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We welcome new student parents, guardians, and family to the DePauw community!

Parent & Family Guide | Class of 2025

Dear Parents and Guardians of Incoming DePauw University Students:

Welcome to the first of several e-newsletters that we will send you this summer. We have prepared a Parent & Family webpage and guidebook. We hope that you will find this information useful as you help your student prepare for life at DePauw.

Preparing to come to college is a significant life transition for your student – and for you, too.  Over the years, when families have asked what advice I can offer as they prepare to send their students to college, I usually suggest that they use the next few months to continue helping your student develop independence and ownership as they prepare for the academic year.

We will regularly send important information to your student throughout the summer, primarily through their DePauw email account and their portal in e-Services. Please encourage your student to check these weekly, particularly as we will ask them to work through a Summer Online Orientation throughout the summer that contains time-sensitive tasks that they must complete. We also will post information that both you and your student may find helpful on the First-Year Experience website.

Additionally, we will be providing virtual sessions that provide students support and guidance on the Summer Online Orientation checklist items. Students can register for them at the Admissions Events website. Please encourage them to participate as these will help them complete these items.

We are eager to begin developing a relationship with your student and look forward to hearing directly from them over the summer. Please encourage them to reach out to us with questions.

All the best,

JC Lopez

Associate Dean of Experiential Learning & Director of First-Year Programs


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Parent & Family Checklists

On the Summer Online Orientation webpage, you will find items that your student should have already completed or will be completing.

Items that students should start:

Housing Application

Student ID

Student Billing and CASHNET

Proof of insurance or purchase university insurance (please visit www.eiia.org/institution/depauw-university for additional information)

Student Immunization Records (please visit www.medproctor.com for additional information)

Language requirement and placement 

Items for students to complete:

First-year course preferences and requests

First-year seminar preferences

Group advising and graduation requirements

School of Music ensemble and auditions

Parking services and passes

Student laptops and software

Online diversity and inclusion modules

Online alcohol and sexual assault prevention modules

Academic, housing, or dietary accommodations

Items for students to complete During New Student Orientation:

First-year individual advising sessions

First-year seminar faculty advising

First-year mentor group meetings

Calculus placement exam

Computer Science placement for CSC 121 and CSC 122

Student Well-Being modules

Academic Life

Studying at DePauw is an opportunity to examine subjects students are passionate about and explore new paths and possibilities they have never considered.

The curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts is relatively flexible as students get started at DePauw, although students with specific interests in the sciences should start taking courses in these areas sooner rather than later. First-year students generally take four full-credit courses, 

Office of the Registrar
P: 765-658-4141
E: registrarsoffice@depauw.edu

Office of the Registrar

Student Academic Life

Student Academic Life fulfills the University mission by advocating for the development of the whole person through partnerships that provide educational experiences to empower and support all students.

Student Academic Life
P: 765-658-4270
E: studentacademiclife@depauw.edu

Student Academic Life


Information and resources for students and parents concerning various finance and administrative services are available to answer any questions you or your student may have.