The Gussin Spiritan Division student should have completed at least 33 credits by the end of the freshman year, including:
- A mandatory five-week summer semester
- A selection of courses from the University Core Curriculum, i.e., courses that all Duquesne students must complete.
- Division curriculum requirements, i.e., courses that the Division student must complete before transferring to the College or one of the schools.
The Division curriculum includes a field experience course that satisfies the University service learning requirement and brings Division students face to face with local elementary, middle, and high school youngsters.