Academic Advising (DUS)

Academic Advising (DUS)

Welcome to the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)! Academic advising at Penn State Mont Alto is carried out by both Professional Advisers in the DUS Advising Center and Faculty Advisers across campus. Prospective students can obtain assistance from and direct their questions to the Admissions Office.

What is DUS?

DUS aspires to lead the continuing development of the academic advising profession at Penn State and across the nation. We will demonstrate our leadership by contributing to the scholarship of advising, guiding the continuing development of professional standards, and providing the advising community with the most exemplary advising practices and the most sophisticated assessment models.

Academic Advising


All students at Penn State are assigned an academic adviser who is a full-time faculty member or professional adviser. Advisers help students develop an appropriate plan of study for their academic and career goals. Adviser contact information can be found at the LionPATH Student Center.

Responsibilities: Take Control of Your Education

While both the academic adviser and the student have a number of responsibilities, the student must assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.

Meeting with Your Academic Adviser

It is each student’s responsibility to contact, and meet with, their academic adviser regularly. The contact information for each student’s adviser is located at the LionPATH Student Center and can also be found in the campus directory.

Degrees and Majors at Penn State Mont Alto

Learn more about academic programs at Penn State Mont Alto.

Academic Planning

  • Recommended Academic Plans: Find the requirements for any major at Penn State broken down by semester in a table format. The plans show one possible path to complete a particular degree. Recommended academic plans are especially helpful to consult when interpreting a degree audit.
  • Accessing an Audit: Degree audits are available for all major(s) and minor(s) in which the student is currently enrolled. Detailed instructions are provided in LionPATH help. "What-If Reports" are available to help student evaluate the requirements of majors and minors that they are considering. Students should run a new audit every semester before meeting with their academic adviser to discuss courses for future semesters.
  • LionPATH Class Search:  View the courses offered by any Penn State campus as soon as they are posted.
  • Entry to Major Requirements: All Penn State majors have entrance requirements. Most majors have just a few entrance requirements while others are very specific and tightly controlled. Find the entrance requirements for any major through this link.
  • Academic Calendar: Find the drop/add deadline, the late-drop deadline and other important dates during the semester you choose on this page.
  • Penn State Webmail: Important messages from a students’ adviser, faculty, and others throughout the University will be sent to a students’ Penn State email address.