It is our responsibility and joy to help you and your family transition to college life.

  • Coordinate orientation and other activities to ease your way during your first year.
  • Advise Phi Eta Sigma (Honor Society) a national honor society for first-year students who display superior academic ability (GPA 3.5 or higher) and performance.
  • Monitor first-year student grades and assist students with finding tutors when needed.

Learn about our fall semester FIrst-Year Student Weekend Excursions and Family Weekend.

If you would like to Schedule a Visit to campus, the university offers a preferred list of hotels at a discounted rate, information on campus tours, events, parking on campus and information on the Pittsburgh area.


The Freshman Mentors Program is a resource where new students are assigned a faculty or staff mentor. First-year students are assigned many supportive University community members including an academic advisor, resident assistant, orientation team leader, faculty advisor and a resident director to name a few. The Freshman Mentor Program provides a unique opportunity for new students to have someone to talk to, to hang out with or to just vent.

Mentors in this program are qualified University employees who are genuinely interested in the welfare of our students and have that added ingredient that makes them particularly accessible. Mentors coordinate study breaks, informal outings and other social events made available to their mentor group. Most importantly, however, they are available to our students in many ways to help them through that first year of college.

Any first-year student who may be interested in being assigned a mentor, please feel free to reach out to us at and we will assign a mentor to you.


Orientation is a great opportunity for incoming first-year and other new students to get to know Duquesne and their classmates. Our week-long orientation program is a great opportunity for new students to get to know our campus and their classmates. Orientation offers parent orientation, as well as transfer student orientation. Every deposited student is automatically registered for orientation.


Duquesne University Leadership Academy (DULA)


The following program description offers a programmatic structure to afford developmental and creative programming for student participants. Moreover, this program was crafted to highlight the University's current community-engagement efforts in target neighborhoods, introduce students to key community leaders and agencies, encourage the personal development of participants, and foster spiritual growth of participants looking to live out their faith by serving others.

The Objective & Goals

To provide a six-day program for Catholic high school students to engage in challenging dialogue, motivating workshops and trainings, as well as community-engaged and social activities designed to enhance academic learning, personal development, faith development, leadership skills, and civic identity development.

Duquesne University Leadership Academy (DULA) seeks each day to foster the following:

  • Engaging with our Local Community
  • Growing in our Faith
  • Building Servant Leaders
  • Building Community with One Another

By participating in this program, students will:

  • Understand contemporary and historical issues that affect Duquesne's key communities;
  • Learn about how Duquesne University faculty, staff, and students reciprocally partner with communities and service agencies to address challenges and opportunities with the goal of building a more just and verdant world;
  • Begin to develop the skill set necessary to constructively engage with diverse stakeholders in order to collaboratively achieve realistic resolutions to community problems;
  • Assess their leadership style and craft a plan to recognize themselves as future change agents within their communities and the world;
  • Nurture the fullest expression of the Gospel call to justice in a way that goes beyond charity or single charitable actions using the see, judge, act model to promote a holistic and systematic approach to peace and justice in our world

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First-Year Advisement Summer Transition (FAST)

As an incoming undergraduate student, you have the opportunity to start transitioning to Duquesne life before you even attend Orientation.

Each school hosts two in-person FAST days on campus, so you can choose which is best for you. A virtual FAST program day is also available.

The FAST Program Will Help You:

  • Meet your academic advisor
  • Learn about health services, financial aid, tuition deferment, safety, security and student activities
  • Get your student ID
  • Set up your student bank account
  • Order or purchase books and computer
  • Connect with future classmates

Still need to complete your Federal Direct Loan application? Want to waive the student health insurance charge? Parents need a copy of your student's eBill?

  • For Parents: obtain access to student's eBill
  • Confirm student's health insurance coverage (to avoid being billed)
  • Complete your Federal Student Loan requirements
  • Complete your Work-Study employment application
  • For Parents: apply for the Parent Loan of Undergraduate Students (PLUS)


Who can participate?
Students who are rising high school juniors interested in exploring their faith through the lens of Catholic spirituality


Interested students can complete an online application.

All applications are due by Monday, April 4, 2022.

All forms are due by Monday, May 2, 2022.
Program costs for DULA total $350. Participants are required to pay a non-refundable $100 deposit to reserve their place. The remaining $250 is due by May 2, 2022. Those accepted to the program will receive a detailed email that provides payment instructions. If the $350 fee presents a hardship, please email
All payments are due by Monday, May 9, 2022.
Notifications will be sent to all applicants no later than Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
All participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from campus.
Yes, DULA trains and employs Duquesne undergraduate students who serve as mentors. Residence halls are supervised by Duquesne's residence life staff. There also will be adult supervision provided through the University's various centers and departments.
Parents can contact Dr. Adam Wasilko, Dean of Students & Assistant Vice President for Student Life, at or (412) 396-6657.
Yes, all participants will be assigned a roommate by program staff.

First-Year Development

Phone: (412) 396-6657

Adam Wasilko

Assistant Vice President, Student Involvement

Ashley Kane

Assistant Director of Freshman Development & Student Programming

Mari Jean Kocinski

Administrative Assistant

Maddie Gormley

Graduate Assistant