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First-Year Student Orientation

Discoveries: Your Gateway to DU

Our goal at Discoveries is to make sure that you have a successful transition to the University of Denver.

We match you with a current DU student (your Orientation Leader), who acts as your guide through the jam-packed week of Discoveries Orientation.

From building social connections to finding out the best places to eat on-campus, your Orientation Leader and the rest of the Discoveries Team will make sure you are well-informed and prepared for your first year at the University of Denver.

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!


Discoveries Orientation and Your First-Year Seminar
Your First-Year Seminar or FSEM is your very first class at DU, and the only class you register for before you arrive on campus. Once you register for your FSEM you are automatically registered for Discoveries Orientation Week.  

Registration for FSEM opens at 8am (MST) on Monday, June 15th.  These courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early in order to maximize your chance of getting a seat in your desired class.

Find out more about FSEMs and how to register here.


What do you need to do before you arrive on campus?

Check out this list of "to-do" items.


Fall 2015 Discoveries Orientation Important Dates

Monday, June 15th (8am MST) – Monday, July 15th (midnight MST): FSEM registration period
• Remember, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early in order to maximize your chance of getting a seat in your desired class.

Sunday, September 6th-Saturday, September 12th: Discoveries Orientation Week
• We will keep you busy this week, so don't plan on doing anything outside of your orientation activities!

Monday, September 14th: Fall Quarter classes begin

Programs during Orientation will take place in various locations across campus. If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact University Disability Services (DSP) at 303.871.2278 to discuss arrangements.