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Alumni and Family Weekend
Alumni and Family
Weekend is a university-wide event intended to invite parents and families to
campus during the Fall Quarter.
Serving as a bookend
to graduation, Academic Convocation convenes to officially open the
Blue Demon Week
brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate what it means to
be a DePaul Blue Demon. Student organizations and departments from across the
university plan a week of events for the DePaul community, and there’s
something for everyone.
This new student
convocation at Wintrust Arena celebrates the beginning of the DePaul journey
for all new undergrads, including freshman and transfer students. At the
Welcome, the newest members of DePaul join a proud community founded on the
principles of learning, service and justice.
Quarter/Discover Chicago/Explore Chicago
The Chicago Quarter
is part of the First-Year Program. All first-year students choose a class
called Discover or Explore Chicago as part of their first quarter at DePaul.
DemonTHON is a
year-long fundraising effort benefitting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital in Chicago. It concludes during spring quarter with the
“Big Event,” the 24-hour dance marathon.
FEST is a student-run
music event. It is hosted and organized by the DePaul Activities Board, and
takes place on the Lincoln Park Campus Quad each May.
A free event for students
held during Fall Quarter finals. DePaul faculty and staff serve a late-night
breakfast to students as a study break and show of support during a
Student Service Day
service day is held the day before fall quarter classes begin. Every student
enrolled in a Discover Chicago class is required to participate, and those in
Explore Chicago are encouraged to do so as well.
for incoming freshmen students offered by New Student and Family Engagement, a
department in the Division of Student Affairs.
Some may think of
DePaul as a commuter school; however, every year 70%-75% of the freshman class
will live in campus housing. DePaul has 12 buildings in Lincoln park, both
traditional residence halls and campus apartments, as well as students living
at the University Center, the Loop Campus option. All class years, from freshmen
through law students, can live in campus housing.
Orientation program for
incoming transfer and adult students offered by the Office of New Student and
Day is a university-wide spring service day for students, faculty and staff
coordinated by the Vincentian Service and Formation Office. More than 1,000
DePaul volunteers engage in service across Chicagoland.
kick-off for the academic year. This celebration consists of New Student
Service Day, the Involvement Fairs, Taste of DePaul and many more activities.