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Latest Announcements from the Office of the University Registrar

Fall 2020 end-of-semester transcript order deadline

November 18, 2020 -- Transcript orders with a processing time of "Hold for Grades" and "Hold for Degree" for Fall 2020 must be received by 11:59 p.m. on December 11, 2020.


Publication of the Summer 2021 Schedule of Courses

November 13, 2020 -- Given the continual changes that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring to our planning processes, we are delaying the publication of the Summer Schedule of Courses in order to have the most complete picture of what Summer 2021 might look like. The university will release more information about the Summer 2021 course modes and schedule as soon as possible.


Optional alternative grading system reimplemented for fall 2020 semester

November 11, 2020 -- Penn State is reimplementing its opt-in alternative grading system for the fall 2020 semester to support and provide flexibility to undergraduate students who may be facing significant challenges academically due to circumstances beyond their control related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


University urges COVID-19 testing for students prior to returning home

November 5, 2020 -- In preparation for the departure from campuses after in-person instruction ends on Nov. 20, Penn State has announced an aggressive fall departure plan offering all students COVID-19 testing, at no cost to students.


Faculty Senate votes to reinstate alternative grading policy for fall

November 3, 2020 -- After a special meeting on Oct. 29, the Penn State Faculty Senate voted to endorse a resolution drafted by student senators requesting the reinstatement of an optional alternative grading system for undergraduate students for the fall 2020 semester.


Dates announced for spring 2021 semester 'wellness' days

October 29, 2020 -- To support the mental health and well-being of students, faculty and staff during the spring 2021 semester, Penn State will hold three wellness days on which no classes will be held. The wellness days will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Thursday, March 11 and Wednesday, April 7.


University announces revised spring 2021 course registration schedule

October 4, 2020 -- The Schedule of Courses will be available in LionPATH on Oct. 15, with registration beginning on Nov. 1 for graduate students and Nov. 2 for undergraduate students.


Spring 2021 plans announced, giving students, faculty and staff time to prepare

October 4, 2020 -- Plans for Penn State's Spring 2021 semester, announced Oct. 4, include a later start in January; continuation of the current flexible instructional modes, including in-person; the elimination of spring break; and completion of instruction by April 30 for its 20 undergraduate campuses.


Penn State's fall 2020 commencement to be held via virtual format

October 1, 2020 -- Penn State will honor the fall 2020 graduates with a virtual ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19. Like graduates from spring and summer, fall 2020 graduates will be invited back to campus for in-person celebrations when public health guidelines allow.


University planning for flexible instructional modes for spring 2021

September 8, 2020 -- In a message to Penn State's academic community, Provost Nick Jones announced today (Sept. 8) that the flexible instructional modes developed for the fall 2020 semester, along with limited classroom capacities, will remain in place at all Penn State campuses in spring 2021, provided that the public health landscape allows for some in-person instruction.


New citizenship change form available on Office of the University Registrar website

August 27, 2020 -- A new form for students to be able to request a change or correction to their citizenship status on their official Penn State record now is available on the Office of the University Registrar website.


LionPATH Update Academics to be unavailable at end of summer 2020 semester

August 7, 2020 -- The LionPATH Update Academics tool will be unavailable from August 14-20, 2020. If you have extenuating circumstances during that time, please contact the appropriate academic department during their regular business hours.


Penn State, Big Ten announce new course sharing initiative

August 4, 2020 -- Through a new program from the Big Ten Academic Alliance, Penn State undergraduates can take an online course from another participating Big Ten school each semester as part of their academic experience, with all tuition and fees for the course waived.


Summer 2020 end-of-semester transcript order deadline

July 27, 2020 -- Transcript orders with a processing time of "Hold for Grades" and "Hold for Degree" for Summer 2020 must be received by 11:59 p.m. on August 14, 2020.


Penn State expects half of fall classes to have in-person components

July 15, 2020 -- Despite the challenges associated with the pandemic, Penn State anticipates that about half of its classes across all campuses will have an in-person component this fall structured in a way that allows for social distancing in classes.


Course delivery details will continue to evolve in the coming weeks

June 30, 2020 -- While a number of Penn State course selections are being displayed in LionPATH at this time, those courses and their delivery methods may change in the coming weeks as more information and analysis are conducted by the University and the schedule is updated.


Penn State summer commencement to be held via virtual ceremony

June 23, 2020 -- In accordance with public health guidelines to minimize large gatherings and maintain social distancing, Penn State will once again livestream a virtual commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, to honor the 2020 class of summer graduates.


