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First-Year Seminar Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I supposed to get out of my FSEM?

Each seminar fosters a vitally-felt, exciting sense of intellectual community. Seminar topics reflect the intellectual passions of the tenure-line and appointed faculty who lead them. Each seminar introduces you to the rigorous academic expectations held here at the University and helps you improve your academic skills.

Do I have to register for an FSEM?

All first-time, first-year students are required to take a First-Year Seminar course. While some institutions do not require first-year seminars of their students, we believe that it is essential to foster a sense of common experience among our students.

Who is my advisor?

At the University of Denver, undergraduate students have an academic advising network that includes support from their FSEM faculty mentor, staff academic advisor, and major faculty advisor. Incoming students are assigned both a faculty mentor and staff academic advisor. First Year Seminar instructors serve as faculty mentors and primary support for first-year students in their academic transition into the University. Staff Academic Advisors work with students on degree planning outside of their academic field and understanding university policies. Staff Academic Advisors also support student development through strength –based skill-building including understanding who they are as learners, goal setting, time management and organizational skills. In their second year through graduation, students meet with their assigned major faculty advisor. Major faculty advisors assist students in understanding the curriculum and research opportunities in their selected fields.

I’m coming in with AP/IB credits. Do I still need to take an FSEM?

Yes, if this is your first time as a full-time college student, you must take an FSEM regardless of the number of AP/IB credits you may have.

When will I register for my FSEM?

FSEM registration opens at 8:00am (Mountain Daylight Time) on June 7 and closes on June 17. Register EARLY! Classes fill up quickly. You'll choose the rest of your first quarter courses during Discoveries Orientation in the fall.

How do I register for my FSEM?

You may register for your FSEM beginning at 8:00AM (MDT) on June 7. The Office of the Registrar maintains the most up-to-date information about registration and has created a step-by-step guide to FSEM registration. Once you have found a few FSEMs that might work for you, make note of each CRN and go to PioneerWeb and follow the directions on the guide.

The FSEM I want is full! Now what? 

Find another FSEM! Registration is on a first come, first served basis. There are no waitlists for FSEM classes, so once a class is full you must choose another class. Plan to register early (registration opens June 7, 8:00am MDT) in order to maximize your options. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the Orientation Office at 303-871-3860 or discoveries@du.edu.