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Freshman Orientation

​The Office of New Student & Family Engagement implements new student orientation to aid in the transition of students and families into the university. The information provided here is designed to make students feel confident and excited as they begin their first quarter at DePaul!

Premiere DePaul, our mandatory orientation program for freshmen, provides students with the tools for a successful first year. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the required components of Premiere DePaul will be online for summer 2021. The online program includes two required portions: academic advising and virtual Premiere DePaul. In the academic advising appointment, students will meet with an advisor in their college of enrollment to discuss degree requirements and to register for fall quarter classes. This meeting will last for approximately one hour and will take place online.

The two hour virtual Premiere DePaul session, introduces students to university resources and opportunities for engagement. Orientation Leaders—current DePaul students—lead incoming students through activities to help students connect with each other and with the university. Virtual Premiere DePaul will answer questions about college life and more. Orientation Leaders will also reach out to students after their virtual Premiere DePaul session to help prepare for the fall quarter.

Freshman Orientation Process

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Frequently Asked Questions by Freshmen

  1. Complete the required placement process. At DePaul, students complete their required placement process online before registering for orientation. To complete the placement process, log in to the Blue Demon Domain with your user ID and password and follow the next steps checklist to complete the placement process. Please note – it can take up to two business days for placement tests to process.
  2. Complete the pre-orientation online module. This module is part one of your DePaul orientation. The online module will provide you with information about the university and prepare you for advising and course registration. To complete the module, log in to Blue Demon Domainwith your user ID and password and select pre-orientation online module from the Next Steps checklist. You must complete it prior to registering for an academic advising appointment and virtual Premiere DePaul. Please note – it can take up to two business days for the pre-orientation online module to process.
  3. Register for Premiere DePaul and Select a Chicago Quarter course. After you complete placement exams and your pre-orientation online module, return to the Blue Demon Domain and click on Register for Orientation (Premiere DePaul) to sign up for orientation and select a Chicago Quarter course. You will take your Chicago Quarter course in the fall quarter. The course is your introduction to DePaul and Chicago. Note – registration for academic advising appointments and virtual Premiere DePaul sessions close 7 days before the session dates.
  4. Receive your confirmation details. Once you register for academic advising and virtual Premiere DePaul, you will receive two confirmation emails. These emails will include the dates and times of your sessions, and further directions. If you do not receive these confirmation emails, please email orientation@depaul.edu.

In summer 2021, the required portions of Premiere DePaul orientation will be held online. All incoming students must attend a virtual academic advising appointment and virtual Premiere DePaul prior to starting their first quarter.

We hope to offer some optional in-person events later in the summer to introduce new students to campus. Please check your email regularly for announcements and registration links for potential in-person events.

Yes, attendance at all portions of orientation is required. This is how all first time DePaul students register for their first quarter of classes. Orientation enables you to learn more about the requirements of your college program, meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, interact with current DePaul students, and find out more about being a student at DePaul.

During the advising appointment portion of orientation, you will meet with an advisor from your college. This meeting will be the first of many advisor meetings you will have as a student at DePaul and will focus on getting you set up with classes for your first quarter. While there won’t be time to dive into your graduation plan, once you start at DePaul you will be matched with your permanent advisor and can begin those conversations.

To help you prepare for your advising and registration at Premiere DePaul, we recommend reviewing the registration and degree planning tools available here.

Before attending orientation, you are required to submit your official, final transcript(s) to the Office of Admission. Your academic advisor can help you better select classes if your final transcript information has been evaluated before you attend orientation.

Academic advising appointments and virtual Premiere DePaul sessions are based on your college of enrollment. In 2021, academic advising appointments will be offered from May–September and virtual Premiere DePaul dates will span from late June–August. Please note that a limited number of students can attend each session and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Orientation registration will be available in early April 2021.

Attendance at both your academic advising appointment and virtual Premiere DePaul is required. The information shared during the program sessions is critical to your success. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from being able to attend the session for which you are scheduled, kindly contact us (orientation@depaul.edu, 773.325.7360) before your orientation session so that we can try to reschedule you for another program.

Students complete their required placement process online before registering for orientation. The results of this process will be shared during academic advising to determine proper course selection.

The placement process can be completed at home. When you are ready to begin your placement process, log on to the Blue Demon Domain and click the next steps to complete placement.

For detailed information about the placement process and exemptions, visit here. For specific questions about the placement process, please contact Student Records at dpcl@depaul.edu or 312.362.8610.

Students who take action early and select an earlier orientation date do have an advantage when it comes to selecting classes. While every student will leave orientation with a complete class schedule with classes that will fulfill Liberal Studies or major requirements, the greatest selection of course offerings will be available to those who attend orientation early.

Parent(s) or family member(s) can assist you when reviewing the Degree Planning Tools prior to coming to orientation. However, when meeting with an advisor during orientation, parents/guests are discouraged from attending advising sessions with their students.

If you have decided not to attend DePaul University, please inform the Office of Admission (admission@depaul.edu) and New Student and Family Engagement (orientation@depaul.edu) as soon as possible.

 


 

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New Student and Family Engagement can answer your questions about freshmen student orientation at DePaul. If you have any questions please email orientation@depaul.edu or call us at 773-325-7360.

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