken down by semester in a table format. The plans show one possible path to complete a particular degree. Recommended academic plans are especially helpful to consult when interpreting a degree audit.
  • Accessing an Audit: Degree audits are available for all major(s) and minor(s) in which the student is currently enrolled. Detailed instructions are provided in LionPATH help. "What-If Reports" are available to help student evaluate the requirements of majors and minors that they are considering. Detailed instructions are provided in LionPATH help. Students should run a new audit every semester before meeting with their academic adviser to discuss courses for future semesters.
  • LionPATH Class Search: View the courses offered by any Penn State campus as soon as they are posted.
  • Entry to Major Requirements: All Penn State majors have entrance requirements. Most majors have just a few entrance requirements while others are very specific and tightly controlled. Find the entrance requirements for any major through this link.
  • Academic Calendar: Find the drop/add deadline, the late-drop deadline and other important dates during the semester here.
  • Penn State Webmail: Important messages from a students’ adviser, faculty, and others throughout the University will be sent to a students’ Penn State email address.

For Exploring Majors

Here you will find a collection of resources to narrow down the list of majors at Penn State and learn more about them.

For Career Planning and Exploration

Explore how majors are related to careers, the types of education and training required for specific occupations and career planning resources.

Preparing for the Internship Search

From résumé and cover letter preparation to interview strategies, you’ll find specific information required to effectively prepare for a variety of positions.

Locating Job Postings

You can expand your search for jobs and/or internships with these links and resources.

Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer

Read the full disclaimer which describes the shared responsibility among Penn State Career Services (including University Park and Commonwealth Campus career offices) and internship/job seekers in researching and identifying potential concerns about the legitimacy of employers and their respective postings.