Academic Resources

Academics are of the utmost priority to Penn State students. Use the available resources below to make the most of your education.


Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is the suite of academic advising tools selected by Penn State to integrate with LionPATH to deliver advising notes, early progress reports (EPRs), and online scheduling of advising appointments.

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University Libraries

The University Libraries provide students with a number of services. In addition to borrowing books, Students can reserve course materials, book a study room, or borrow technology (Laptops, iPads, Calculators, Media Equipment, Chargers, etc.).

The Library’s Search Bar Service provides students with peers to help them conduct research & use library resources, express themselves clearly in their writing, and help with course assignments requiring technology.

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LionPATH is Penn State’s student information system, which provides access to academic, registration, and financial records. Use LionPATH to transfer credits, schedule classes, see one’s final exam schedule, declare majors/minors, view your financial aid, make tuition payments, and more.

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Canvas is Penn State’s Learning Management System. This means Canvas is used for the documentation and implementation of many parts of Penn State Courses. On a course’s Canvas page one may be able to access the course’s syllabus, assignments, quizzes, and individual assignment grades. Canvas also has an in-built calendar for assignments, a messaging system to talk to your classmates & professor, and group pages for group projects.

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Academic Rights Campaign

The Academic Affairs Committee of the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA)  established the “Know Your Rights” Campaign to inform students of their rights both within and outside of the classroom. This campaign focuses on compiling relevant Faculty Senate academic policies and transforms them into student-friendly social media posts. The UPUA supplements this with a week of physical tabling in the HUB. 

The Entirety of the Policies and Rules for Undergraduate Students can be viewed here and here.

Fuel for Finals

During finals week, a large number of students study in the Hetzel Union Building (HUB). These students often consume food and coffee while preparing for their finals. Since students will often continue to study beyond the normal operating hours of Starbucks and other HUB Dining establishments, the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) provides students with coffee and snacks throughout finals week.

Test Prep Week

The University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) hosts Test Prep Week in the Fall and Spring semesters every year. This week has provides students with free preparation books and practice examinations for the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, NCLEX, and GRE examinations. Representatives are charged with providing these test review books to students. In previous years, Test Prep Week has been hosted at different locations across campus, including the HUB Galbraith Lounge, Willaman Gateway to the Life Sciences, Business Building Atrium, and Westgate Bridge.