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Things to Know

Welcome to University Park. If you're an adult returning to higher education, or beginning college after working or raising a family, Student Affairs would like to provide a network of support throughout your educational journey. Whether you are returning full time or part-time, attend day or evenings classes, we want you to utilize our valuable resources, meet other adult students, make time for new experiences and cultivate a sense of belonging at Penn State.

Advocacy, Information and Referrals

Whether you are concerned about admission, child care, financial aid, housing, registration, University policies or procedures, we can provide referral to the appropriate university or community resource. If one of the links on our Online Resources page cannot answer your question, please let us know.

Resource Room, Lounge, and Stay and Study Spaces

These locations support your desire to deepen your educational commitment, provide some much needed down time and quiet spaces to study. Adult learners are invited to hang out between classes, relax, or use the computers located in 203 Boucke and 117 Pattee Library, West.

Essential Technology Tools

These hands-on workshops are two hours long and occur once a month. They are facilitated by an ITS Trainer and require online registration. Whether you can only cut and paste or if you are able to design your own website, we have a variety of opportunities that will help you in your courses. Join us for lessons about ANGEL, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Blogging, Web Tools and more.

Conversation Cafe

The Conversation Cafe is a program held once a month that is hosted by a Student Affairs Professional. These events run for two hours in the afternoon and are conveniently scheduled to accommodate daytime students wrapping up their day, as well as evening students arriving on campus. You won't want to miss these great discussions.

Orientation, Mix and Mingle Events, and Other Programs

Each semester, orientation programs like Winter Welcome, Summerfest and Welcome Week are hosted for new undergraduate students including adult learners, first-year, change of campus and transfer students. You are encouraged to attend these events in order to meet new students, learn about resources, obtain your ID Card, and learn about using eLion.

You are invited to attend events throughout the semester, mix & mingle with others students, find a mentor and familiarize yourself with campus resources. We are here to help you succeed.

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