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Graduating class of students in arts and design tossing their graduation caps.

We’re thrilled that you call the College of Arts and Architecture your home at Penn State and we welcome you to the space where you can find the resources to achieve academic success, discover your voice, and realize your potential.

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'Own Your Uniqueness'

Dario is a rising musical theatre star who specializes in tap dancing and choreography. He was recently praised as “an enchanting tapper” by The New York Times. In addition to pursuing a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at Penn State, Dario is a dance instructor at the acclaimed Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

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Dario Natarelli holding tap-dance shoes

“To be a ‘Penn Stater’ means to be a fighter, to be accepting, to own your uniqueness, to train hard, to stay motivated, to be a shoulder for others to lean on, to lean on other’s shoulders, and to have endless curiosity.” – DARIO NATARELLI

Theatre student running control board

A–Z Student Resources

For current students, this is a shortcut to what you need to know. Of course, if you don’t see it here, just contact us 🙂

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Academic Integrity

“Academic honesty boils down to three simple but powerful principles:

When you say you did the work yourself, you actually did it.

When you rely on someone else’s work, you cite it. When you use their words, you quote them openly and accurately, and you cite them, too.

When you present research materials, you present them fairly and truthfully, that’s true whether the research involves data, documents, or the writings of other scholars.”

Charles Lipson. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism, and Achieve Real Academic Success, 2nd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008), 3.

Penn State Integrity Policies

A&A Documents



Spring 2023 Commencement Information

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Venue: Eisenhower Auditorium
Reception: 11:00 AM–12:30PM Outside at Korner Tower Terrace (Rain or Shine!)
Procession: Line up: 12:30PM; Step off: 12:45PM at Korner Tower Terrace
Ceremony: Begins at 1:00 PM (lasting approx. 90 minutes)
Tickets: No tickets required for reception or ceremony; (commencement seating is first come first served)

For complete commencement details visit the A&A Commencement page.

Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

Visit Arts and Architecture’s Diversity page

The College of Arts and Architecture strives to maintain a student body, faculty and staff that represent the diversity within our society. The college’s Strategic Plan and Diversity Framework embody our strong commitment to our ideals of diversity and inclusion within the college and at Penn State. The arts and design disciplines have always been known as a place for all to be valued, and we are proud to continue that tradition.

A&A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Contacts

Folayemi Wilson
Associate Dean for Access and Equity

Curt Marshall
Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and Recruitment
Phone: 814-865-4894

Discover your community at Penn State. Our goal is to create a culture where all students feel welcome and included so you can focus on learning, creating friendships, and growing personally.

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Get Urgent Help

Title IX (Sexual/Gender Misconduct) Resources

The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Educational Equity’s vision is a Penn State community that is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Visit to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and resources University-wide.

For Parents + Families

Penn State’s Parents Program connects you with resources necessary to support your student. Most of the answers can be found on this University website. The Parents Program also communicates regularly with parents and families about what’s happening with your student, opportunities and events on campus, and available resources.

Also visit the: Penn State Parents and Families Resource Portal

Internships + Careers

THRIVE! – The A&A Student Success website

Nittany Lion Careers

  • Every day there are at least 10,000 jobs from 3,500 employers listed on Nittany Lion Careers – just for Penn State students and alumni. Looking for a new job, start here.

Scholarships + Financial Aid

A Penn State education is an investment in your future. The College of Arts and Architecture and Penn State as a whole are committed to providing resources, because we know costs are an important factor in any decision to invest in a college education. We want to help you to make an informed choice and be aware of the many opportunities available.

  • Visit the A&A’s Tuition + Paying page to explore financial resources, cost estimators, and get the details you need to make informed decisions.
  • The Scholarships page can help you identify the wide array of award opportunities.
  • Penn State’s Office of Student Aid website is a significant resource for all students – providing information spanning all aspects of aid and payment.

A&A Opportunity Fund

The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture is able to provide funds to support undergraduate research and creative activities. Learn more and download the Funding Request Form on the Scholarships page.


A&A Technology + Computing

  • Visit A&A’s Student Technology page to access a list of computing and software resources as well program-specific laptop recommendations and requirements.

University IT Resources

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Nittany Lion Careers

Nittany Lion Careers

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Student Engagement Network

Student Engagement Network

Find your ‘why’ – impact your community, make global connections, and challenge yourself. Grants, community, and more.

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Undergraduate Research Office

Undergraduate Research Office

Discover research opportunities. This is the hub for research resources, events, and organizations. Who should do research? You!

Research Now
Penn State Learning

Penn State Learning

Penn State Learning supports individual and group tutoring, learning community development, and collaborative projects to improve academic assistance resources for undergraduates.

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Student Org Central

Student Org Central

Penn State has more than 1,000 student organizations. From honor societies to student philanthropies to sports and special interest groups, there’s a club – or few – for you!

Penn State Student Affairs

Penn State Student Affairs

Health and wellness. Student life. Diversity and community. Support, safety, and conduct. Facilities. Careers and leadership success. Simply…all things student. Right here.

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Alumni Spotlight

ARTH_ Brisa Smith Flores Head Shot

Alumni Spotlight

Brisa Smith Flores

B.A. in Art History 2016

Brisa Smith Flores completed her undergraduate career at The Pennsylvania State University. There she worked to earn three degrees, Art History, History, and Global and International Studies, along with three minors in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Latino/a Studies. Brisa received a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis, “The Art of Ethnic Lynching: The Erasure of The Afro-Mexican from the National Identity of Mexico” analyzes how art and visual culture can be weaponized to maintain white supremacy. During her time in Philadelphia, she worked for the Association for Public Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Now, she is a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles in the World Arts and Culture/Dance Department, pursuing a PhD in Culture and Performance. Her dissertation topic explores the ways museums are part of the legacy of colonialism and how communities of the African diaspora across the Global South are challenging or reimaging how museums represent culture and identity.  She has presented her research at major conferences such as the Association of Black Women Historians Symposium, the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, and the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum. Brisa also serves as the Graduate Fellow for the UCLA Prison Education Program, a program that provides interdisciplinary for-credit courses in correctional facilities across Los Angeles.

A display of two brown masks, one large and one small from alumnus Brisa Flores for Inside the Mask Exhibition, Hammer Museum 2020.

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