First-Year Experience

Welcome to the University of Dubuque! This is an exciting time as you transition to University life. As a new student, you will be meeting new people, learning new things, and having new experiences. The many programs and activities offered within the First-Year Experience will help you toward a successful experience at the University of Dubuque.

First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience department seeks to help students to:

1) Create Community

  • Build personal relationships
  • Practice civility
  • Establish connections

2) Develop Autonomy

  • Acquire effective life skills
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Serve others

3) Explore Vocation

  • Discover personal strengths
  • Consider life's purpose
  • Investigate career options

4) Demonstrate Academic Progress

  • Develop habits of a successful college student
  • Establish a plan to successfully complete college
  • Achieve required minimum GPA

Learn more about programs for new students:

New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation aims to help all incoming students meet new friends, begin to develop relationships with faculty and staff, and become acquainted with the many valuable resources and services available on campus. New Student Orientation programming is required for all first year students.

Transfer and Non-Traditional Student Orientation
Transfer and non-traditional students have different needs than first year students. WIth that in mind, a special one-day orientation program helps students begin to develop relationships and get acquainted with many valuable resources and services available on campus. 

Student Resources
Coming to college can be overwhelming! First-Year Experience pulls together many of the resources and pieces of information that you're looking for to help you start your college journey with success! 

Parent Resources
Sending a son or daughter off to college can be daunting for mom or dad, too! If you're a parent or family member looking for resources, look no further. 


Questions? Contact us!

Office of First Year Experience