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Academic Advising Portal

Department contacts, key academic dates and FAQ answers about advising.

Spring 2024 Academic Advising Portal (Office of Undergraduate Education)

- Click here to take a virtual tour of our building!

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- Many basic questions can be answered reviewing our LionPATH and Starfish Tutorial Videos!

Important Dates for the Spring 2024 Semester

Leave of Absence Deadline: January 5

Registration Deadline: January 7

Classes Begin: January 8

Regular Drop Deadline: January 13 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Regular Add Deadline: January 14 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No Classes): January 15

Spring Break (No Classes): March 3 - March 9

Final Exam Conflict Filing Period: February 12 - March 3

Late Drop Deadline: April 5 at 11:59 PM (ET)

Final Exams: April 29 - May 3

Questions About What to Schedule?

Please watch these scheduling videos if you are in your major and review the Bulletin.  For questions about scheduling courses that involve both a lecture and lab component, please watch this tutorial video. To schedule a meeting using Starfish with your Adviser see instructions below.

How do I Contact Smeal Departments?

- As always, Smeal academic advisers are not able to put students in or take students out of any courses, whether they are open or full

- Please click on the course section number to read the "Course Enrollment Notes" and pre-requisites to make sure you are eligible to take the specific section of the course prior to contacting the department.

- Any overriding into a full course is requested (but not guaranteed) through the Academic Department and should only be done in extreme circumstances (graduating this semester, just entered the major, etc.)

       Accounting (354 Business Building)--

            - For ACCTG 211 or BA 411 only, contact

        Finance (352 Business Building)-- e-mail 

        Management / Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (452 Business Building) --

        Marketing (455 Business Building) --

        Risk Management and Real Estate (355 Business Building) --

            -- Includes BLAW 341, LEBUS Minor Courses, IB Minor Courses, Actuarial Science Courses

        Supply Chain / Management Information Systems (454 Business Building) --

            -- Includes the SCM courses for the SCIST Minor, and ISM Minor Courses

        Business Core Courses (203U Business Building) --  

            - Business Core Courses are: MGMT 301, MKTG 301, FIN 301, SCM 301, and BA 342 

Academic Advising Appointments

- Make appointments through Starfish 

- Please check the specific appointment location when scheduling on Starfish (in-person or zoom).

- E-mail your adviser for simple questions

Diversity Enhancement Programs

- Services will be offered both in-person in 204 Business Building and remotely via Zoom.

- If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dean Campbell please email okl1@psu.edu

Strickler Office of International Programs

- Students have the option to choose in-person or virtual (Zoom) study abroad advising appointments. See the Upcoming Events for study abroad event details.

- Continue to make appointments using Starfish to talk about studying abroad and the International Business Minor

- You may email the International Programs adviser that you have been working with or smeal-international@psu.edu

Business Career Center

- Offering numerous opportunities to assist students with career development, come see us in 114 Business Building; use this e-mail address for questions.

- Visit Nittany Lion Careers to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with a career coach (once logged into NLC, click 'Counseling Appt' button along the left side then click 'Request New Appointment', where you will enter details, time, date, etc.)

- Check the BCC website event listings for virtual career fair and upcoming event information

- Daily drop-ins this spring semester available between 9 a.m. – 5.p.m. Monday through Friday! Come chat with a career service intern! No appointment necessary, visit us in 114 Business Building.

Smeal Student Engagement

- One of the best things to do besides getting good grades at Smeal is to get involved in one of the many student engagement opportunities. We have 35+ Student Organizations that will help you fill in the all-important ‘experience’ section on your resume. You will be able to grow your network of friends and colleagues and will develop skills to help you grow in your career.

- Student Organizations: To find a student organization that fits your needs you can visit the Smeal Student Organizations Website or you can visit the Student Engagement Coordinator in Business Building 211D to learn more about the many ways you can get involved right away!

Useful Links for International and Sponsored Smeal Students

- For work questions, click here (OPT) and for internship questions, contact  (CPT) in the Smeal Business Career Center 

- For sponsored students, please refer questions to this or visit the Sponsored Student website

- Click here for questions about international student support and engagement opportunities. 

- For questions about support in speaking, reading, and writing English, the English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC) provides workshops and self-study resources.  Other resources are Speak UP (a weekly English-Speaking group) and self-study resources for writing and reading. 

- For international student support questions, click here to connect with a DISSA adviser.