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Important note: There have been several changes to Autumn Quarter 2020 Chicago Quarter courses due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. Please navigate to the new
CHICAGO QUARTER 2020 webpage for details.
Please visit the
Admitted Students webpage to find out the next steps. For all further information about Premiere, visit the
Beginning on April 15, students are able to choose their Discover or Explore Chicago for autumn quarter 2020 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.
Please see the CHICAGO QUARTER 2020 page for full details.
New Student Service Day (NSSD) provides new students with the opportunity to become acquainted firsthand with DePaul’s Vincentian mission, as well as their new DePaul family. In 2020 it’s going to be different but just as meaningful. We will keep you posted as plans are finalized. Meanwhile, 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.
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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