Penn State introduces Certified Electronic Diplomas for graduates

June 15, 2020 -- Beginning June 2020, Penn State is offering new graduates the opportunity to purchase a Certified Electronic Diploma (CeDiploma), in addition to receiving the traditional paper diploma issued after degree conferral. A CeDiploma is available to graduates of the spring 2020 class and forward.


Penn State plans to resume on-campus work and learning in fall semester

June 14, 2020 -- The fall semester will begin as originally scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24, but campus-based, residential instruction will end Friday, Nov. 20, with the remainder of the semester - including final examinations - being delivered remotely and online when classes resume after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 30.


2020-21 University Bulletins now available

May 11, 2020 -- The 2020-21 University Bulletins website, which includes the official degree program requirements effective for the 2020-21 academic year, is now available online.


LionPATH Update Academics to be unavailable at end of spring 2020 semester

May 8, 2020 -- The LionPATH Update Academics tool will be unavailable from May 8, 2020 - June 6, 2020. If you have extenuating circumstances during that time, please contact the appropriate academic department during their regular business hours.


Instructions released for Alternative Grade Calculator and Request Tool

May 6, 2020 -- Instructions for using the new Alternative Grade Calculator and Request Tool in LionPATH are now available for undergraduates and students enrolled in the Graduate School. While the instructions are available now, the tool will not go live until Wednesday, May 20, after grades are finalized.


GPA calculator tool can be used to factor for alternative grading

April 28, 2020 -- Penn State recently released instructions on how to use the GPA Calculator tool in LionPATH to help undergraduates at the University estimate how decisions on using alternative grades will impact their GPAs. The GPA Calculator is available now for students to explore until May 20, at which time the Alternative Grade Calculator and Request Tool will become available.


Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

April 16, 2020 -- Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer.


Penn State to offer enhanced online offerings and support over summer

April 16, 2020 -- With Penn State moving to a virtual learning environment for the summer, the University is providing enhanced online offerings and support for first-year and returning students in the Maymester, Summer Session I and Summer Session II.


United States Census 2020

April 9, 2020 -- While it's difficult to think of routine events during this challenging time, participation in the 2020 Census remains of vital importance for every person in the United States of America. According to the U.S. Census 2020, students should be counted in the place where you live most of the year. For most students, that's your college address, even if you are not at school right now due to the coronavirus.


University phone system down

April 9, 2020 -- The University's phone system is currently experiencing a disruption in service that is preventing the Office of the University Registrar and other Penn State offices from receiving external phone calls. The University is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

April 6, 2020 -- In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, orders from the state government and recommendations from global public health organizations, Penn State will hold its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream on May 9. The virtual ceremony will recognize all Penn State undergraduate students and all graduate students in the Penn State Graduate School.


Graduate School implements optional alternative grading for spring 2020 semester

April 2, 2020 -- The Graduate School at Penn State is implementing an optional alternative grading system for the spring 2020 semester. The new, opt-in grading system is designed to mitigate the impacts to graduate students' GPAs and academic transcripts due to unprecedented extenuating circumstances posed by the novel coronavirus public health crisis.


Optional alternative grading scale implemented for spring 2020 semester

March 25, 2020 -- Penn State is implementing a new opt-in grading system for the spring 2020 semester that will give students flexibility, help preserve GPAs and minimize impacts to students' transcripts during the academic challenges presented by the novel coronavirus public health crisis.


Changes to official transcript costs to go into effect April 1

March 24, 2020 -- The Office of the University Registrar has announced that the cost of requesting an official transcript will be changing effective April 1, 2020. From that time, official electronic transcripts will cost $5 per transcript set and official paper transcripts will cost $15 per transcript set.


Coronavirus Updates from the Office of the University Registrar

March 20, 2020 -- The Office of the University Registrar currently is operating remotely. While in-person services are suspended, we are here by email and phone to assist you during standard business hours. Please click the headline to learn about OUR service adjustments and availability during this time.


Penn State extends remote course delivery through spring semester

March 18, 2020 -- Based on evolving federal guidance and statewide mitigation plans announced by Gov. Tom Wolf around the growing coronavirus pandemic and the global efforts underway to stop its spread, Penn State has extended the remote-delivery period for all classes through at least the spring semester.


Preparing for fall 2020 course registration

February 17, 2020 -- Fall 2020 course registration opens on March 25, 2020 for undergraduate and graduate students. To help students prepare to register for courses, here is a guide through the registration process along with key dates and resources.


