Advising: Tips for students
Advising plays an important role in the life of an undergraduate student at Penn. Advisors help students make choices, and ensure that their academic trajectories are on the right track.
1. The structure of academic advising in the College is two tiered. Initially (until declaring a major, usually through freshman and part of sophomore years), the advising is handled by the College advisors in 120 Logan Hall, or by the student's academic advisor. For students transferring credits from outside Penn, they may also be the people to approach: greater details about such transfers are provided here.
2. Once the student declares a major, or is seriously contemplating such a declaration, advising related to requirements for graduating with this major is handled by the "major advisor," in the respective departments. For PPE, the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies oversees all advising related matters. Students contemplating a PPE major are urged to contact him.
3. An important source for students about PPE related matters should be the PPE webpage. The web page tries to make the requirements as transparent and detailed as possible. It is entirely possible that the answer to routine questions may well be already available on the webpage.