Summer Opportunities for New Students

NEW opportunity for incoming freshmen and transfer students this summer! You can start your Duquesne experience early with reduced tuition and complimentary housing!

Get a head start

There are a few options to start this summer and get to know your way around the University and downtown, including checking out some of the nearby summer festivals and markets!

Summer classes with extra support

One early start option is the five-week residential summer start program with the Gussin Spiritan Division (GSD), which begins on June 27. This program offers more support for new students with a planned class schedule and activities. Several fun activities are woven into the schedule such as the Pirates MLB game, Kennywood Amusement Park and bowling. There are two ways to participate in this program - be accepted into the year-long GSD program or take the program as a non-GSD student just for the summer start. If you are looking for a little extra support for your summer start the GSD summer start is for you!

These summer courses offer the opportunity to improve writing skills, techniques for better time management, note-taking, test preparation and test-taking:

  • Writing and Analysis (3 cr.)
  • Writing and Analysis Seminar & Writing Clinic
  • Research and Information Skills (1 cr.)
  • Research and Information Skills Lab
  • Strategies for Academic Success (1 cr.)
  • Introduction to University Success (1 cr.)

A specially priced program that includes tuition

This program is priced at a significantly reduced rate of $3,294, which includes six credits (normally $1,388/credit!), housing, a meal plan and books ($250)

Register for summer start with GSD program

Summer classes with flexibility 

You can take a class, or classes, on campus! Focus on one topic, ease your schedule for fall, fulfill a requirement to plan for study abroad - there are many benefits to a summer start! Summer classes will be in an online or HyFlex format, allowing for alternating in-classroom and remote classes. There are 13 summer sessions, 3 to 12 weeks, starting in May and June. 

There are also special opportunities for online one-credit classes, including Research and Information Skills, at a special rate of $650 for the class (already discounted, not part of the 12+ credits at a discounted tuition).

View Summer UG CoursesSummer Core Courses or browse real-time, available course offerings using the Self-Service Banner BROWSE CLASSES.

New international students can pursue this opportunity if taking courses toward their degree curriculum. ESL courses excluded.

Reduced tuition opportunity with 12 credits

All new 2021 freshmen pay the part-time tuition rate for summer. If you take a minimum of 12 credits (four, 3-credit courses), you can get 50% off the tuition rate that runs through summer 2021.

Live on campus at no cost for housing

While you're taking classes, you can live in campus housing at no charge, just pay for the meal plan.

Get started this summer!

Contact admissions if you have any questions at or 412.396.6222.