Discover. Prepare. Connect.
Create Your Four-Year Student Plan for Your Time at DePauw.
At the Kathryn F. Hubbard Center for Student Engagement, we sit at the crossroads of the student experience at DePauw. It is our mission to help you discover more about yourself and the world around you. We can help you prepare for life after DePauw and make connections—whether that be to other students on campus, alumni, leaders in the Greencastle community or to people living around the world.
By working with our office, we can help you make a road map for your time at DePauw, to make sure you take advantage of all the great programs this University has to offer.
Four-Year Plan Key Events
While you will create an individualized four-year plan that will be based upon your particular interests and personal and professional goals, there are some general events to plan for that routinely unfold during the course of the four years that students spend at DePauw:
|Academic Life||Student Life||Hubbard Center|
|First Year||Students enroll in first year seminar. Students work with their faculty advisers to build an academic plan that encourages exploration and lays the foundation for future work.||Student Life assigns peer mentors and resident assistants for each student, and students participate in first-year programming designed to assist them in adjusting to college life.||Early advising focuses on encouraging students to start developing their co-curricular plan, including off-campus study, community service and career exploration.|
|Sophomore Year||Students continue exploring the curriculum broadly, which leads to declaring an academic major during the spring semester.||Students identify and begin to more deeply involve themselves in student organizations (e.g., sports teams, Greek organizations, musical ensembles).||The Sophomore Institute introduces students to professional development, networking and the full scope of Hubbard Center resources. Student further develop their co-curricular plan and prepare for off-campus study, externships and internships.|
|Junior Year||Coursework focuses on high-level, discipline-specific study and provides opportunities for students to connect their major to other academic areas and research opportunities.||Students position themselves for major leadership roles in campus organizations, living units and peer mentoring programs.||Students engage in major co-curricular activity, such as semester-long off-campus study and internships. Center advising shifts to focus on career and graduate school planning, pre-professional advising and applying for postgraduate fellowships and awards.|
|Senior Year||Students complete the academic program (including senior thesis, projects recitals and other capstone experiences).||Students complete final leadership opportunities on campus and begin to live independently.||Advising supports student preparation for postgraduate opportunities, including the job search, graduate school applications and postgraduate fellowships and awards.|
During your time at DePauw, you will discover who you are and how you relate to other people. By exploring a wide range of courses, relationships, and experiences, you will be well prepared to take advantage of all that DePauw has to offer. As a student, you will be able to:
|➤ Take classes in areas of study that interest you and a First-Year Seminar where you will improve your writing and discussion skills. Learn more...|
|➤ Explore opportunities for involvement through the Hubbard Center and other clubs and organizations on campus. Learn more...|
|➤ Complete a career assessment exercise through the Career Services office in the Hubbard Center. Learn more...|
|➤ Connect with DePauw alumni in your area of interest and consider looking for a summer job or internship. Learn more...|
|➤ Build relationships with your First-Year Mentor and First Year Mentor Group, as well as your academic adviser. Learn more...|
|➤ Work on fulfilling distribution requirements and take a Winter Term course. Learn more...|
Once you have taken the time to learn about the great opportunities the University has to offer, you will begin the important work of preparing for life after DePauw. The liberal arts have a proud tradition of producing the nation's best scholars and leaders. At DePauw, we are committed to producing graduates who are ready to engage whatever comes next. This may require you to:
|➤ Complete the Sophomore Institute where you will discuss your interests and find ways where you can continue to build your skill set. Learn more...|
|➤ Continue to explore possible majors while working on fulfilling your distribution requirements. Learn more...|
|➤ Consider a study-abroad or externship: intensive internship experience during Winter Term, or consider a semester or yearlong off-campus study experience. Learn more...|
|➤ Prepare to take positions in your clubs and organizations and become more confident as a leader on campus. Learn more...|
|➤ Consider graduate school and required courses and/or study for standardized tests (MCAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.). Learn more...|
|➤ Become INdorsed by the Career Development Professionals of Indiana as a career-ready graduate and work on job-search skills such as resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation. Learn more...|
|➤ Participate in the Hartman Center Engaged Leader Program. Learn more...|
Finally, we hope that you build connections during your time at DePauw. We strive to educate every aspect of our students, and help you articulate your development. It is our hope that your experiences while at DePauw will build upon each other to best prepare you for what comes next. This may require you to:
|➤ Finalize academic plans with your adviser and be ready to apply for job or graduate school. Learn more...|
|➤ Complete your senior seminar or capstone project and/or major-specific comprehensive examinations.|
|➤ Build up a professional network with alumni and consider joining a professional association or attending a professional conference. Learn more...|
|➤ Reflect on your experiences and work on articulating them by participating in a mock interview, or receive resume and cover letter help from a Career Services adviser. Learn more...|
|➤ Go back and revisit your goals and continue to seek out new opportunities to augment your knowledge and skills.|
|➤ Visit the Office of Alumni Engagement to learn more about DePauw alumni living in your area and participate in the Senior Gift campaign. Learn more...|
|➤ Work on a service project such as Winter Term in Service, Servicio en las Americas, DePauw Community Service or an Alternative Break Program. Learn more...|
LEAP into Your Future
The Learning though Experiential Applications Program is the centerpiece to the four-year plan. LEAP incorporates the multitude of experiences and opportunities at DePauw into a program that rewards your involvement in events and activities designed to enhance your future opportunities. The program is tailored to help you create your own plan for what you want to do during your time at DePauw, along with the best ways to prepare you to succeed.
Learn more about LEAP, including a timeline of events that will help you progress toward your future.