3. Be ready for new experiences. You will meet people who
are different from yourself. They’ll have different customs,
beliefs, values, and habits. Respect these differences, and
learn from them. Remember that learning takes place both
in and out of the classroom.
4. Get to know at least one professor well each
semester. Eventually, you’ll need references from
professors for summer internships, graduate school,
and employment. Professors who know you and know
your interests and strengths can help you identify job
opportunities. Get started by visiting them during their
scheduled office hours.
5. Stay smart and safe at State. Although the University
does its best to make college life safe and secure, you
must assume some responsibility for your own well-being.
The Stand for State initiative at Penn State promotes
and teaches bystander intervention as a way to prevent
sexual and relationship violence. Bystander intervention
encourages others to intervene and promotes a sense of
responsibility and motivation to step in and take action to
prevent sexual misconduct.
First-Year and Transfer
Congratulations on becoming part of
the Penn State family! We are so glad
you chose this university to continue
your education. We hope that attending
Penn State will allow you to achieve your
academic, personal, and career goals.
Preface magazine is designed as
your go-to guide to assist you in your
transition. We understand that Penn
State is new to you, and while for
transfer students, you might know a lot
about being in college, Penn State has
a number of resources you will need
to navigate as a student. For first-year
students this holds true as well. If you
can't find what you’re looking for in this
magazine, search Penn State’s website
To provide you a little information about
who Penn States students are and where
they come from, the next few pages will
introduce you to your cohort. Penn State
students represent the top of their high
school classes; they are academically
driven and leaders in and out of the
classroom. They come from across the
country and around the world with more
than sixty countries represented among
the student body.
Whether you are a first-year or transfer student, there are
many resources available to assist you in your transition to
University Park. Below is a short list of tips and advice to
assist you in your transition.
1. Go to class regularly. Seems like common sense, right?
Unfortunately, many students think they can pass a course
just by reading the books. Not true. Most professors add
a significant amount of new material through lectures and
class discussions. For most students, college work requires
a different learning style from the one they used in high
school or at their former college. Regular attendance and
preparation before each class is necessary in order to keep
up with the material.
2. Get involved in at least one out-of-class activity.
Look for the many opportunities to help professors with
their research or become active in clubs or organizations.
Students who have out-of-class interests make better and
more long-lasting friendships, are more satisfied in their
college environment, and are more likely to graduate. Many
students discover their career paths through out-of-class