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Online Summer Course

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.


Register for a first-year seminar

All entering first-year students will enroll in a 4-credit First-Year Seminar (FSEM 1111) in the fall quarter. These seminars are designed to provide you with an in-depth academic experience that will be rigorous and engaging. Faculty members have selected course topics about which they have particular expertise and enthusiasm, and you are encouraged to register for any First-Year Seminar that looks exciting to you, regardless of your probable major. Registration will be open from June 12th through June 23rd. Please note that these courses are kept small and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for one of these courses ALSO registers you for Discoveries Orientation, and you will NOT receive your housing assignment information until you have registered!

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. The deadline for the completion of language placement exam is July 31, 2017 for all languages other than Arabic and Hebrew. Students planning to take Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish take the Language Placement Exam online. Students planning to take Latin or Russian complete the PDF Placement Exam and send the completed exam back by July 31, 2017, for grading. Students planning to take Arabic or Hebrew should read the placement guidelines on the CWLC website and will take their exam during Discoveries Orientation week.

Math advising tool

All first year students are encouraged to take the math advising tool prior to arriving on campus. The survey will be available in early June. All students should plan to take the math advising tool after they have completed their First-Year Seminar registration.

One Book One DU

Watch your mailboxes near the end of June for the One Book One DU common reading book selection! For Transfer and International students, you will be able to download a copy of the book starting on June 26.

Beginning College Survey

It's important to us that you get the most out of your time at the University! Completing the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) will help us tailor our support. Complete this survey prior to Orientation Week, which starts Monday, September 4. Click here to complete the survey.

Send final transcripts

Request to have your final high school and/or college transcript sent to Undergraduate Admission by August 1 if you are starting in 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

Health and Wellness

Submit proof of immunizations

Meningococcal and Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Colorado State Law and University of Denver policy require two (2) doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and a review of information regarding Meningococcal disease (meningitis). First-year students must submit this information by June 1; transfer students must submit this information at least 72 hours before their registration date to remove the hold on their account.

*If proof of immunity and acknowledgement of meningitis information is not submitted to the Health and Counseling Center, you will not be allowed to register for classes.*

Tuberculosis Screening

The Health and Counseling Center will send you a tuberculosis screening questionnaire. If you are from or have traveled through a country with a high risk for tuberculosis, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, you may be asked to submit further documentation.

Please be advised upon arrival at the University of Denver you may be required to provide additional information regarding your health status based on current public health concerns in the United States and around the globe.

Accept or waive health insurance

All students enrolled at the University of Denver are required to carry health insurance coverage. Therefore, students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they provide proof of other adequate health insurance. If a student chooses to remain on a family health insurance plan during their time here, he or she will need to waive the SHIP by the third Friday after classes begin. If you decide to waive the student health insurance plan, the Health and Counseling Center may request verification of your health insurance information. If selected you will be contacted and must submit a copy of your health insurance card. For students who would like to join the SHIP, we encourage them to proactively accept the coverage before they arrive on campus.

Parents or guardians with students under 18 years of age must sign and submit the consent form to have their student treated at the Health and Counseling Center.


Review & accept financial aid award

PioneerWeb is your resource to access the status of your financial aid requirements and awards. You can view, accept and decline your awards under the myWeb tab or through the Admitted Student tab. After reviewing your package, feel free to contact Financial Aid to discuss how to manage unmet cost through outside scholarships, loans, student employment and a monthly payment plan.

Submit your Financial Responsibility Agreement

All students at the University of Denver are required to sign a yearly Financial Responsibility Agreement. You will not be permitted to complete registration until you electronically sign this agreement.

Set Up Your DUPay Portal

You will use DUPay to make tuition payments and view statements and account detail. For more information regarding access and setting up Authorized Users, visit the Make a Payment page through the Bursar’s Office.

Colorado Residents

If you are a Colorado resident, you may be eligible for different forms of financial aid. All Colorado residents must submit a Colorado Residency form to the Registrar’s Office prior to the start of the academic year. If you do not declare Colorado residency or the Registrar’s Office determines that you are not a Colorado resident, you will not be eligible for state funding. The residency form is located online at

Life on Campus

Apply for an Experiential Community

The Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP), Living and Learning Communities (LLC), Excelling Leaders Institute (ELI) and Pioneer Pathways Program (P3) bring students in community with each other for enhanced experiences. To learn more and apply, please explore the individual program websites. 

Register for Pioneer Careers

Take advantage of DU career resources to explore professional opportunities and develop the skills necessary to succeed in your career journey. Learn about the many programs, events and individual advising available for 1st year students. Explore more about the program and register for Pioneer Careers (registration opens August 11th).

Research transportation options

Students may bring a car to campus for all four years of their enrollment. If you choose to bring a car, you MUST purchase a DU parking permit on our secure website. Commuter students may start purchasing permits in May, while students living on campus may start purchasing permits in mid-July (specific dates to be determined). DU also partners with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide the WeCar car-sharing program on campus as an efficient, affordable, sustainable transportation alternative. All full-time students will receive RTD's College Transit Pass which gives students access to all the bus and light rail services, including skyRide to Denver International Airport. Bikes are also a popular means of transportation and our campus is host to three Denver B-cycle stations if you do not bring your own bike to campus with you.

Submit your Pioneer ID photo online

Avoid long lines during orientation!  Submit your ID photo online and your Pioneer ID Card will be ready for you during orientation! Click here for further instructions.

Your Pioneer ID Card is an essential part of your student life on campus.  The ID card allows you to access your Residence Hall, Anderson Academic Commons, the Ritchie Center, parking lots, and several academic buildings throughout campus.  The ID card also allows you to use your meal plan, the Flex debit account, and printers across campus.  Full-time students also get free city-wide bus and light rail access.

Purchase and configure laptop

All students are required to bring a laptop computer for their DU academic experience. Please plan ahead and ensure you've purchased your laptop prior to arriving for your Discoveries Orientation. Check out the latest laptop specifications and requirements and ensure that your machine is ready to connect to the University of Denver's network.

The DU Bookstore provides special student pricing on Windows or Apple laptops, and software, that meet or exceed all DU requirements. Orders can be placed over the phone or in person, including over the summer break. 

International students, please note that we require English version of Windows operating systems due to security compliance for our network.


Sign up for Parent/family orientation

We realize that this is a time of transition, not just for students, but for families as well. We welcome your participation at our Parent and Family Orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. Please make sure you register before you arrive on campus.

First day on campus

For fall 2017 students, move-in will take place on Monday, Sept. 4th. For winter, spring and summer starts, please review move-in and check-in information on the Discoveries Orientation site.

Connect with us

Connect with us

Take time to check out our student blogs and learn more about life at DU, connect with other new DU students with our Private Online Community, enjoy the beauty of the DU campus on Instagram, and view a campus tour on our Interactive Map. Really show your Pioneer spirit and get the DU Fight Song Ringtone!