Advising for First- and Second-Year Students

Your first years as a Penn State engineering student are full of challenges and opportunities: challenging classes, a growing social life, adjusting to being on your own, and choosing the path for your academic and professional future.

It can be overwhelming trying to figure out the best choices for you given your individual goals and aspirations.

The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) is here to help!

The EAC is your source for information about scheduling, degree requirements, entrance-to-major, and so much more. We can also help you make big decisions when it comes to your major, study abroad options, internships, and so much more!

Scheduling a Meeting

  • Schedule Online: Plan ahead by using Starfish, the online scheduling system. You can schedule with any EAC adviser and can access the Engineering Advising Center for first-and second-year students service page within Starfish to see all calendars. In-major students who are beyond their second year should contact their assigned faculty adviser in LionPATH.
  • Call: Not at University Park or transferring from another college at Penn State? Call us at 814-863-1033.
  • Zoom Drop-Ins. We offer Zoom drop-ins at various times during the week. See below for more details about this schedule, what is appropriate for a drop-in (10-15 minutes), and the Zoom link.

You should meet with an adviser at least once per semester. The EAC is especially helpful when you are working on long-term scheduling, want to ensure that you can fit in a study abroad opportunity, or want to learn whether a specific major fits with your career interests and goals.

EAC Zoom Drop-Ins

EAC Zoom drop-ins will conclude for the spring 2024 semester May 2. There are no Zoom drop-ins over the summer semester. They will resume when classes begin in the fall.

The EAC also offers drop-in Zoom meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters. They are from noon to 4:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Thursday. Please use the link below to drop in for a Zoom meeting with an academic adviser. These are 10- to 15-minute quick-question meetings. These drop-ins are for first- and second-year students.

Drop-in Zoom Link

Engineering Peer Advising Leaders (EPALS)

EPAL drop-ins will conclude for the spring 2024 semester on April 26. There are no EPAL drop-ins during the summer. They will resume when classes begin in the fall.

First- and second-year students can also connect with the Engineering Peer Advising Leaders (EPALs). These trained College of Engineering students can help answer your questions on general education requirements, academic deadlines, general scheduling questions, how to get involved, LionPATH, Canvas, and Starfish. EPALs hold in-person drop-in hours in 208 Hammond. You can find the schedule and full list of EPAL representatives, including their majors, at the link above.

Faculty Advising Representatives

Faculty adviser appointments will conclude for the spring 2024 semester on April 26. There are no faculty adviser appointments during the summer. They will resume the second week of class in the fall.

During fall and spring semesters, a faculty advising representative from each of the College’s University Park majors offers three hours per week for first- and second-year students exploring majors. Meeting with a faculty advising representative can be helpful when you are working on long-term schedule plans (for ROTC, concurrent majors, etc.) or would like to learn whether a specific engineering major might be a good fit for your interests and goals. You can also get more detailed information about career paths, graduate school, and/or medical school from faculty advisers.

To schedule an appointment with a faculty advising representative, please click the button below to see the full schedule. You should connect via Starfish to schedule the appointment with an adviser directly. If you have any issues, please call 814-863-1033

Faculty Advising Representatives Schedule

If you are at a Penn State campus but have been admitted into a University Park major through the early entrance-to-major process, you will continue to be advised at your current campus.



The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) serves as the academic advising resource for students in pre-major status (ENGR) at University Park. Once students have been admitted to a College of Engineering major, they will be assigned to a faculty adviser in that major.

Engineering Advising Center

208 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1033