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Student Success Plan

Welcome to the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department! 

The Office of Undergraduate Programs is here to provide assistance with academic advising and scheduling needs. A large portion of being a successful student starts with you. There are many things you can do to ensure academic success. We’d like to share some strategies with you:
  • Create an academic plan. Outlining all of your courses until you graduate is a great way to ensure you will graduate in a timely manner and eliminates unnecessary stress on yourself when it’s time to schedule for the next semester’s courses. Suggested academic plans and flowcharts are available on the MNE website at You may need to shuffle courses around depending on availability at the time you register and please remember we strictly enforce course prerequisites.
  • Check your degree audit every semester after scheduling your courses to ensure degree requirements are being met. For example, the degree audit system does not recognize every course which satisfies the Engineering Technical Elective or the General Technical Elective. Courses outside the major must be moved manually and will require you to submit a course substitution request at
  • Meet with an MNE curriculum advisor in 140 Reber once a semester.
  • Be aware of University deadlines i.e., drop/add, late drop, withdrawal.
  • Go to class.
  • Work hard and ask questions. If you’re having trouble understanding the material, chances are pretty good there’s at least one other student in class struggling as well. 
  • Visit professors and TAs during office hours.
  • Make friends in your major.
  • Get involved in student groups such as ASME and ANS.
  • Develop good time management skills.
  • Communicate: Today’s society expects issues to be resolved quickly but that’s not always the case. Not every problem can be solved by an email. Make a phone call or stop by in person to talk about the issue.  Be proactive!
  • Express appreciation: Thank your professors, TAs, staff and friends who are helping you on your journey.
  • Obtaining your degree is not difficult to achieve if you put in the time and work required.  Hit the books early and often.  Familiarize yourself with course requirements and do your best to stay on track.

Things you should know……..

  • Academic advising is provided by the MNE Undergraduate Office, 139 Reber Building. Curriculum advisors are available between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm to meet with you. Walk in or call 814-863-1993 or 814-863-1503 to schedule an appointment.
  • Professional career advising is provided by your assigned faculty advisor listed in your LionPath student center.
  • Degree audit issues? Contact Lori Yarger in 139 Reber, or 814-863-1503.


The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519