Liberal Studies Program > First-Year Program > For Students
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As a part of Premiere DePaul Orientation, you will meet with your academic advisor, and at that time, you will select your Chicago Quarter course. You can check out Discover and Explore Chicago course descriptions, here. 2023 course descriptions will be updated in late April.
Within each Chicago Quarter course, one hour of class each week (10 hours total) is dedicated to Common Hour, a co-curricular program designed to address common issues of transition for first-year students. Common Hour is comprised of information sessions, discussions, activities, and workshops led by staff professionals and Chicago Quarter Mentors and designed to help students make a successful academic and developmental transition into DePaul University. The curriculum centers on three key ideas: understanding and believing in myself; connecting to the DePaul community; and transitioning to college.
Chicago Quarter is designed to help new DePaul students transition into a successful college career in an urban setting. Excursions into the city are a component of the class which introduce students to experiential learning through Chicago topics.
The city offers an enormous wealth of communities and resources and gives students the opportunity to engage in learning outside of classroom. Here is a map of Chicago's more than 200 neighborhoods.
Great question! And one we often hear. The CQM opportunity is posted to the Office of Student Employment job board in January each year, and the application deadline follows shortly thereafter, with hiring interviews taking place in February. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of New Student & Family Engagement (NSFE), Student Center Suite 304, 773-325-7360.
Chicago Quarter Service Day (CQSD) provides new students with the opportunity to become acquainted firsthand with DePaul’s Vincentian mission, as well as their new DePaul family. If you are seeking more information, please contact Katie Sullivan, in University Ministry, Student Center 311, 773-325-4490.
Study Abroad for First-Year Students
Advising & Placement
Students who declare a major will be assigned a major advisor. Undeclared and exploratory students will be assigned a professional academic advisor in the Office of Academic Advising Support (OAAS) specific to your Chicago Quarter course. Students in the Honors Program will be assigned to one of the Honors Program advisors in addition to their major advisor.
The First-Year Program is a vital part of the Liberal Studies Program (LSP), which offers students opportunities for intellectual exploration, acquisition of cultural capital, and academic skill development.
Transfer students (aged 23 years old or younger) who enter DePaul with 30 or more quarter hours of combined transfer credit, test credit, do not need to enroll in Discover Chicago/Explore Chicago or Focal Point courses. Instead, they will complete two Learning Domain electives outside their area of specialization, using either existing transfer credit or future DePaul credit. With First-Year Program approval, the transfer student may elect to enroll in a Discover Chicago/Explore Chicago and/or Focal Point course. View the policy here.
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