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Frequently Asked Questions

Students, General

  1. When will I register for my fall quarter classes and how will I know what to sign up for?
  2. I am an international undergraduate student. Do I participate in Discoveries?
  3. When do I arrive on campus?
  4. When do I buy my books?
  5. When do classes start?
  6. What if I'm undecided about a major?
  7. When will I find out about my roommate and housing assignment?
  8. I'm bringing my car to campus. Where can I park?
  9. I know DU is a laptop campus. What kind of computer should I get?
  10. I have a documented disability. What support is available at DU?
  11. When will I know what my DU email address is?
  12. What is needed for proof of immunization and where do I need to turn that in?
  13. I know DU requires students to have health insurance. What are my options?
  14. I have been awarded a grant/scholarship/loan. When will I receive that money?

Students, First-Year

  1. How do I register for my First-Year Seminar?
  2. How should I choose my First-Year Seminar?
  3. What if my first choice for my First-Year Seminar is closed?
  4. What's the difference between my Faculty Mentor and my academic advisor?
  5. What do I do in my Discoveries group?

Students, Transfer

  1. How do I register for Discoveries?
  2. What do I do in my Discoveries group?
  3. Who is my academic adviser?

Parents and Family

  1. How do I register for Parent and Family Orientation?
  2. What does the $25 per person charge cover?
  3. Are children charged the $25 per person fee?
  4. What if I miss the registration deadline?
  5. What happens at Parent and Family Orientation?
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Q: When will I register for my fall quarter classes and how will I know what to sign up for?

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Incoming students will register for classes on the Thursday and Friday of Discoveries week. Faculty members from various departments and academic advisors will be available to assist you in the registration process and to be sure you pick the right classes for your major.

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Q: I am an international undergraduate student. Do I participate in Discoveries?

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Yes! If you have been fully admitted to DU, Discoveries is a required to begin your academic year. You will also have orientation through the International House that is specific to international students before Discoveries week. Please see the "International House" link on the left for additional information.

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Q: When do I arrive on campus?

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 is when students move into their residence halls.  Commuter students are welcome to come to campus on Sunday, but don't officially need to check-in until Monday, September 2nd.

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Q: When do I buy my books?

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After you register and know your courses, you can then go to the DU Bookstore, or purchase books through other vendors around town or online.

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Q: When do classes start?

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Classes begin Monday, September 9, 2013.

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Q: What if I'm undecided about a major?

A:
You are in good company. Many students enter DU as "undeclared" students. You'll have ample time to explore a number of different majors in your first year. The majority of your courses in your first year will be fulfilling Common Curriculum, which apply to all students regardless of major. You may want to seek out additional help in deciding on a major by talking to faculty members in various departments and by completing a series of personality and interest inventories at DU's Career Center during your first year. See the link at the left for more on the Career Center.

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Q: When will I find out about my roommate and housing assignment?

A:
Beginning July 17th, if you have applied for on-campus housing, you may access your MyWeb account (MyWeb) to view your roommate and housing assignment. Please see the Housing and Residential Education website for additional information about living on campus.

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Q: I'm bringing a car to school. Where can I park?

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Limited parking is available on campus. Please see the Parking and Transportation link at the left for additional information about parking options and costs.

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Q: I know DU is a laptop campus. What kind of computer should I get?

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DU supports both Apple and PC platforms and part of Discoveries includes configuring your laptop to the DU system. For more on laptops, please see the Laptop Requirements link at the left. 

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Q: I have a documented disability. What support is available at DU?

A:
Accommodations and support are available through University Disability Services (UDS). For contact information and program details, please see the link at the left.

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Q: When will I know what my DU email is?

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Shortly after you deposit you will receive information about your DU email account. While DU provides students with an email address, students must forward this email to off-campus email service providers who are equipped to meet the growing demand for storage capacity (e.g. Gmail, YAhoo, etc.). Students will maintain their firstname.lastname@du.edu mailing address but must set up a "preferred" off-campus email address to which their mail automatically will be forwarded. Log into http://webcentral.du.edu and set up a "preferred" off-campus email address. When the new address is updated, all future email sent to the firstname.lastname@du.edu address will automatically forward to the new preferred off-campus address.

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Q: What is needed for proof of immunization and where do I need to turn that in?

