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Resources for Students

The Department of Communication Arts seeks to help students find the resources they need to succeed in college.  CAS majors are eligible for a number of annual awards and scholarships, as well as financial support for approved study abroad and internship activities.  The links that follow take you to resources available to help CAS majors, students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts, and all Penn State students.

Writing Center

Speaking Center

Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network

College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Enrichment Awards (for both College and Department support)

Scholarships – College of the Liberal Arts

University Fellowships Office

Financial Aid

Requesting Letters of Recommendation

You can explore these topics to learn more about student support services available at Penn State.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

These staff work with thousands of Penn State students per year in group therapyindividual counselingcrisis intervention, and psychiatric services as well as providing prevention, outreach, and consultation services for the University community. Services at CAPS are designed to enhance students' ability to fully benefit from the University environment and academic experience.  site, phone: 814.863.0395 


LGBTQA Student Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Student Resource Center provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services. We work to create and maintain an open, safe, and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at The Pennsylvania State University. location: 101 Boucke Building, email:, phone: 814.863.1248


Office of Disability Services (ODS)

ODS is committed to providing a welcoming, encouraging, and empowering environment for students with disabilities to ensure equal access, full participation and reasonable accommodations for their academic pursuits. ODS is responsible for coordinating support services, reasonable academic accommodations, and promoting disability awareness in the university community.   The ODS team is committed and ready to assist students with disabilities to reach their academic goals.  location: 116 Boucke Building (office hours 8am-5pm M-F), phone: 814.863.1807, site:


Multicultural Resource Center

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) provides individual counseling and educational services for undergraduate multicultural students at University Park and assists students in meeting the challenges associated with education and attaining a degree at a major research institution.  MRC counselors work with students on a variety of issues, and the staff is dedicated to helping students succeed and graduate from Penn State. location: 220 Grange Building, phone: 814.865.1773


The Penn State Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline (24/7)

phone: 800.550.7575


Pasquerilla Spiritual Center/Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development

As a multi-faith learning community, the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development (CSED) is charged with providing programs and a venue for the religious, spiritual, ethical and character development of the University community. CSED strives to build active, responsible citizens and raise the consciousness of the community. With a broad offering of worship opportunities, educational events, and cross-cultural programs that enrich the heart and mind, CSED hosts a culturally diverse multi-faith community and celebrates our differences and similarities in a safe, supportive environment.  location: 111 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, email:, phone: 814.865.6548


Student and Family Services

Their remit is: “at-risk student incidents, missing students, troublesome student conduct, campus student threat incidents, student and family emergencies, and family and student deaths.” They can also initiate medical withdrawals.  site:, phone: 814.863.4926