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First-Year Student Orientation

**Click here for information about Winter New Student Orientation 2015.**

Fall 2014 Discoveries Orientation

Fall 2014 Discoveries Orientation will be August 31st-September 6th. A schedule of the week will be available at a later date.

Your orientation group will be determined by the First-Year Seminar that you register for. This is the only fall course you'll register for before you arrive in for orientation. Registering for your First-Year Seminar registers you for Discoveries Orientation. Registration for First Year Seminars will open at 8:00 MST June 16th, 2014 and close July 16th, 2014. For registration information, visit the FSEM website.

Throughout the week you'll participate in activities such as:

  • small group discussions,
  • large group presentations,
  • interaction with faculty,
  • academic advising,
  • fun social activities
  • registration for the rest of your fall quarter courses,
  • and much more!

So prepare to be busy! In fact, you should not plan to do anything that week that isn't DU-related.  Missing Discoveries could have an impact on your fall registration. The goal is to help you get to know the University of Denver and what it means to be a part of our community. Also, during evening activities, you’ll have a chance to meet other students and sample just a few of the many different extracurricular opportunities available at DU.


Checklist Before You Arrive

  • Register for a First Year Seminar!- Domestic, first-year students MUST register for an FSEM between Jun 16th-July 16th, 2014.  For more information, visit
  • Arrange Housing - If you are living on campus, new student check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, August 31st, 2014. Students may see their room assignments beginning July 17th, 2014 on myWeb. You must be registered for a First Year Seminar in order to view your assignment.
  • Send Final Transcripts - Request to have your final high school and college transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by August 1st, 2014. If you have questions about how courses transfer into DU, it will be helpful if you can bring copies of official course descriptions to orientation. These must be printed or copied from the institution's course catalog, either hard copy or online.
  • Take the Math Proficiency Survey - All first year students are encouraged to take this survey prior to attending Discoveries Orientation.
  • Take the Language Placement Exam- All First Year students taking Spanish, French, German, or Italian are required to take this exam online by July 31st, 2014. Students planning to take Chinese, Latin, or Russian may download a paper exam and send it in. Students planning to take a language other than those listed here will take a placement exam during Discoveries Orientation week.
  • Take the Know the Code Quiz- Honor Yourself, Honor the Code. Curious about “the rules” at DU? Click here.  This contains important information you’ll want to know as a DU student. Scroll through the slide show and then show that you Know the Code by taking a brief online quiz. 
  • Accept or Waive Health Insurance - DU requires that all students have coverage. Please determine if you need coverage from the University or are able to waive this service due to coverage through your own policy.
  • Prepare Your Laptop - Make sure your computer has the appropriate antivirus software.  Once you arrive on campus, you will receive information for how to connect to the DU networks.
  • Explore ways to get Involved - Want to get involved on campus? You can start right now! Sign up on and create a profile under the University of Denver. Then look through all the different organizations on campus. There are even contact information for all the student organizations!