For Students

For Students

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.

Watch The DUS Experience. A short video about the Division of Undergraduate Studies as a great place to start.

Academic Advising


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. Adviser contact information can be found at the LionPATH Student Center.

Responsibilities: Take Control of Your Education and Your Career

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.

Meeting with Your Academic Adviser

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 or in the adviser list.

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.

While you may have questions your adviser can’t answer, they can probably refer to someone who can. If you are unsure about how to resolve an issue after looking for a solution yourself, contact your adviser.

Academic Advising Resources - Use these important links below to assist you with your academic planning and to prepare for meetings with your adviser.  

Degrees and Majors at Penn State York

Learn more about academic programs at Penn State York

Career Development


Advising and Career Development offers a variety of services to help students clarify their academic and career goals and to understand how they are related. All students are encouraged to be proactive in their career planning and begin the exploration process early in order to fully take advantage of the resources at Penn State. Here is a basic list of the services we offer:

  • Career assessments
  • Résumé/cover letter reviews
  • Customized class presentations for faculty
  • Job and internship search assistance
  • “Career Week” and networking events 
  • Information about career fairs 
  • Individual mock interviews (in-person and online)
  • Information about effective use of social media

Assessments offers online assessment tools and resources that can help you focus your academic and career planning.  MyPlan is free to Penn State York students and alumni, call 717-771-4053 for more information.

Nittany Lion Career Network (NLCN)

As Penn State’s online job and internship database, NLCN is used by students at all campuses. This comprehensive posting system allows students and alumni to post their résumé and apply for positions while providing networking opportunities via LionLink. 

Both students and alumni can access nearly all the features on NLCN for free and anyone can preview the system as a guest. The on-campus interviewing feature is available for students willing to travel to other campuses for a small fee. Employers can create an account and post jobs for free. Visit the NLCN website for more information.


This networking program helps both students and alumni who are exploring careers, connect with volunteer Career Coaches. Representing a wide variety of careers, the LionLink network of career coaches are all Penn State alumni who can provide valuable insight and advice to any Penn Stater who is exploring careers. Visit the LionLink website for more information.


InterviewStream provides video based mock interviews so that students and alumni are able to practice for upcoming job or internship interviews through a computer with an internet connection as well as a webcam. Interview questions can be customized for a particular career field in order to make the experience more relevant.

Call 717-771-4053 for more information.

CNED 100: Effective Career Decision Making

CNED 100 is a 3 credit course geared towards first and second year students who are exploring majors, their career options, or both. Grounded in career development theory, the course provides a framework for students to think critically about the relationship between academic programs and careers while learning about strategies for effective career planning.

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.