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Things to know before and after New Student Orientation:

  1. College is extremely different from high school. College is about taking personal responsibility for your actions (or inactions), both in and out of the classroom. You can always find academic support and help through the DUS office in Sharon Hall 200.
  2. You must pay your semester bill in order to lock in the course you've scheduled.
  3. Attendance at Orientation/PSU Preview day is mandatory, not optional. PSU Preview Day for incoming freshmen for Fall 2014 is Thursday, August 21.
  4. If you don't already have one, develop a strong and honest line of communication with your family as well as your instructors and adviser. Let me know what's happening and if/when you need help of any kind.
  5. Pay attention to deadlines, and go to all of your classes everyday
  6. If you have academic questions, go to your adviser or the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Office for answers. Don't consult your friends, they may be wrong. Always be certain to consult your adviser or DUS staff. Self-advising is very dangerous and can wreak havoc with both your schedule and the amount of time you spend in college to complete your degree.
  7. You need to check your Penn State mailbox and your email at least once a day when the semester begins. You'll begin to receive Penn State emails before the semester begins.
  8. Some of your course times and locations may change by the beginning of the semester. Be sure to get a copy of your schedule from eLion right before classes begin.
  9. College is your FULL-TIME job for at least the next four years.
  10. If you have a question about anything, ASK any staff or faculty member. We're here to help you succeed!