WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
In order to ensure that all members of our campus community feel safe and secure, we will be offering both face-to-face and Zoom appointments. Face-to-face appointments are limited and MUST be scheduled in advance. All members of our staff may not be on campus every day, but we are always available during our business hours on ZOOM.
Students should use starfish.psu.edu to make an appointment.
Staff Contact Info and Zoom Links:
Erica Tachoir, PhD - Manager of Advising and Coordinator of Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS):
[email protected] | https://psu.zoom.us/j/733376977
Kris Sciulli, M.Ed - Assistant DAA, DUS Adviser and Transfer Coordinator:
2023-24 Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (virtual connection)
Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
What is academic advising?
Penn State’s Academic Advising Program is designed to help students set educational goals, use resources to discover academic opportunities, and connect those opportunities to your goals. Through academic advising, you will think about the purposes, processes and results of your education.
Penn State Greater Allegheny's Advising Office is located in the first floor of the Frable Building. Students who are exploring or undecided about their academic college and/or major, consult with the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) advisers. DUS encourages students to meet their academic potential through well-informed educational planning, as well as through meaningful experiences.
DUS also provides oversight for all advising programs for the Greater Allegheny campus, including meeting all new students during NSO (New Student Orientation) and Welcome Week events.
What are the responsibilities of advisers and advisees?
To protect the rights and responsibilities of both student and faculty, the adviser neither grants nor denies administrative approval. The student must assume final responsibility for the successful completion of all graduation requirements.
The Adviser’s Role
- To understand University procedures and the academic concerns of students
- To understand the expected standards of achievement and the student’s likelihood of success
- To discuss suitable career objectives as demonstrated by student abilities and interests
- To plan a course of study and offer advice about courses, adjustments, prerequisites, etc.
- To refer students to other resources when appropriate
- To keep informed and current regarding the specific college and department
The Advisee’s Role
- To acquire information for course scheduling, program planning, and graduation requirements
- To seek academic and career information needed to meet educational goals
- To become knowledgeable about University and college policies, procedures, rules, etc.
- To be prepared with accurate and relevant materials when meeting with the adviser
- To consult with the adviser at least once every semester
What’s new in advising at Penn State?
Penn State LionPATH is an expert-based, empirically grounded advising and information system delivered online. It was created to supplement student/adviser relationships and to engage students in interactive inquiry for informed educational planning.
Penn State LionPATH offers students a variety of services, including providing each student with the name of his/her adviser; providing an update on the student's cumulative grade-point average (GPA); assisting students in exploring majors; and giving students the ability to drop and add courses and/or withdraw from the University. In an ongoing effort to provide students with the best possible services and information, options will continue to be added to LionPATH as needed.
To learn more about LionPATH, please visit http://www.lionpath.psu.edu.
To learn more about advising, please visit http://www.psu.edu/advising.
Learn how to explore your academic choices, make informed decisions, and manage a total Penn State experience.
- Plan Your Education
- General Education Quick Guide
- Choose Your Courses
- Pathways to Success: Summer Start Program (PaSSS)
You don’t have to succeed in class by yourself. There are many resources and people available to support your efforts at Penn State Greater Allegheny.
- Early Progress Reports
- Learning Center
- Career Services
- TRIO/Student Support Services Program
- Registrar and Course Scheduling
- Information Technology
- Disability Services
- Academic Skills Consultation Form
Policies and Procedures
Find answers to academic policy and procedure questions at Penn State by searching these references.
- Undergraduate Advising Handbook
- Academic Advising Portal
- Advising Policy
- Academic Warning and Suspension