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Welcome Week

  • Welcome Week Events

    Welcome Week 2016 is now over. The schedule for Welcome Week 2017 will be posting on this page in June 2017.

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Tips & Info for Starting Fall

Is there a cost to attend Welcome Week events?

NO, Welcome Week events are free to all DePaul students!

One of our Welcome Week events, Outdoor Adventure Labor Day Skyscraper Paddle, does have a registration fee of $30, but this is the only event with a cost associated with it. ​

When can I move in to my residence hall?

Your move-in dates vary by your year at DePaul, your orientation date, and (for first-year students) the type of Chicago Quarter course in which you're enrolled. Visit the Move-In page for Housing Services for move-in dates and details around moving into the residence halls.​

Do I need anything to attend Welcome Week events?

​All you'll need is your DePaul student ID - this is your ticket to entering almost all Welcome Week events!

You do not need to RSVP to attend most events.; any events requring an RSVP will say so in their event descriptions​ on OrgSync.

Where and when can I eat before the quarter begins?

Updated information is still coming in! Check back in late July for more information!

Your meal plan begins the day you move in to your residence hall, regardless of what day that is. ​

How do I get my CTA/UPASS/Ventra Card?

First, when we use any of these terms, we're talking about the same thing.

Second, it depends!

If you're enrolled in a Discover Chicago class and attended orientation prior to August 24th, you will have a personalized pass provided to you when you attend the first day of immersion week (August 29th). Your pass will be active for Fall Quarter immediately.

If you attended orientation on the 25th & 26th of August and are in a Discover Chicago course, your personalized UPASS will not be ready yet, so you will receive a seven-day pass for the CTA. At that time, you'll receive instructions on how to pick up your pass.

If you're enrolled in an Explore Chicago class, you'll want to follow these instructions for when and where to pick up your pass. Your pass will be active for Fall Quarter on the first day of classes, September 7th. If you attended orientation on August 31-September 1, your personalized UPASS will not be ready by UPASS pickup, so you'll receive a seven-day pass and instructions on next steps when you go to your designated UPASS pickup location.

If you're a returning student, your UPASS will reactive on the first day of classes, September 9th. You do not need to pick up a new pass.

When are the bookstores open for me to buy books?

Lincoln Park Bookstore Hours: 

Sunday, August 28: 10 am - 4 pm

Monday, August 29 - Thursday, September 1: 9 am - 6 pm

Friday, September 2: 9 am - 5 pm​

Saturday, September 3: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, September 4: 10 am - 5 pm

Bed, Bath, and Beyond Tent Sale, September 4 from 10 am - 4 pm on the Quad

Monday, September 5 (Labor Day): 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday, September 6: 9 am - 7 pm  

VIP Night, September 6 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: This event will have refreshments, raffles, cookies, free samples, and other events with staff in the textbooks area to assist new students with finding their books , answering questions , determining what texts are needed for their classes. 

Wednesday, September 7 (First day of classes): 8 am - 8 pm

Thursday, September 8: 8 am - 8 pm

Friday, September 9: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday, September 10: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, September 11: 10 am - 4 pm 

Monday, September 12: 8 am - 8 pm

Tuesday, September 13: 9 am - 7 pm

September 14: Regular Hours resume

Loop Bookstore H​ours: 

Monday to Friday: 7 am to 10 pm (except Labor Day - 9/5: 9 am to 8 pm​​)

Saturdays: 8 am to 8 pm

Sundays: 11 am to 6 pm


​A tip for new book buyers: if you have courses on the Loop campus, you'll go to the Loop bookstore to buy your books. If your class is in Lincoln Park, your books will be at the Lincoln Park bookstore. ​​

I need my student ID - when is ID Services open?

ID Services Hours

  • Monday - Friday:  9am - 5pm

If you attended orientation before August 24th, you shoul​d have received your ID before you left orientation. If you were not able to get your ID at that point, you can pick your ID up from ID Services.

If you are attending orientation on August 25th or 31st, you'll need to have your photo taken and will receive your ID on the spot before you can check into the residence halls.

If you are a returning student and need a new ID, you'll need to go to ID Services to have it replaced, for which there is a cost. ​

I have mail in the Student Mail Center - when can I pick that up?

The mail center will be open the following hours:

Summer Hours (through September 5)

  • Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday: 11 am - 2 pm
  • Sunday: closed

Saturday, August 27th & Saturday, September 3rd11 am - 5 pm

All Sundays + Labor Day (September 5): Closed

Academic Year Hours (beginning September 6) 

  • Monday - Friday: 10 am - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Visit the Student Mail Center website for their FAQs about receiving mail on campus.

Is there someone who can help me with setting up my technology in the halls?

 The Technology Support Center (TSC) (technical support) will be on-site in every traditional-style hall August 28 and September 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Student and professional staff members will be available to answer questions and offer services such as providing patch cords and coax cables, help with wireless, ethernet, telephone and general questions.

Look for the tech help table and representatives in blue polos. You also may speak with a Technology Support Center representative by calling (312) 362-8765.​

When will DePaul Central be open?

DePaul Central will have some special extended hours as move-ins occur and classes begin.

On Saturday, September 3, their office in Lincoln Park will be open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Both the Lincoln Park & Loop offices will have extended hours, from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm on the following days: September 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 15.

When can I use my Meal Plan to eat before the quarter starts?

You can​ use this calendar​ to find out what dining options are available between the day you move in and the start of classes.

Is there an app that can help me during the start of the year?

​iDePaul is our app, and it can be a big help to you on the go!

iDePaul is free and available for the iPhone, Blackb​erry andAndroid. The app provides one-stop access to campus maps, university news, the library, the DePaul directory, campus events, and more.​

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