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welcome to du!
Congratulations—You're Officially a Pioneer!
Now that you have made this big decision, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make a smooth transition. We encourage you to regularly check out the admitted students tab on webCentral as well as a website that was specifically designed with you in mind: www.du.edu/newundergraduates. It includes particulars on many of the items you’re curious about, and it will answer many of the questions your parents may still have as well.
You have a lot going on, and we know you’re busy. We also know you’re anxious to get the ball rolling with all things DU-related, so we are going to send you some updates via e-newsletter each month throughout the summer until you arrive on campus. Features will include action items you need to complete and fun tidbits about life at DU – we will also speak to some of the amazing opportunities that our current students are taking advantage of.
We hope that you are as excited to be on campus in September as we are to see you start your journey with us. The next four years will be an exhilarating time in your life—you will not only form new relationships and be challenged academically, but you will also be asked to think more critically and creatively about your role as a global citizen. This time will help transform you into the individuals you are meant to become. We couldn’t be happier or more proud that you’ve chosen to spend it at the University of Denver!
Academic commons - progress report
The Academic Commons at Penrose Library construction project has progressed from demolition to building and is on schedule with an expected opening in winter 2013! The new facility, in the central campus location where Penrose Library was built in 1972, will essentially have a similar acre-size footprint as the original library, with a 20-foot extension on the south side being the only new space spanning all three floors.
Read more, and watch a video on how books are delivered from our storage facility to the DU campus, on our blog!
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DU STUDENT PROFILE
Class of 2012
Senior Amelia Newport, history and English major, is an ardent scholar of Colorado history. Her research on Colorado's statehood and its connection to the Presidential election of 1876 earned her a spot to present her work in April at the annual conference of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, DC. View Amelia's profile (PDF).
DU will be hosting the first presidential debate on campus on Oct. 3, 2012! We are very excited and honored to have been chosen to host such a prestigious event, and there are many events leading up to the debate that we would like to share with you. DU students are the only members of our community who will have the opportunity to attend the debate, so visit our Debate 2012 website for the most up-to-date information—and make sure to watch in October!
Video: the kinetix
The Kinetix is a band made up of former DU students. You can view their performance at last year’s TEDxDU—they brought down the house!
The campus bookstore offers textbook options to students—including used books, rentals and digital books.
coors fitness center
This summer, all incoming students are invited to join the Coors Fitness Center for the discounted rate of $40 (Gold Access) or $25 (Crimson Access) per month. Not getting to Denver until this fall? All full-time DU students receive free access to the Coors Fitness Center during academic quarters. For additional information, please visit recreation.du.edu.
How do I sign up for Housing on campus? How are roommates chosen?
The first concern that always comes up when I start to talk about incoming students about housing is the roommate situation. How are roommates chosen? Can I choose my own roommate? What if I don't like my roommate? Maybe it is just because of the great experience I had, but I think DU is doing something right when they match up roommates. I am still good friends with my first year roommate, and we did not have any problems throughout the year. The probable reason? When we filled out the housing survey, we were both very honest with ourselves. The survey is only six questions, with things like "Are you a morning person, or a night owl?" Take your time on this survey! It is a huge help to everyone involved.
Read more about Housing and roommate selection in our ‘Ask DU’ blog.