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Beginnin on April 4, students are able to choose their Discover or Explore Chicago for autumn quarter 2019 by logging into the Blue Demon Domain, go.depaul.edu/BlueDemonDomain, for all Next Steps to enrollment, including orientation registration.
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.
There’s a short answer: Chicago has, depending on how you count, over 200 neighborhoods. So if you’ve visited Lincoln Park, the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, and Wrigley Field, that’s four down and 196+ to go! Here is a current neighborhood map.
The more substantive answer is that the city offers an enormous wealth of communities and resources. A savvy student should know how to take advantage of all learning opportunities, not just those in the classroom, in the pages of a textbook or on a screen.
Great question! And one we often hear. The first step is simple. After autumn quarter, you will be invited to fill out an on-line form in order to be sent information on how to apply to be a 2020 CQM. Information sessions for first-time CQMs are held in January. 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.
Immersion Week for Discover Chicago courses begins the week before the official start of Autumn Quarter classes. In 2019, Immersion Week starts the day after Labor Day and will run from Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 9 (with the weekend off).
If you cannot reach a member of your teaching team by cell phone, then you should contact the Office of the First-Year Program either by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 773-325-7573; or, if you are on the Lincoln Park campus, proceeding to the Office of the First-Year Program in Munroe Hall, located at 2312 North Clifton Avenue at the NW corner of Clifton & Belden.
New Student Service Day (NSSD), which takes place the day before regular Autumn Quarter classes begin, provides new students with the opportunity to become acquainted firsthand with DePaul’s Vincentian mission, as well as their new DePaul family. Each Discover Chicago class travels to an assigned service site in the Chicago community before returning to campus in the afternoon. In fall 2019, NSSD will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, right after Convocation. For 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.
Students who enter DePaul with 30 or more quarter hours may not take Chicago Quarter classes or Focal Point Seminars; instead, they complete two domain electives outside their area of specialization, using either transfer credit or DePaul credit. Transfer students with fewer than 30 quarter hours do take Chicago Quarter and Focal Point Seminar classes. View the policy here.
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