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Academic & Support Services For Students

Academic Advising

Academic advisors provide assistance and guidance in all aspects of students’ chosen curricula; they also offer major field and career-related advice. Students should get acquainted with their academic advisor. Academic advisors can help students plan workable educational goals; understand degree options, requirements and the financial implications of decisions; assess academic strengths and challenges and clarify realistic career objectives upon graduation. Students meet their academic advisors during orientation, and should meet with them each quarter prior to registration. For additional information students can contact their college advising office or visit the Student Success web page.

BlueStar

BlueStar is an online system that supports students’ academic success by helping to connect students to advisors, instructors and other DePaul resources. Faculty members use BlueStar to allow students to schedule appointments online, record notes from meetings, send messages, refer students to other offices, assign tasks for them to do, offer kudos, and, most importantly, to raise flags that indicate some kind of concern about a particular student's performance. Twice a quarter, faculty members also receive Progress Surveys asking if there are any flags or kudos that need to be raised. For additional information email BlueStar@depaul.edu.

BlueStar can be accessed here.

Campus Connect

The university online portal used to conduct student, faculty and staff business such as employee services, grade reporting and tuition payments.

Access Campus Connect hear.

DePaul Central

One-stop services to help students manage the business side of being a student at DePaul: registration, financial aid and payment.

Learn more here.

D2L (Desire2Learn)

Desire2Learn is a Web-based learning tool used for course instruction. Professors can post course syllabi and readings. Students can host discussions, post homework and submit writing assignments.

Learn more here.

DPR (Degree Progress Report)

The Degree Progress Report (DPR) is an academic planning tool accessed through Campus Connect to help students determine the courses and requirements needed to complete their degree at DePaul. The DPR also offers course planning and what-if simulations to explore additional major or minor interests at DePaul.

Learn more here.

Libraries

The DePaul University libraries provide resources and services to students, faculty and staff at three campus locations as well as from home or office via the libraries’ website. Library facilities include the Richardson Library at the Lincoln Park Campus and the DePaul Center and the Rinn Law libraries at the Loop Campus.

Access to materials in all the DePaul libraries is provided through the libraries’ online catalog. Through the catalog, students can also locate and check out books from 70 other colleges and universities in Illinois. The libraries also offer electronic access to periodical articles, reference sources, statistical data and other information via the Internet as well as the special exhibits. Reference librarians are at each of the three libraries to assist students with research assignments. Library hours are extended during exam times.

libraries@depaul.edu
Access the Libraries site here.

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the John T. Richardson Library, is a modern, collaborative learning studio, which provides a variety of peer tutoring services and career consulting. Participating programs include the University Center for Writing-Based Learning, the Science and Math Learning Center, the Career Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, and the College of Computing and Digital Media.

Tutoring and consulting services are offered daily, according to the schedule. No appointment necessary. Visit the Learning Commons website for the schedule and more information.

Office For Academic Advising Support

The Office for Academic Advising Support, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, provides comprehensive academic advising and major exploration services to undeclared or exploratory undergraduate students at DePaul. Academic advisors discuss all major and minor options available at DePaul, assist students in learning more about their academic interests and goals and how those relate to choosing a major that fits. They also provide assistance to students in selecting courses that allow them to explore various majors of interest.

Academic advisors also assist newly admitted transfer students and can discuss next steps, majors and what to expect as a new transfer student. Students can schedule an academic advising appointment with an advisor by stopping by either the Lincoln Park or Loop office locations, or by calling the main OAAS number at (773) 325-7431.

advisingsupport@depaul.edu

Learn more here.

OrgSync

OrgSync is a web-hosted platform that facilitates engagement by connecting students to organizations, departments and programs.

Access OrgSync here.

Science and Math Learning Center

For currently enrolled DePaul students, the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) provides free tutoring and academic support in the following areas: chemistry, mathematical sciences, physics, psychology (for statistics), quantitative reasoning (for LSP 120/121), and writing in the sciences.

The schedule of tutors is available on the center’s website. The center operates on a walk-in basis only, per the posted schedule. Students must bring their valid student i.d. with them.

Learn more here.

S.T.A.R.S. (Student Together are Reaching Success)

S.T.A.R.S. is an academic success and retention program for first-year students administered by the Office of Multicultural Student Success. The program targets DePaul students who are the first in their families to go to college, are from low-income families or are students of color.

Learn more here.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association consists of elected representatives that act as the student body “voice” to the president of the university and the Board of Trustees.

Learn more here.

Student Support Services/Trio

The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides advising, academic assistance, mentoring and career-related services to qualified undergraduate students at DePaul. The program, which is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, is part of a national network of TRiO programs designed to enhance the college experience and achievement of student from first-generation and low-income families.

Learn more here.

Tutoring

Most of the university’s individual academic departments offer tutors to assist students with specific course problems. Tutoring services are free to DePaul students and available throughout the academic year. Tutoring schedules are generally available through departmental offices.

Tutoring and Language Learning Center (Department of Modern Languages)

Free tutoring services are offered through the Department of Modern Languages. Students currently enrolled in a DePaul language course are eligible to arrange for up to two appointments a week (one hour per session).

Math Tutoring
Math tutoring is available through the Science and Math Learning Center on the Lincoln Park Campus, as well as through the department of mathematical sciences in the College of Science and Health on both the Lincoln Park and Loop Campuses. Visit either website for more information and schedules.

University Center for Writing-Based Learning

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) works with all members of the DePaul University community to support writers and to promote the use of writing in teaching and learning through five major initiatives: The Writing Center, The Writing Fellows Program, workshops, The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) and faculty development.

Learn more here.

Ventra U-Pass

The Ventra card is a contactless way to pay for transit on CTA and Pace trains and buses. Riders can purchase passes and add transit value at CTA rail stations, participating retail locations, online or by phone.

All full-time, eligible students at DePaul get a Ventra U-Pass, which provides unlimited rides on any CTA or Pace system bus or train at a discounted price during the academic quarters.

Learn more here.