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Colorado law (see Colorado Revised Statutes 25-4-901 to 909) and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment regulations require that all college and university students physically present on campus and enrolled for one or more classes submit proof of immunization. For details, please see information on DU's Health and Counseling Center site, linked on the left.

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Q: I know DU requires students to have Health Insurance. What are my options?

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All students enrolled for one or more hours of graded credit at the University of Denver are required to carry adequate health insurance coverage. Students are required to participate in the DU Student Health Insurance Plan or provide proof of other adequate health insurance coverage. For details on plans offered by DU as well as how to provide proof of your own carrier, please see information on DU's Health and Counseling Center site, linked on the left.

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Q: I have been awarded a grant/loan/scholarship. When will I receive that money?

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Disbursement of financial aid is dependent on a variety of factors. For the most accurate information based on your situation, please contact Financial Aid directly. A link to their website is included in the column at the left.

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Q: How do I register for my First-Year Seminar?

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Please follow the instructions in on the First-Year Seminar website (linked on the left). Registration opens June 17th and closes July 17th. You'll need your DU ID number, staring 87X-XXX-XXX. Registering for your First-Year Seminar also registers your for Discoveries orientation. If you have difficulty registering, please contact the Orientation Office at 303.871.3860 or orientation-du@du.edu.

International students will register during International Student Orientation, the week prior to Discoveries Orientation.

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Q: How should I choose my First-Year Seminar?

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Read through the course descriptions and choose several First-Year Seminars that sounds interesting to you. It is not necessary to choose a course related to your major and it will be helpful to have at least 5 options ready before logging on to register. Before you go online to register, be sure to check Course Conflicts with Majors and Living Learning Communities (LLCs) to make sure the First-Year Seminar you are interested in does not conflict with any required courses. You may find this list linked on the left hand side of the First-Year Seminar website.

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Q: What if my first choice for my First-Year Seminar is closed?

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Choose a different First-Year Seminar. With 85 First-Year Seminar offerings where faculty are teaching their passions, there are many excellent choices. These courses are capped firmly at 15 students to provide the opportunity for good interaction with peers and faculty and are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no waiting lists.

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Q: What's the difference between my Faculty Mentor and my academic advisor?

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No difference! Your Faculty Mentor and academic adviser for your first year are the same person, that is, your First-Year Seminar instructor.

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Q: What will I do in my Discoveries group?

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There are 80 different first-year student orientation groups. Within your particular orientation group you will attend such sessions as Dialogues, major advising, individual advising, and registration for fall courses, as well as group time to get to know your fellow classmates. All of these events will help you transition to a college environment.

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Q: How do I register for Discoveries?

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Transfer students can register for one of two Discoveries options. For details and directions on how to register, please visit the Transfer Student page of this site. (First-year students are registered for Discoveries when they register for their First-Year Seminar.)

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Q: What will I do in my Discoveries group?

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There are 7 transfer student orientation groups. Within your particular orientation group you will attend sessions geared specifically to transfer students: Dialogues, major advising, individual advising, laptop configuration, transfer student panel, and registration for fall course. There will also be special social events just for transfer students so you can build a support network as you transition to DU.

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Q: Who is my academic advisor?

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During Discoveries you will meet with a professional staff member from Academic Advising to get registered for your first quarter courses. For future advising, you will be directed to a faculty adviser based on your major. If you have not decided on a major, you'll continue to receive advising through Academic Advising.

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Q: How do I register for Parent and Family Orientation?

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You can register on the Parent and Families page of this site. If you have difficulty, please call the Orientation Office at 303.871.3860

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Q: What does the $25 per person registration fee cover?

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The registration fee helps to offset the cost of meals and materials.

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Q: Are children charged the $25 per person fee?

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Children 10 and under may attend Parent and Family Orientation without registering and will not be assessed the $25 fee. Please do not include them in your count when registering online.

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Q: What if I miss the registration deadline?

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You may register on-site, however registering ahead of time will insure you move smoothly through check-in. We recommend this option only if your circumstances necessitate a last-minute decision to attend.

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Q: What happens at Parent and Family Orientation?

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Parents and Family are invited to attend Pioneer Passage (which marks your student's entrance into the DU community; attend campus information sessions on topics such as Campus Safety, Health and Counseling, and Study Abroad; learn about the Student Life Division and services provided to students; attend a Q&A session with Chancellor Coombe; participate in All-Campus Lectures; and listen to keynote Helen Johnson speak on parenting a college student.

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