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Penn State students, at all campuses, are assigned an adviser within their chosen academic college.  Students who are undecided about academic college and/or major are encouraged to consult with the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) coordinator for advising needs.  Utilizing an adviser is encouraged throughout the student's academic career. While self-advising is not recommended, students are ultimately responsible for their academic actions and decisions.  If you are uncertain who your adviser is, please consult the campus advisers page or the eLion system. 

The Adviser’s Role:

  • to understand University procedures and the academic concerns of students.
  • to understand the expected standards of achievement and the student’s likelihood of success.
  • to discuss suitable career objectives as demonstrated by student abilities and interests.
  • to plan a course of study and advise about courses, adjustments, prerequisites, etc.
  • to refer students to other resources when appropriate.
  • to keep informed and current regarding the specific college and department.

The Advisee’s Role:

  • to acquire information for course scheduling, program planning, and graduation requirements.
  • to seek academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.
  • to become knowledgeable about University and college policies, procedures, rules, etc.
  • to be prepared with accurate and relevant materials when meeting with the adviser.
  • to consult with the adviser at least once a semester.

Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS):
The Division of Undergraduate Studies is designed to assist all students with academic concerns and educational plans. Services include the following:

  • The New Student Orientation. This program helps students evaluate their educational plans and objectives prior to attending first-semester classes. For more information visit http://www.orientation.psu.edu.
  • Enrollment in DUS allows exploration in programs of study or to meet requirements for a change of program. 
  • Professional advising assists with educational or academic concerns.

Penn State New Kensington's Academic Advising Center and DUS Office are housed within the Academic & Career Success Center.  Academic advising is coordinated by Sean Bridgen. 


For more information, contact:

Dr. Sean Bridgen
Penn State New Kensington
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA  15068


Academic and Career Success Center