Your Pre-Winter Welcome Homework

You are responsible for your educational choices, including decisions about your intended major and course scheduling. Academic advisers are available to assist you in educational planning and to help you learn information specific to Penn State. Researching your decisions early will help you take advantage of the numerous opportunities available to you at Penn State.

To prepare for your educational decisions, please complete the following assignments before attending Winter Welcome. As you watch the interactive modules listed below, you should take notes and bring them with you to Winter Welcome.

Emergency Contact and Missing Person Information

You are required to complete your Emergency Contact and Missing Person Notification information prior to attending Winter Welcome. To do this, visit eLion, click on Students and then log-in with your Friends of Penn State (FPS) User ID. Once in the system, select Address Information under the Personal Profile section. After updating your address information, you will be prompted to re-enter your password. Where it says "Access Account ID", your FPS User ID will already be entered. Enter your FPS password where it says "Access Account Password".  

Understanding a Penn State Degree

This interactive module will help you to understand the general goals Penn State has for your education, the basic structure of Penn State's curriculum and how to read the University Bulletin's information regarding degree requirements.

Click here to watch this module.

Course Registration Overview

This interactive module will help you understand factors affecting your course selection, how to use the Schedule of Courses and eLion to schedule those classes, and some ways to fine-tune your schedule.

Click here to watch the Schedule of Courses Module.
Click here to watch the Course Management System Module.

Exploring Your Academic Choices

This assignment will allow you to examine some of the academic decisions you have made so far, and start to explore some decisions you will need to make about your education in the near future. You should bring a print copy of this completed assignment (along with your Recommended Academic Plans) with you to Winter Welcome.

Download this homework assignment by clicking here.

Transfer Credit Worksheet

Complete this assignment if you took Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another institution. Being aware of potential course credits you may be bringing with you will help you make better decisions when scheduling courses for your first semester. 

If you need to complete this assignment, download it by clicking here.

The Cost of Your Penn State Education

It's never too early to start developing a plan for future educational expenses. Penn State has developed some helpful tools to get you, and your family, thinking about the cost of your education. Visit the Net Price Calculator with anyone else contributing financially to your education at to get started.


If you are having issues viewing the assignments above, please make sure that you have the proper software. To view the interactive modules, you must have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed.