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Adult Services

Program & Activities

Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs produces programs throughout the year on a number of topics and serving either the entire adult undergraduate and graduate/professional student populations or targeted sub-populations.

See an up-to-date list o​f event​s and programs upcoming on the office OrgSync page.

​Some of the programming and on-going resources throughout the year includes:

  • Transition Programs

    Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs participates in select orientations to acclimate students to DePaul and produces a quarterly SmartStart Program with tailored academic success information for new graduate and adult students. An invite to that event  sent to new students before each quarter or email adultstudents@depaul.edu if you have not recieved this invitation at least two weeks before classes begin. .

  • Community Building programs

    Events like Parents of Little Ones (POLO), Professional Adult Student Society (PASS), graduate outreach events, and other programs aim to build community among targeted populations. In addition, big celebrations like Adult Student Week, coinciding with national Non-Traditional Student Week, aim to bring recognition to all our students throughout the university.

  • Knowledge Acquisition programs

    Our office's annual Conference for Students with Children, each Spring, and Thesis/Dissertation conference, each Winter, are two examples of programs with very specialized information. Our quarterly Compass Group offerings provide in-depth exploration of topics for personal and professional development over four weeks with just one hour a week on a variety of topics. 

  • Celebration

    During Adult Student Week, as well as for graduation, Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Affairs celebrates our students and hosts events to honor achievements.  

  • Food for Thought

    At least two students can apply to have lunch with one of their professors, free of charge! This gives students an opportunity to informally visit outside of the classroom environment. We encourage you to discuss career opportunities, work history, transferable skills, research interests, classes, future goals, etc.
    Click here for the form, submission procedures, and full rules.​

Compass Groups

Click here to Sign-Up for a Fall​ Compass Group

Adult students:  are you interested in making the most of your DePaul University experience and meeting other students?

Would you like to gain valuable academic, personal and professional skills that complement what you’ll be learning in the classroom…for free?

What if we were to tell you that we are offering you the chance to do all of this AND get to know other DePaul students just like yourself simply by joining a Compass group?

Find out more about Compass Groups here. ​​

Financial Support

Details about the 2018 - 2019 Adult Student Affairs Scholarships can be found on the Financial Awards page.

Student Organizations

As an adult student, your education does not only happen in the classroom. At DePaul University, we offer many opportunities to join organizations that enhance your educational experience and help you pursue your other interests. You will find groups of people with common goals and an array of activities that will enrich your life. You can also find service opportunities that can help shape and change your community.

Make sure you check out the over 300 registered student organizations on campus!


Adult Student Center

The Adult Student Center is a one-stop resource center where adult students can network, find resources on financial/career planning, academic skill development, life balance issues, get their questions answered, study, relax and grab a quick cup of coffee, tea or water. Throughout the year, the center hosts small group discussion forums and social activities for adult students.

It is also a place for faculty and staff who work with adult students to discuss issues that are important to the success of this student population.

The center is located in 11017 DePaul Center and has extended hours during the regular academic year (9 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday).

Resources available at the Adult Student Center include:
  • Computers where students can check their email or finish class work
  • An area for informal group projects and meetings
  • Staff that can help you navigate through the campus
  • A library of resources geared towards adult students, such as books on budgeting, work/life balance, study skills, and resume building.
  • Current magazines, including Time, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Economist, People, More, and Black Enterprise
  • Information on current university events and information from various departments and colleges within DePaul.
  • Events like exam breaks, career changer forums and Adult,Graduate and Professional Student Week