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Freshmen 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, is designed to provide students with the tools for a successful first year. The program, offered throughout the summer, is a two-day, overnight program. Students are required to attend both days of orientation in order to meet with an academic advisor and register for courses. Students will learn about the university by attending information sessions, participating in small and large group activities with current and fellow students, and spending the night in a residence hall. Premiere DePaul is a student's introduction to the amazing experience that awaits them at DePaul University.

Day one begins with an opportunity to explore DePaul followed by a warm welcome from university officials. Students will learn about the college they are entering, DePaul’s liberal studies program, and the resources available to guarantee success. On day two, students meet with an academic advisor, register for courses, and explore their new neighborhood. We also sprinkle in some fun to ensure that students wish classes were starting the very next day!

Frequently Asked Questions by Freshmen

How do I register for Premiere DePaul?

  1. Complete the Requ​ired 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. Register for Premiere DePaul. Registration for Premiere DePaul will be available in early April 2018. After that time, wait o​ne or two business days after you complete the placement process, return to the Blue Demon Domain to sign up for the orientation session most convenient for you. Note – registration for orientation closes 7 days before the program.​​

  3. Receive Your Confirmation Details. Once we receive your Premiere DePaul reservation, a ​​confirmation email will be sent to you with the date, time and location of your session. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please email orientation@depaul.edu. ​​Do NOT make any travel arrangements prior to receipt of the confirmation email.​​

What will happen at Premiere DePaul?

At Premiere DePaul you will:​

  • Meet with an academic advisor 

  • Select and register for courses ​​

  • Get your DePaul ID card​

  • Meet other new students

  • Tour campus​​

  • Learn about campus resources and services ​

  • Attend sessions with helpful, relevant information about life at DePaul​

What orientation session should I attend?

​​​​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.

Students who are from out of state, outside of the U.S. or with previous commitments should reserve their spot in the most convenient orientation session and be assured that they will still obtain the classes that they need.

How do I prepare for orientation?

During your orientation, you will have the opportunity to 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 Premiere DePaul, 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.​

Is attendance at orientation required?

​​​Yes, attendance at orientation is required. This is how all first time DePaul students register for their first quarter of classes. It is to your advantage to attend an orientation session so that you are able 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 college life at DePaul.​​

How do I find details and the schedule?

Premiere DePaul is a two-day on-campus experience. Students are expected to participate in the program for the full two days. An overview of the Premiere DePaul schedule for students can be found here.​

What if I can't attend the whole program?

​​​Once you're here for orientation, attendance at all of the sessions is required. The sessions offered during the program (whether Premiere or Transition DePaul) are critical to your success and if you miss any or all portions of the program you may forfeit your ability to meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from being able to attend the program for which you are scheduled, kindly call us before your orientation session so that we can try to reschedule you for another program.​​​​​

Can I bring a guest?

​​​​​​​​​We invite and encourage parents ​​and primary supporters to attend Premiere DePaul. The Parent & Guest Program is designed specifically to provide students’ primary supporters with the resources necessary to successfully support their student.​

​​​Students can register up to two guests to accompany them at Premiere DePaul. It is important to note that the Parent & Guest Program runs concurrently to the student program, with some sessions together and some sessions separate.

​​​​​​​​​The Parent & Guest program consists of:

  • ​​​A​ formal univ​ersity welcome

  • ​Information about financial aid and financial resources

  • ​​​An academic presentation from your student's college

  • ​Dinner on day one and breakfast and lunch on day two

  • ​Sessions about resources and opportunities available to your student

  • ​Optional campus tour

  • ​​Optional one-on-one financial aid counseling​

Where should I park if I don't take public transportation?

On the day of orientation, free parking is available in the parking garage located at 2330 N. Clifton Avenue between Fullerton and Belden Avenues. ​​​​Do NOT park in any surface parking lots or in the Admission Welcome Center lot, as cars will be towed from these locations at the owner’s expense.​​


How much is the program fee?

The anticipated fee for Premiere DePaul is $225. It is automatically assessed and included on your first quarter tuition statement at DePaul. The fee is nonrefundable.


If a student demonstrates financial need, it is possible to receive a fee waiver by submitting the waiver request form here: https://go.depaul.edu/WaiverRequest 

This request must be made before the first day of classes of the first quarter that a student is enrolled.


Please note, the Office of New Student & Family Engagement policy requires payment for services and costs associated with attendance to any of the DePaul University orientation experiences regardless of final enrollment status.​​

What are the orientation dates?

​Orientation sessions are based on your college of enrollment. Please note that a limited number of students can attend each Premiere DePaul session and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Orientation registration will be available in early April 2019. 

 Please do not make any travel arrangements until after you register and receive a confirmation email, as dates and availability are subject to change.  


Will I meet with an advisor at orientation?

​​​Yes! You will have the opportunity to plan out your academic coursework for the upcoming quarter with an advisor from your college​.

Do I have to stay overnight?

An overnight stay is required for Premiere DePaul, even if you will not be living on campus during fall quarter. Missing any part of the two-day orientation, including the overnight component may prevent you from registering for classes on day two.

For students attending the last two Premiere DePaul sessions, there is no overnight component. If you have a fall housing contract, please contact the Department of Housing to arrange for an early move-in, otherwise overnight accommodations will not be provided.

Overnight accommodations are not available for parents and guests, or for the Transition DePaul programs. For a list of nearby hotels, please click here and then click on "Places to Stay" in the center of the page.​

Where will I stay?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students attending Premiere DePaul stay in a residence hall on the Lincoln Park Campus. Everyone participating in the program will stay in the same residence hall, along with current student leaders who are members of the orientation staff and the Residential Education staff. New students will room with other new students (of the same sex), with 2 - 3 students per room.

Parents and guests do not have on-campus overnight accommodations. For a list of nearby hotels, please click here​ and then click on "Places to Stay" in the center of the page.

Is there a cost to attend the Parent and Family program?

No. Students attending Premiere or Transition DePaul can bring up to two guests with them free of charge.​

Are placement tests required? When should I complete my placement tests?

​​​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 anywhere: at home, school, or from any place with a computer and an internet connection. 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.


If family members or guests attend, will they participate in the program with me?

Sessions for parents and family members run concurrent to the student orientation sessions. Additional information about the Premiere DePaul schedule can be found here. While the sessions take place at the same time, most of the two program activities are separate. To register your parent(s) and/or guest(s), be sure to complete the "Guest Registration" section of the online reservation form within Campus Connection.

What should I bring with me to orientation?

​​​​​​​​To fully participate in the Premiere DePaul program, plea​se bring:

  • Change of clothes and toiletries for your overnight stay
  • A pen and notepad (to take notes)
  • A picture ID
  • Your Campus Connect user ID and password
  • Your immunization records (if not previously submitted)
  • A copy of your final transcript (if not already sent to the Office of Admission)
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket (meeting rooms tend to be cold)​

Can my parent/guest help me register for classes?

​​Parents(s) or family member(s) can assist you when reviewing the Degree Planning Tools​ prior to coming to orientation. However, at orientation parents/guests are not allowed to attend advising sessions with their students.​​​ ​​

What happens if I've decided not to attend DePaul University?

​​​​​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.​