Division of Student Affairs > Student Life > For New Students > Parent and Family 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 parents and family members feel confident and excited as their student begins their first quarter at DePaul!
Our orientation programs, Premiere DePaul for freshmen and Transition DePaul for transfer and adult students, provide students with the tools for a successful first year. Parent and Family Orientation provides an opportunity for parents and family members to connect with university staff and current students, while also becoming familiar with the resources available to support their student during their time at DePaul. New student orientation includes two required portions: an academic advising appointment and a Premiere or Transition DePaul orientation session.
Learn more about freshman orientation here. Learn more about transfer orientation here.
Students are required to participate in all portions of orientation. During the academic advising appointment, students will meet with an academic advisor to register for courses. In the Premiere or Transition DePaul session, students will learn about the university and participate in small and large group sessions with current and fellow students.
Parents and other family members are not required to attend, but are welcome to join their student at the Premiere or Transition DePaul session. To supplement the orientation, several videos are posted below to address common questions we receive from parents and family members. We encourage you to review these videos at your leisure.
Take Care DePaul for Families
Name Above the Door
DePaul’s Vincentian mission originates in the story of French Catholic priest St. Vincent DePaul. St. Vincent DePaul’s dedication to extending education, healthcare, employment and other resources that support livelihood to marginalized communities is best reflected in the defining question, “What must be done?” Today, students and faculty at DePaul ask the same question of themselves and their peers, fueling DePaul’s mission to challenge systems of oppression and inequality in Chicago and beyond.
Academic Advising and Course Registration
The Office for Academic Advising and Support empowers students with information and personalized advising to build paths to success in their education and future careers. OOAS collaborates with offices and organizations across the university to provide students with programming that encourages major and career exploration, useful tools for academic planning and smooth transitions to DePaul for transfer students.
Finalizing Your Finances
Engage with the Mission
Parent and Family Orientation Wrap Up
Words of Encouragement
Words of encouragement from other DePaul parents and family members.
Checkout the NSFE New Student Calendar for the 2022-2023 academic year!