Timely Tips: Tips for Helping New Students Transition

It’s fall, so that means thousands of new DePaul students are transitioning to life at college in the big city. All faculty and staff can play an important role in facilitating new students’ transitions to DePaul, by helping them to see DePaul as home, and to master the business of being a student. Following are some tips for how you can support our new students as they learn to navigate campus and college life.

Suggest visiting tutoring labs for classes. If you notice a student struggling, let them know that DePaul offers free tutoring for various classes in each college:
  • General Computing and Digital Media class tutoring in the Tutoring Center, room 208 of the Computing and Digital Media (CDM) building. Appointments with CDM tutors can be made online.
  • The University Center for Writing-based Learning, in the Lincoln Park Schmitt Academic Center room 212 and Loop Lewis Center suite 1600, assists students with writing assignments.
  • Study Jams​ for math and science classes are hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Success for low-income, first-generation students.

Encourage students to explore OrgSync. Involvement on campus is important for retention and overall student satisfaction. New students may be unaware of OrgSync, which contains information on over 300 student organizations that students can join, as well as lists departmental and organization events on campus.

Guide them to Student Affairs and its various services. Student Affairs has ten departments dedicated to various student needs:
Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs
Athletic Academic Advising
The Center for Students with Disabilities 
The Dean of Students Office
Health Promotion and Wellness
New Student and Family Engagement 
Office of Multicultural Student Success
Residential Education 
Office of Student Involvement
University Counseling Services


Recommend visiting the Career Center for career-related guidance. If a student seems unsure about their career path, the Career Center can help. Advisors can meet one-on-one with students to plan for their future in either the Lincoln Park or Loop campuses. The Career Center also holds internship and job fairs regularly, and students can also apply to jobs and internships online through Handshake.

Be open and willing to help. It can be difficult for students to become accustomed to a new academic environment. Let new students know you are willing to assist them when they have questions about DePaul and the resources available to them.

If a student is seeking a specific resource or support, suggest that they visit the Student Affairs website, or the Student Affairs office in either the Lincoln Park Student Center 307 or in the Loop, Lewis Center 1400.