You have to be very structured [with online learning]. You make your schedule and stick to it while handling what life throws at you. And Penn State’s professors are usually great about any scheduling problems that come up.
The decision to return to school is a major one. We understand and we’re here to help support you along the way. As a World Campus student, you will be supported by a team of knowledgeable and compassionate staff who understand the complexities of balancing work and life while learning online.
We talk to busy adult learners like you every day. We listen to your concerns about going back to school or balancing work and family life. We help you navigate a path to meet your education and career goals. We watch you gain confidence. And we celebrate with you on graduation day.
We understand that you are choosing an online education for the flexibility and convenience. To help you complete your work when it is most convenient for you, our technical support and academic advising staff are available through extended work hours. And they are easy to access by email, phone, and instant messaging.
We can help you:
— get started by walking you through the course application process, including identifying the required supporting documentation; finding financial aid, scholarships, and other types of financial support; and preparing you for learning in an online environment
— use our University systems so you can access course syllabi and assignments; interact with professors and peers; make tuition payments; get your textbooks and software through the online bookstore; and use the University Libraries system, the 8th largest research library in North America, with a collection of more than 662 online research databases, 386,000 e-books, 105,000 scholarly journals (many available online and in full text) and 7.3 million print materials (books, maps, CDs, DVDs, and more) available for check out.
— take advantage of resources for online students including undergraduate advising, career counseling, exam proctoring, tech support, and tutoring in writing and several math-related fields.
— link with communities and special services for military members and veterans, international students, alumni, corporate education, students with disabilities, and those transferring from other universities and colleges
— stay connected in the Penn State community by keeping you up-to-date with events, important dates, and Penn State news
— determine if Transitions, a college and career prep class is a good fit for you. Participants in the eight-week course offered free of charge are selected after a discussion with the faculty. Structured like a standard online course, Transitions eases students back into the learning environment, while helping to improve basic skills, such as computer, study skills and research. The course also provides resources for understanding financial aid and career planning. An admissions counselor can tell you more about possible involvement in the course.
From your first inquiry to application to graduation, we are committed to helping you reach your goals.