World Campus Student Advisory Board

The World Campus Student Advisory Board is an extension of Student Affairs whose members provide advocacy on behalf of students through collaborative partnerships with administrators and faculty. The Advisory Board works to enrich and improve the World Campus experience and to provide relevant services to World Campus students.

Applications to participate in the Student Advisory Board are currently closed.

Board Structure

The board consists of 30–35 students who work under the leadership of Student Affairs staff. While all board and committee meetings are virtual, members may have the opportunity to travel to the University Park campus for special events. Being a member of the board requires a commitment of approximately five hours a month, which can include:

  • monthly board meetings
  • committee meetings
  • service opportunities
  • professional development opportunities
  • interactions with senior leadership

Being a board member can help you learn what it takes to become a better leader and communicator, appreciate the diversity of your peers, and identify civil and social responsibilities to develop yourself personally and professionally. Applications for the Student Advisory Board typically open at the beginning of the spring semester with selections made by early February. Information pertaining to the next application cycle will be provided once available. 


The board carries out its work via committees. All board members are required to be a member of one of the following committees. 

Board Relations & Outreach

Purpose — Develop and maintain bylaws of the organization; manage board membership; advise Student Affairs in recruitment, onboarding, and professional development for board members; and serve as liaisons with other student leaders internal and external to Penn State World Campus.

Key Initiatives

  • develop membership guidelines
  • develop the application for new members
  • meet with other student leaders

Student Engagement 

Purpose — Plan and implement student engagement opportunities, promote and develop clubs and organizations, and support other leadership and service programs.

Key Initiatives

  • advise Student Affairs on development, support, and implementation of student engagement programs

Marketing and Communications

Purpose — Promote student organizations, activities, and resources with the goal of increasing awareness and participation within World Campus. Attend special events and serve as a World Campus communication ambassador.

Key Initiatives

  • manage student advisory board web presence
  • recruit writers for the World Campus Blog
  • attend prospective student recruitment events

Academic Affairs

Purpose — Serve as the voice of students for units and committees working with faculty and academic programs.

Key Initiatives

  • work with University Libraries to enhance online resources
  • collaborate with academic advisers

Current Initiatives

The advisory board was formed in spring 2016 and strives to improve the Penn State World Campus experience through its work. Some of the board's ongoing initiatives include:

  • leading and collaborating in teams
  • serving on hiring committees for key student service staff
  • providing feedback on student engagement