Transcript ordering shutdown period for 2019 Winter Break

December 13, 2019 -- The online Parchment service for transcript ordering will be shut down at 12:00 p.m. (EST) on December 20, 2019. We will work to send any transcript orders received before the shutdown time before the university closes on December 20. We will reactivate the Parchment transcript ordering site when the university opens at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on January 2, 2020. Transcript ordering will not be available from 12:00 p.m. on December 20, 2019 to 8:00 a.m. on January 2, 2020.


LionPATH Update Academics to be unavailable at end of fall 2019 semester

December 13, 2019 -- The LionPATH Update Academics tool will be unavailable from December 20, 2019 - January 7, 2020. If you have extenuating circumstances during that time, please contact the appropriate academic department during their regular business hours.


Summer 2020 Schedule of Courses release date

October 28, 2019 -- The Summer 2020 Schedule of Courses will be published on Nov. 18, 2019. At that time, students will be able to view the complete list of course offerings for the summer 2020 sessions in the LionPATH Class Search or Schedule Builder.


Fall 2019 End of semester transcript order deadline

October 18, 2019 -- Transcript orders with a processing time of "Hold for Grades" and "Hold for Degree" for Fall 2019 must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on December 20, 2019.


Summer 2020 academic calendar update

October 8, 2019 -- A change has been made to the university-wide (undergraduate and graduate) academic calendar for SUMMER 2020 -- the "Independence Day Holiday -- No Classes" will now be on Monday, July 6, 2020.


Preparing for spring 2020 course registration

September 24, 2019 -- Spring 2020 course registration opens on October 9, 2019 for undergraduate students and October 8, 2019 for graduate students. To help students prepare to register for courses, here is a guide through the registration process along with key dates and resources.


Spring 2020 Registration Timetable available

August 26, 2019 -- The spring 2020 registration timetable is now available on the Office of the University Registrar website. Undergraduate and graduate students can view the timetable to determine the first date they may begin registering for spring 2020 courses in LionPATH.


LionPATH Update Academics to be unavailable at end of summer 2019 semester

August 6, 2019 -- The LionPATH Update Academics tool will be unavailable from August 9-14, 2019. If you have extenuating circumstances during that time, please contact the appropriate academic department during their regular business hours.


Summer 2019 End of Semester transcript order deadline

July 18, 2019 -- Transcript orders with a processing time of "Hold for Grades" and "Hold for Degree" for Summer 2019 must be received by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on August 9, 2019.


LionPATH to be unavailable during system upgrade

June 18, 2019 -- LionPATH is undergoing a system upgrade over the July 4th weekend and will be offline from 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, July 4 through noon (ET) on Sunday, July, 7. Anyone who attempts to log in during that time will be redirected to the LionPATH Support website.


LionPATH announces new features to be included with July 2019 upgrade

May 9, 2019 -- The July 2019 LionPATH system upgrade will bring with it new visual features including "See What the Student Sees" view for faculty and staff, a redesigned student view, and the incorporation of Penn State ID student photos.


2019-20 Edition of the University Bulletins published

May 6, 2019 -- The 2019-20 edition of the University Bulletins is now available. The 2018-19 edition is located in the archive section of the Bulletins website for future reference.


LionPATH Update Academics to be unavailable at end of spring 2019 semester

April 26, 2019 -- The LionPATH Update Academics tool will be unavailable from May 3-8, 2019. If you have extenuating circumstances during that time, please contact the appropriate academic department during their regular business hours.


Spring 2019 End of Semester transcript order deadline

April 3, 2019 -- Transcript orders with a processing time of "Hold for Grades" and "Hold for Degree" for Spring 2019 must be received by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on May 3, 2019.


Spring 2019 grade reporting

March 26, 2019 -- As the end of the spring 2019 semester approaches, instructors are reminded that grades should be recorded no later than two business days after the final exam or final assessment of a course. All grades should be recorded in LionPATH by midnight on May 7. On May 8, the Office of the University Registrar will begin end-of-semester processes, such as final grade reporting, academic standing, and degree conferral.


Preparing for fall 2019 course registration

February 26, 2019 -- Fall 2019 course registration opens on March 20, 2019 for undergraduate and graduate students. To help students prepare to register for courses, here is a guide through the registration process along with key dates and resources.


Fall 2019 Registration Timetable available

January 23, 2019 -- The fall 2019 registration timetable is now available on the Office of the University Registrar website. Undergraduate and graduate students can view the timetable to determine the first date they may begin registering for fall 2019 courses in LionPATH.