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:

Spartan Start
Spartan Start 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.

Spartan Start for Transfer Students
Transfer and non-traditional students have different needs than first-year students. With that in mind, a specially designed program helps students begin to develop relationships and get acquainted with many valuable resources and services available on campus. 

Questions? Contact us!

Office of First Year Experience