- Use MajorPrep if you are preparing to explore majors or want to change academic directions. This step-by-step guide will help you identify areas of interest, and find potential majors. If you are currently enrolled in a Penn State college/major and want to change into the Division of Undergraduate Studies, complete MajorPrep and then make an appointment to speak with Mike Hertel, Director of Academic Support Services at 610-285-5126 or email@example.com.
Find majors related to your interests. Enter a keyword or select combinations of the interest areas provided, and MajorQuest will suggest Penn State majors that include them.
- Complete an interest survey about majors. These surveys and quizzes can help you identify academic and personal interests and relate them to areas of study.
Recommended Academic Plans
Connecting Majors to Careers and Graduate School
A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables the student and his/her adviser to assess the student's academic progress and unfulfilled baccalaureate, associate degree, or minor requirements. The audit is a valuable tool for academic planning and course selection, because it matches the courses that the student has taken with the requirements of his/her degree program or anticipated program.
Degree audits may be requested for a student's current major/minor or for an alternate major/minor. Follow the step-by-step instructions to request degree audits for alternative majors. The alternate major/minor requests are useful for students who would like to know what courses are required in various majors/minors and to determine how the courses they have completed satisfy the requirements. A student can request an up-to-the-minute copy of his/her degree audit. A maximum of four audits are maintained for up to five days to view at a later time.
Entrance to Major Requirements and Procedures
All entering baccalaureate degree candidates are assigned a selection pool semester, normally the spring of their sophomore year. Students entering the University in the spring semester are generally in the pool for the following spring. This is the time a student will request Entrance to Major.
Most students will apply for entrance to a major during their pool semester by following the eLion entrance-to-major procedures. This usually takes place from the middle of January to the middle of February. Students should check the academic calendar for the exact dates for their pool.
The request for entrance will be approved if the student meets the entrance requirements for the college and/or major.
Students should meet with their assigned Academic Adviser on a regular basis to ensure they are on track for entrance to their desired major. Meeting all entrance to major requirements is the responsibility of the individual student.
After the selection process is completed, the student is notified by e-mail that he/she has been accepted, accepted conditionally, or denied entrance to his/her desired major. This notification will be received before the beginning of the registration period for the following fall semester. It will include information on change of campus if appropriate.
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