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Welcome Week and Back to School 2017

DePaul Mascot & Cheerleaders
Students on inflatable during Welcome Week
DePaul Polish Student Alliance booth during Welcome Week


Tips & Info for Starting Fall

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.​​​

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. ​

When are the bookstores open for me to buy books?

Lincoln Park Bookstore Hours: 

Sunday, August 27: 10 am - 4 pm

Monday, August 28 - Thursday, August 31: 9 am - 6 pm

Friday, September 1: 9 am - 5 pm​

Saturday, September 2: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, September 3: 10 am - 5 pm

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

Monday, September 4 (Labor Day): 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday, September 5: 9 am - 7 pm  

VIP Night, September 5 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 6 (First day of classes): 8 am - 8 pm

Thursday, September 7: 8 am - 8 pm

Friday, September 8: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday, September 9: 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, September 10: 10 am - 4 pm 

Monday, September 11: 8 am - 8 pm

Tuesday, September 12: 9 am - 7 pm

September 13: Regular Hours resume

Loop Bookstore H​ours: 

Monday to Friday: 7 am to 10 pm (except Labor Day - 9/49 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. ​​

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 24, you will have a personalized pass provided to you when you attend the first day of immersion week (August 28). Your pass will be active for Fall Quarter immediately.

If you attended orientation on  August 24 & 25 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 6. If you attended orientation on August 30 & 31, 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 reactivate on the first day of classes, September 6. You do not need to pick up a new pass.

Is there a cost to attend Welcome Week events?

There is no cost for most Welcome Week events. Almost all Welcome Week events are free to all DePaul students!

The 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. ​

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!

An RSVP is not required to attend most events; Events requiring an RSVP will say so in their event descriptions​ on OrgSync​.

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

ID Services Hours

  • Monday - Friday:  9am - 5pm

If you attended orientation before August 24, 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 24 or 30, 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 4)

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

Saturday, August 26 & Saturday, September 211 am - 5 pm

All Sundays + Labor Day (September 4): Closed

Academic Year Hours (beginning September 5) 

  • 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 2, 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​ 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

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 and Android. The app provides one-stop access to campus maps, university news, the library, the DePaul directory, campus events and more.​