Academic Information

Start thinking about your education

If you've submitted your deposit and confirmed your spot at DU, we encourage you to prepare for starting classes. There are a few things we'll need you to send us, including placement exams and your final transcripts. If you have questions, please contact Undergraduate Admission.

  • Discover DU
    As part of your orientation experience, all students will be required to take our online summer course called Discover DU. Through engaging videos and interactive content, students will learn about the values of the University community, how to register for classes, and what to expect during Fall Welcome Week. An invitation to begin the course will be sent in mid-July, and more information can be found on the Discoveries Orientation website.
  • Language placement exam

    Students who plan to begin studying a new language do not need to take a placement exam and should register for the 1001 level. Students who plan to continue studying a language should take the placement exam and meet with a language faculty advisor during the assigned time during Discoveries Orientation week to confirm which class is best for them. For information on which language placement exam to take, please visit The Center for World Languages and Cultures language requirement flowchart.

    Want to study Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish?
    Take the test online 

    Want to study Latin or Russian?
    Find the PDF Placement Exam on our website and mail it back for grading.

    Want to take Arabic or Hebrew?
    Read the placement guidelines. You'll take your placement exam during orientation week.

  • Math proficiency survey

    There is a brief math proficiency survey for all incoming students. This helps our faculty gauge your experience in mathematics and recommend math courses for you to take at DU. The survey consists of 20 algebra questions, and should take around 45 minutes to complete.

    Take the Math Proficiency Survey

  • Send your final transcripts

    Remember to send your final high school transcripts and AP/IB test scores to Undergraduate Admission by Aug. 1 (if you're starting in the fall quarter).

    If you have taken any AP or IB exams, please have those scores sent directly to our office as well.

    Undergraduate Admission
    2197 S. University Blvd
    Denver, CO 80208-9401

First-Year Seminar Program

Our First-Year Seminar program (FSEM) is your first stepping stone towards a DU education. It's an introduction to the cross-disciplinary class work you'll be completing throughout your time here. You'll be asked to think creatively, discuss challenging topics with your peers and push yourself outside your comfort zone.

In your First-Year Seminar, we'll challenge you through writing, close reading, debate and information literacy. Because this is your first real step into the world of higher learning, we hope you'll choose a topic that encourages you to work with your professors and peers to discover new ideas and perspectives.

  • First-Year Seminar basics
    The First-Year Seminar is a small student group paired with a faculty mentor. The professor guides the group through discussion and class work complemented by a range of critical materials. These can take the form of printed materials as well as practical learning experiences (museum exhibits, film, etc.).
  • How to register for your First-Year Seminar

    Start by reviewing our course descriptions for the upcoming fall quarter. Certain courses fill quickly, so have two or three options in mind you'd like to pursue. You'll need the Course Record Number (CRN) for each course you select.

    From there, you can register starting in June. Registration closes at the end of the month. Use your PioneerWeb login to access the registration form.

  • Discoveries Orientation
    You'll meet your First-Year Seminar classmates during Discoveries Orientation, which is DU's orientation for new undergraduate students. At the end of Discoveries Orientation, you'll go on a Destinations excursion with your seminar group to get started on the academic content of the course you've selected. You'll also get a chance to explore the Denver area.
  • Class schedules
    First-Year Seminars meet for four hours per week in the fall quarter. Schedules vary by course, but generally, classes meet twice a week.
  • Eligibility
    Transfer students cannot enroll in a First-Year Seminar class.

Contacts

First-Year Seminar Program

Jennifer Karas

Associate Provost, Academic Programs