The Discoveries Orientation team is anxiously awaiting your arrival to the University of Denver campus! Our goal is to welcome you to our community and make your transition to college as smooth as possible. The week of Discoveries Orientation is an exciting time for you to get acclimated to campus, the academic environment, and to meet other DU students. You will go through the week with classmates from your First Year Seminar (FSEM) and your FSEM Professor. Each group is also assigned an orientation leader (a current DU student) who will guide you through the week of Discoveries and answer any questions you may have from the student perspective!
There are many activities happening throughout the week of orientation:
Dialogues: Dialogues is a series of conversations you will have with your Faculty Mentor, Orientation Leader, and classmates in the classroom setting. You will discuss various readings, share perspectives with peers, and learn more about academic expectations and resources at DU. You will also learn a bit more about what to expect from your FSEM in the upcoming quarter.
Academic Advising and Registration: You will learn about academic requirements including the Common Curriculum and major requirements. If you haven’t yet decided on a major, not a problem! There will be sessions for undecided students as well. After Academic Advising sessions, you will create a schedule for fall quarter and register for classes.
Destinations Trips: Destinations Trips allow you to spend time with your Discoveries Orientation group in experiential learning related to the topic of your First-Year Seminar. You might take a trip up to Mt. Evans for a hike, take the light rail downtown to visit a museum—or anything in between! You get details about your specific Destinations trip from your FSEM Professor.
Evening Activities: A fun social activity is planned for each night of Discoveries Orientation. This is a great time to relax and get to know your fellow incoming Pioneers as well as other orientation leaders.
Transitioning to college is exhilarating, but can also cause some anxiety. It is normal to feel a bit unsure of what lies ahead. The University of Denver community is here to welcome you and help with anything you need. During Discoveries Orientation week, we encourage you to ask your orientation leader or faculty mentor any questions and to also share any concerns you may have. The week of orientation is incredibly busy! While it’s critical that you attend all the required activities, it’s also important to take time for yourself and reflect on your experience.
A complete schedule of activities for the week is linked on the left hand side of http://www.du.edu/studentlife/discoveries/firstyearstudents.html. If you have ANY questions, please contact the Discoveries Orientation Office at 303-871-3860 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see you in a few short weeks!