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All classes will be held online beginning on March 16 and continuing through the duration of the spring semester. All on-campus student-sponsored events and activities during this time will be canceled. Students are strongly discouraged from returning to campus or off-campus residences during this time. More information on Penn State News

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CAPS Chat Canceled Until Further Notice
All locations of CAPS Chat are canceled during the remote instruction period.

CAPS Chat provides informal, drop-in consultation for students with counselors from Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Sessions are free and no appointment is necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and meetings are no longer than 30 minutes.

Concerns may include:

  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Family problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Roommate difficulties
  • Academic pressures

CAPS Chat IS for...

  • Discussing specific concerns in a one-on-one environment
  • Learning more about what counseling might be like
  • Understanding how to help a friend
  • Getting mental health questions answered

CAPS Chat IS NOT for...

  • Formal therapy or counseling
  • Crisis services
  • Severe or longstanding concerns

Locations & Times (2019-2020)

Locations Dates Times

West Halls

Waring Commons- Cultural Lounge Room 125

Mondays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)

LL011 HUB-Robeson Center

Mondays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

North Halls

Warnock Commons- Knowledge Lounge Room 134

Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Calder Way 

204 East Calder Way, Suite 200

Tuesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) 

Grange Room 220

Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

East Halls

Johnston Commons- Room 134

Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC)

HUB-Robeson Room 21

Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Paterno Library

Room 208K

Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Pollock Halls

Pollock Commons- Room 123

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lewis Katz Building

Room 310

Thursdays 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD)

LL011 HUB-Robeson Center

Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

South Halls

Redifer Commons- Room 202

Fridays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are CAPS Chat meetings private?

While CAPS Chat is not formal counseling, information discussed is confidential. If you have questions about this, ask a CAPS Chat counselor.

I am on the CAPS waiting list. Can I come to CAPS Chat while I wait?

If you feel you need to be seen sooner for your concern because problems have intensified, it is best to contact CAPS at 814-863-0395. If you feel your concern has improved and feel an informal consultation meeting would meet your needs, CAPS Chat might be a good option for you. After meeting, if you would like to be removed from the wait list, let the CAPS counselor know.

I am currently seeing a therapist. Can I come to CAPS Chat?

Discussing concerns with your current therapist is strongly recommended. If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.

What if I cannot attend CAPS Chat hours?

Call CAPS at 814-863-0395. They can help answer your questions or find resources that may help meet your needs.

What should I do in an emergency?

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, immediately contact the Penn State Crisis Line at 1-877-229-6400 or call 911.

Penn State Student Affairs
Counseling & Psychological Services
Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801