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Advising Center - Transitioning to College

This guide provides information about making the transition to college for freshmen and transfer students.


Central Penn College provides a variety of academic support services that are aimed at provided assistance to the whole student.  You can find a comprehensive list our services on the College's website.  


In addition to going to your professor's office hours, engaging in study groups, and reviewing your materials, you will need to turn to our campus resources for support and encouragement. Using resources help you to grow and develop as a scholar, to get a second opinion on your work and skills, and to combat feelings of frustration and anxiety. 

It's also important to keep in mind that


 all services are available to students regardless of location

 services should be used early and often

 every student can benefit from using resources not just 'good' or 'bad' students

 your personal life can and does impact your academic life

 support services are safe zones and judgment-free areas



Check out some of the support services that are important for new students to know about: 

Student Success and Advising Center

The Student Success and Advising Center provides support for students from enrollment to graduation, handling not only questions about scheduling and majors but also strategies for being a successful student and referrals to other campus resources.


  • Director: Katherine Richards
  • Location: Bollinger 52
  • Hours: Monday and Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM, Tuesday to Thursday, 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Phone: 717-728-2552
  • Email:
  • Blackboard: College Advising tab

The Learning Center

Students can find academic tutoring and assistance at the Center.  All services are available to students regardless of platform--live chat and virtual video appointments are available.  Make an appointment through the Learning Center tile on My.CentralPenn, and find links to resources (downloads, videos, etc.) at the Blackboard tab. 


  • Director: Megan Rehm
  • Location: ATEC 308
  • Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 AM to 6 PM, Friday 10 AM to 2PM, and Mondays by appointment
  • My.CentralPenn: WCONLINE Learning Center tile
  • Blackboard: The Learning Center tab
  • Email:
  • Phone: 717-728-2234

Central Penn Library

The Central Penn Library provides access to thousands of books and ebooks, online databases and streaming films, as well as DVDs, board games, and video games.  The Library also lends out laptops, has computers and study space, and always has at least one librarian on duty to assist students with research, citation, and other questions.


Counseling Services

Central Penn allocates a minimum of three (3) hour-long sessions for each student.  Services also include stress and anxiety management.  Counseling Services also sponsors workshops, speakers, and other events related to mental health.


  • Counselor: Tom Palmieri
  • Location: Summerdale--Bollinger 57; Lancaster--Room 115
  • Phone: 717-728-2416 (both campuses)
  • Email:;
  • Blackboard: Counseling Services tab
  • Office Hours: vary by term, see tab in Blackboard for current days/times by location

Career Services

Career Services helps students and alumni to find careers in their fields from the student's first day until retirement.  Services include: simulated interviews, online listings of positions, company information, job fairs, networking events.  Career Services also assists students with the Internship process.


Records and Registration

The Office of Records and Registration is available to answer questions about academic records, transcripts, enrollment, scheduling, policies, course registration, diplomas and much more.


Information Technology

Central Penn's Information Technology department, in addition to maintaining campus networks and technology, responds via the Help Desk to student questions and problems with Blackboard, student email, Microsoft Office, password lockouts, WiFi access, and other concerns.  Please see below for the Help Desk contact information.


Education Foundation

The Central Penn College Education Foundation is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to raise funds to support Central Penn College students through scholarships.  Students can apply for a number of scholarships during their application periods.