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Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their academic adviser to help plan their course of study and discuss career options. Students with academic difficulties should contact their adviser to discuss strategies for success.

Current students can check LionPATH for their adviser.

Incoming students, including change-of-assignment students and pre-majors, should contact either of the undergraduate academic advisers.

Tips to make the most out of academic advising

The adviser's goal is to provide a high-quality advising experience to all Nutritional Sciences students.

Students should arrive to the meeting prepared with:

  1. A list of questions
  2. A tentative class schedule, if discussing registration
  3. Any written academic and career plans
  4. Records of previous advising contacts and an updated degree audit report (DARS)
  5. Paper and a pen to take notes

Advising meetings can be scheduled through starfish.psu.edu or by calling 814-863-0806.

Student's Role

The advisee's role in the academic advising process is to:

  1. Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements
  2. Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals
  3. Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program
  4. Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser
  5. Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University

Adviser's Role

The academic adviser's role is to:

  1. Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the university and the nature of its academic programs
  2. Seek to understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress
  3. Neither grant nor deny administrative approval for particular academic actions
  4. Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study
  5. Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interests
  6. Help the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences offered by the university
  7. Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The adviser will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program
  8. Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate
  9. Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current
Tips to make the most out of academic advising icon-olus-circle

The adviser's goal is to provide a high-quality advising experience to all Nutritional Sciences students.

Students should arrive to the meeting prepared with:

  1. A list of questions
  2. A tentative class schedule, if discussing registration
  3. Any written academic and career plans
  4. Records of previous advising contacts and an updated degree audit report (DARS)
  5. Paper and a pen to take notes

Advising meetings can be scheduled through starfish.psu.edu or by calling 814-863-0806.

Student's Role icon-olus-circle

The advisee's role in the academic advising process is to:

  1. Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements
  2. Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals
  3. Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program
  4. Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser
  5. Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress towards graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University
Adviser's Role icon-olus-circle

The academic adviser's role is to:

  1. Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the university and the nature of its academic programs
  2. Seek to understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress
  3. Neither grant nor deny administrative approval for particular academic actions
  4. Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study
  5. Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interests
  6. Help the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences offered by the university
  7. Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The adviser will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program
  8. Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate
  9. Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current
Faculty Mentoring Program icon-olus-circle

To enhance your experience and success in the major, the department has implemented a formal “Faculty Mentorship” program to complement the work of our Academic Adviser. This is an opportunity for you to establish a connection with faculty outside of the classroom.

The Faculty Mentor can serve as a guide as you plan your education at Penn State, your career and future activities in the field. The Faculty Mentor is not expected to have detailed knowledge about all requirements, for which your Academic Adviser can help you, but he/she will focus on helping you understand career options and the many opportunities you have to broaden your student experience.

How to Set Up a Meeting with your Faculty Mentor icon-olus-circle

In the early week of the semester, you will receive a Starfish invitation to schedule a meeting with your mentor.  We encourage you to respond, set up a meeting using their preferred method (i.e. email vs. Starfish), and take advantage of this opportunity to connect with a faculty member outside of the classroom.

How to Set Up a Meeting with your Academic Adviser icon-olus-circle

Mr. David Cassiday, MS, is the department’s new Academic Adviser, ready to help with academic planning for your major in Nutritional Sciences and course scheduling. You can contact him using Starfish to make an academic advising appointment. The Chandlee lobby will soon have a kiosk (computer sign-in and digital display) for signing up for appointments, etc. You will sign in at the kiosk for your appointment with Mr. Cassiday, and he will come to the lobby to take you to his office, 103 Chandlee, for your appointment.