Katelyn Perry

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Katelyn Perry

Academic Adviser

Suite 506 Keller Building
Note: Keller Building is located in North Campus. The Nittany Lion Inn and the Nittany Parking Deck are good reference points.

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8435

Office Hours:

  • Advising Areas: Anthropology, Archaeological Science, Biological Anthropology, Labor and Employment Relations
  • Summer advising by appointment only.
  • Between June 16 and August 15, please contact laadvising@psu.edu for assistance.


  1. Bachelor of Arts in English
  2. Master of Science in Counseling/Higher Education Emphasis


I started my career in higher education as an instructor at a community college. I had excellent mentors there, and I learned a lot in that position. One of the most important things I discovered was that evaluating academic work became much less interesting to me than supporting students as they pursued their goals. I enjoyed listening to their personal stories and learning about their struggles and successes. With that in mind, I began to work on a graduate degree in counseling.

The first job I applied for after I completed my Masters degree was a professional advising position in the Crime, Law, and Justice Department at Penn State. I've been an advisor in the College of the Liberal Arts for almost 14 years now, and I still find working with students to be satisfying, unpredictable, and fun. In many ways, advising students feels like the thing I was meant to do.

Having lived in both Japan and Turkey, I like learning about cultures other than my own, and I think I'll always have the travel bug. I've spent time in Greece, Hong Kong, Thailand, France, Singapore, Morocco, and Taiwan. My brother, his wife, and my niece live in Spain, so I have visited their home in Marbella twice--and hope to do that again and again.

My husband and I have a little boy and all three of us love animals. We currently share our space with two dogs, two cats, and two mice. I enjoy movies, music, vegetarian cuisine (India Pavilion has amazing food), Death By Chocolate ice cream from the Creamery, and annual family vacations in Cape May, NJ.

When I arrived in Happy Valley, I didn't know anything AT ALL about football. I actually took a class--and this is totally embarrassing--called Football 101. I remember being surprised to find out that the defense and offense teams actually "took turns" playing on the field at different times. But, these days, I''m proud to say that I can absolutely follow any Penn State football game, have road-tripped to Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Alabama--and have lost my voice from excessive cheering!

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