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New Student Orientation

Welcome to the DePauw University community!

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Note: Schedule may change due to health and safety needs.

Members of the Class of 2025 are required to attend orientation in its entirety. While there is a lot of information to cover, our mentors and campus partners will help ensure all questions are answered and resources are available.

*Note that some programs may have specific and prior arrival dates. This will be shared directly with those students with the support of program directors.

The meeting with your First-Year Seminar professor and Mentor following the Class of 2025 Convocation on Saturday, Aug. 21 can be found here

Transfer students will be provided a condensed orientation program upon arrival. Information will be shared directly regarding arrival information, advising, and events. Please contact JJLICON@depauw.edu for additional information. 

International Students will also participate in International Student Orientation, facilitated by the International Student Affairs team.

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  • Masking during move-in: All students, employees, guests, and move-in helpers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to mask indoors during move-in activities including moving into residences.  We are also requiring masking for all participants and guests for first-year student opening convocation and other indoor opening day activities. A revised plan for convocation is under development.

  • Masking at large indoor gatherings: Effective immediately, masking will be required at all large indoor gatherings (50 or more) regardless of vaccination status.

  • Masking during classes and similar academic activities: Effective immediately, masking will be required during all classes, labs, studios and similar instructor-led activities that take place indoors regardless of vaccination status unless, for pedagogical reasons, an instructor decides that masks should be recommended and not required for vaccinated students. Faculty should note if masks will be recommended and not required, for vaccinated students, on their syllabus and students will always have the option to continue wearing masks.

  • Masking continues to be recommended but not required for all vaccinated individuals during co-curricular and extracurricular campus activities, including athletics, student organization meetings and events. DePauw athletics will be following NCAA guidelines regarding masking and testing.

  • In all indoor situations, masks remain required for unvaccinated individuals except when in the privacy of your own space. We recognize that many vaccinated individuals will also choose to wear masks even in situations where they are optional. No individual should be encouraged to remove a mask if they prefer to wear it.

Visit the DePauw COVID Webpage for information.

New Student Orientation Schedule

Class of 2025 Orientation & Campus Resources

General assistance is available at the Memorial Student Union Building, Suite 200. Students should contact the Office of Student Academic Life in advance for any questions or concerns at 765.658.4270 or studentacademiclife@depauw.edu. We will schedule a time with the appropriate staff member(s) for any individual consultation we are unable to support virtually.

Lost and found items may be turned in or recovered at DePauw Police. To inquire about lost items, please contact DePauw Police at 765.658.5555 or police@depauw.edu in advance. The office is located in the lower level of 101 E. Seminary St.

Additional campus resources for your transition to DePauw

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For additional information, please explore the navigation links on the left-hand side of the page or use the search box function in the upper right-hand side. 

What to do prior to your arrival to campus

Additional School of Music items: placement exams, auditions, and exploration

Specialized Advising + Placement Exams

New Student Orientation Schedule

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Class of 2025 New Student Orientation + Transfer Student Orientation

This will be focused on providing students the opportunity to meet! Whether you are on-campus or learning remotely, we want you to foster connections with your classmates.

Arrival, Mentor + Community Information

Outdoor classromCourse Information + Advising 

This week will be focused on providing students academic information, support, and advising. Students will have the opportunity to meet individually with their First-Year Seminar faculty advisor during New Student Orientation. During these meetings, students will discuss their academic interests and have the opportunity to adjust their schedules.

Students in the School of Music should schedule a meeting with both their Music Advisor and their First-Year Seminar Advisor.

Enter into conversations with your adviser about course planning with an open mind. You never know which class might change your life!

Read how to approach your conversation here


If you have individual questions about your course schedule or graduation requirements, feel welcome to reach out to the staff from the Office of the Registrar. Contact the office to schedule an appointment at 765-658-4141 or e-mail registrarsoffice@depauw.edu.