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Discoveries Orientation

Transfer Student Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do Transfer Students have to attend Discoveries Orientation?

A: Incoming Transfer students must attend an orientation at the University of Denver.

The orientation team strongly encourages Transfer Students who can attend the week-long session to do so, as it provides a more in-depth opportunity for connecting to DU’s campus and fellow students.

We understand and respect that students have various schedule constraints, including family and work obligations, and therefore students are not required to attend the week-long session.

Q: Do International Students have to attend Discoveries Orientation?

A: Yes, incoming International students are required to attend Discoveries Orientation. During Discoveries Orientation International students will attend a session hosted by International Student and Scholar Services on Thursday, September 8th. 

Q: How do I register for the Transfer Student Orientation session?

A: You will register for orientation via an online survey. If you have trouble registering via the online survey, feel free to call the Discoveries office at 303.871.3860

Q: When will I find out the schedule for my orientation?

A: An online version of the week-long schedule usually becomes available on the Discoveries website in late July. The most important thing for you to know is that you will be busy that week, and should not plan any outside events or activities.

Q: As a transfer student, what will I do in my Discoveries group?

A: Within your particular orientation group you will attend sessions geared specifically to transfer students: major advising, individual advising, panels and sessions about Transfer Student life and general DU student life. There will also be special social events just for transfer students so you can build a support network as you transition to DU.

All incoming transfer students are invited to attend any of the Discoveries Week social events that work with their schedule.

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

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

Q: When do I arrive on campus?

A: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 is when students move into their residence halls. Move-in begins at 8am, and the Housing and Residential Education Office will assign you a specific move-in time based on your room number. Commuter students should check-in to Discoveries Orientation on Tuesday too, but don't have to do so until later in the day. Check-in will run from 8-2p.m.

Q: When do classes start?

A: Classes begin Monday, September 12, 2016.

Q: When do I buy my books?

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

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

A: Limited parking is available on campus. Please see the Parking and Transportation website for additional information about parking options and costs.

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

A: 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 website .

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

A: Accommodations and support are available through the University’s  Disability Services Program

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

A: 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 mailing address but must set up a "preferred" off-campus email address to which their mail automatically will be forwarded. Log into to set up a "preferred" off-campus email address. When the new address is updated, all future email sent to the address will automatically forward to the new preferred off-campus address.

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

A: Colorado law 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 of what is required and how to submit your information, please see information on DU's  Health and Counseling Center website .

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

A: 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 website .

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

A: Disbursement of financial aid is dependent on a variety of factors. For the most accurate information based on your situation, please review the information on the Office of Financial Aid’s website , and contact them directly