Change-of-campus students make up one of every
four new students on campus. Last year, over 3,500 students
joined the University Park community after starting their
Penn State career at one of our other nineteen campuses
or World Campus. If you are a change-of-campus student,
know you are not alone.
As a change-of-campus student, there are multiple
programs and events planned to assist in your transition
and help you get connected in a meaningful way. Whether
it’s social, academic, or leadership-based, Student
Orientation & Transition Programs (SOTP) provides you
with a number of programs, events, and general support.
To learn more about these and other opportunities, check
out our website: changeofcampus.psu.edu.
Here’s what other change-of-campus students
offer as the top five tips for a
Take advantage of free resources on campus. For
academic assistance, Penn State Learning and faculty
office hours can help keep you on track. Make sure to
utilize your academic adviser and get to know them. Above
anything else, be an advocate for yourself. The grade-point
average dip, a tendency for GPA to decrease when changing
campuses, is a real thing. Be proactive with your studies so
that you can continue your academic success.
Get involved on campus. Getting involved is a great way
to make connections and to find your niche at University
Park. With over 1,000 student organizations on campus,
you will have plenty to choose from. To learn more about
opportunities for involvement, attend the Involvement Fair
on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the HUB.
Time management is key. For many of you, this might be
the first time being responsible for doing your own cooking,
cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and more. Add to that
the size and fast-pace of campus, both inside and outside of
the classroom. You’ll have to prioritize and keep a schedule
to make the most efficient use of your time.
Hop on the bus. Bus service on and around campus is
provided by the Centre Area Transportation Authority
(CATA). Download the myStop app for real-time bus
locations and estimated arrival times, as well as additional
features like a trip planner, easy access to rider alerts, and
event text and email alerts.
Visit Career Services. Like many services on campus, it’s
FREE! Fall Career Days take place September 12-14, 2017.
Attend the Behind the Scenes at Fall Career Days Workshop
on Thursday, August 31, 2017, to prepare yourself for this
event. Also, become familiar with the Nittany Lion Career
Network which connects you with information about
internship opportunities, job postings, career fairs, and
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