First-year Engagement Resources

Passport to Success

To help students achieve some learning in each of the five FYE objectives, the College of Engineering developed the Passport to Success in 2010. If a FYS instructor uses this tool, students are expected to complete one activity in each of the five areas. It is up to each student to consider what you will most benefit from (unless an instructor has specific requirements), plan when to do it, complete the activity, and reflect on it in the Passport. At the end of the class, students turn in their completed passport for evaluation. 


The Penn State Libraries are one of your greatest resources for information and knowledge. While the internet can be useful by itself, the Libraries have access to books and databases that are unparalleled and uncommon outside of academia. Did you know that the libraries has over 13,000,000 books, volumes, and e-books? Tours are available during the first few weeks of each semester. Throughout their college career, engineering students will find the Engineering Library located in 325 Hammond to be helpful as it contains a large reference collection of handbooks, directories, and other resources are available as are standards and technical reports collections. Engineering databases can be found using the Subject Guides.


Envoys are undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one co-op or internship experience and who help promote programs supported by both our office and the College of Engineering. They provide walk-in advising hours for engineering students and can answer questions about résumés, cover letters, interviews, and professionalism at work. They also reach out to engineering students, faculty, and employers through volunteerism at events, in special programs, and in classrooms.

Within our group of Career Envoys, there are two subgroups of Envoys who target specific student populations. International Student Career Envoys are international undergraduate engineering students with work experience who can answer questions their fellow international students may have about details like the application process for work visas or cultural adjustment to a U.S. workplace. Graduate Career Envoys are graduate engineering students who can answer career-related questions that are more specific to graduate students, especially those seeking industry positions.

Maker Commons

Brand new in Spring 2016 is the Pattee Library Maker Commons.

Maker Commons is a university-wide initiative to enrich the teaching and learning experience through 3D printing, rapid prototyping, design thinking and direct support for students, faculty and staff. We provide an open-access 3D printing service based on MakerBot technology that allows any member of the Penn State community to print-on-demand.  Rapid prototyping of electronic devices is made possible in the Invention Studio with an assortment of littleBits and Legos.

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs offices at University Park offer a multitude of services for students ranging from tutoring to health promotion and wellness



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952