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Custom-designed programs help freshmen transition through the demands of college life.

Freshman Development

For many new college students, freshman year can be an exciting and daunting experience. The Office of Freshman Development is ready to help freshmen and their families transition to college life.

  • Coordinate Orientation and other activities to ease your way during your freshman year.
  • Advise Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society) a national honor society for freshman students who display superior academic ability (GPA 3.5 or higher) and performance.
  • Monitor freshman grades and assists freshmen with finding tutors when needed.
  • Assist all University students with documented disabilities through our Disability Services.

Learn about our fall semester Freshmen Weekend Excursions and Family Weekend.

Schedule a Visit
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.
Freshman Mentors Program

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. The 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 freshman student who may be interested in being assigned a mentor, please feel free to reach out to us at freshmandev@duq.edu and we will assign a mentor to you.


Freshman Orientation

Orientation is a great opportunity for incoming freshmen 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. 

Disability Services

The Disability Services office provides services to the diverse student body which includes people of all abilities and disabilities.  The office provides accommodations to help you through your academic courses and extracurricular activities.