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Division of Undergraduate Studies

The Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) is the academic home for students exploring multiple academic programs before committing to a course of study. DUS serves as a leader in academic advising for the University and other institutions across the nation.

Key responsibilities of this office include:

  • enroll and advise students who are exploring majors
  • teach students about the larger value of higher education by fostering reflection and intentionality in decision-making
  • enable students to persist at Penn State even if they change academic direction
  • administer student success technologies such as Starfish and ALEKS
  • contribute academic content for University-wide programs such as New Student Orientation, Accepted Students Program, and Spend a Summer Day
  • provide guidance for the development of academic policies, procedures, and supporting resources
  • coordinate with all colleges and campuses to disseminate academic information
  • provide professional development for the Penn State advising community via, the DUS Conference, Noon Seminars, and The Mentor (an academic advising journal)
  • set a standard of excellence for academic advising University-wide, as well as for the continuing development of the academic advising profession both at Penn State and at institutions throughout the nation