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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 the COVID-19 restrictions, Premiere DePaul was a virtual experience for summer 2020, no decisions have been made for summer 2021. The program, offered virtually throughout the summer, includes several parts to be completed over a period of a few days. Students are required to participate in all portions of orientation including a virtual meeting with an academic advisor to register for courses. Students will learn about the university and participate in small and large group sessions with current and fellow students. Premiere DePaul is a student's introduction to the amazing experience that awaits them at DePaul University.

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. Select a Chicago Quarter course. Chicago Quarter is your introduction to DePaul and Chicago. Please select your Chicago Quarter course in your next steps checklist in the Blue Demon Domain.
  3. Complete the Pre-Orientation Online Module. This module is part one of your DePaul orientation. The online modules will provide you with information about the university and prepare you for advising and registration. To complete, log in to Blue Demon Domain with your user ID and password and select Pre-Orientation Online Module from the Next Steps checklist. You must complete it prior to registering for the virtual portion and advising. Please note – it can take up to two business days for the Pre-Orientation Online Module to process.
  4. Register for Premiere DePaul. 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 the Premiere DePaul virtual orientation session and advising appointment most convenient for you. Note – registration for orientation closes 7-10 days before the session date.
  5. Receive Your Confirmation Details. Once we receive your Premiere DePaul reservation, a confirmation email will be sent to you with the date and time, as well as further directions, of your session. You will also receive an email confirming your advising appointment details. If you do not receive these confirmation emails, please email orientation@depaul.edu.

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.

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 May 2021.

Attendance at all of the sessions is required. The sessions offered during the program are critical to your success and if you miss the Premiere DePaul Zoom session, 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 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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