We advise new, undeclared students.
Every PSU student whose major is undeclared is automatically enrolled in the Department of University Studies. All incoming, first-year, full-time students without declared majors are eligible for our services; namely, providing the tools as advisors to help you pave your own path to intellectual fulfillment and academic success.
Prepare, then declare!
There are major (get it?) possibilities in your future. Navigating them can be time-consuming, confusing, and expensive. Will your advisor help you register for courses and meet all of the general education requirements? Absolutely–but along the way, we’ll challenge you to consider your motivations, explore your interests, and pinpoint the values that will drive you toward a field that is just right for you.
In addition to major and minor exploration, we also offer career services, like specially-trained career advisors, career counseling, and online assessment tools. It’s up to you, however, to drive the exploratory process. Making the commitment to this program means you agree to:
- Start the advising cycle early—agree to work with your advisor prior to your arrival for summer orientation.
- Complete self-assessments—online activities that may require 30-45 minutes each to complete.
- Stay in touch with your advisor—the program offers you more advising, and this means more meetings with an academic advisor. You’ll also receive e-mail, mail, or phone calls from us. It’s a commitment of only a few hours per semester, and it’s well worth it!
When Do I Meet With My Advisor?
We will be meeting with you during your orientation visit. We’re looking forward to getting to know you!
Once you’ve been through orientation, the pre-semester portion of your University Studies program will begin. These activities will help you and allow us to get to know you. Once the semester has begun, your advisor will reach out to you when it is time to schedule an appointment. Check out our events calendar on this page as well. You are always welcome to stop by the office if you have a quick question- we accept walk-ins!
Feel free to explore the department website and the resources offered, and enjoy the start of your journey! After all, you have the opportunity of a lifetime as an undeclared student—the time to decide what is best for you!