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

The First-Year Experience offers the following courses, programs, and resources:

World View Seminar I
World View Seminars are a series of four courses that span a student’s time at the University. In these courses, students and faculty together explore topics and paradigms that have been essential to our own and other cultures. We seek answers to crucial questions about the shape of our lives, our vocations, our values, and our religious faith. In all the World View Seminars, the readings and discussions, while wide-ranging, will be framed within the context of the University’s Presbyterian heritage and guided by this identity. The World View Seminars lay the important foundations for academic excellence and Christian community that are integral to the University’s Mission.

In World View Seminar I, an interdisciplinary seminar, students and faculty explore various perspectives on a life of purpose, encounter a Christian perspective on a life of purpose, and develop a personal perspective on a life of purpose. Students register for WorldView Seminar I: A life of Purpose during their first year at the University.

Students completing World Veiw Seminar I will:

  1. Identfy the crucial questions that define the search for a life of purpose.
  2. Describe a Christian response to defining a life of purpose.
  3. Develop personal strengths for a life of purpose.
  4. Create a plan for pursing purpose in a college experience.

World View Seminar II
Students take World View Seminar II: Self and Society after completion of WVS I. In this interdisciplinary experiential learning format, students and faculty address significant issues that challenge contemporary American culture. We analyze these issues and discuss how our values and faith shape our responses to them. This course focuses on the themes of citizenship, social values and vocation.

Students completing World View Seminar II will:

  1. Reflect on ideas of self, society, and what it means to be a global citizen.
  2. Analyze how faith and values inform responses to global issues.
  3. Engage in service that contributes to the welfare of communities and individuals.
  4. Synthesize concepts of an emerging vocation, a life of purpose, and the needs of the world.

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 and highly encouraged for transfer and non-traditional students. For more information about New Student Orientation, please click here.

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! If you're looking for some online resources, check them out here

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