Registration is open for DU Homecoming & Family Weekend

Return to campus this fall and reconnect with your DU family.
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Schedule and registration

The Parents Association at the University of Denver would like to extend a special invitation to our DU parent community for these events taking place in Margery Reed Hall on the DU campus, Friday October 16th. These are free events open to the public.

DU History in Pictures

This presentation is based on University Historian Steve Fisher’s book, which is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. You will have the opportunity to view fascinating glimpses into the history of DU and the environs, most notably the University Park neighborhood and former town of South Denver.

Magnetic Networking: Teaching Your Student to Build a Professional Community

“It’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Despite major changes in the workforce, networking has remained a powerful, constant force for securing employment, promotion and advancement and navigating organizational politics.  While most of us understand the importance of networking, to many, networking can feel shallow and transactional.  In addition, some view networking as an extrovert-only skill or an inheritance over which we have limited control.  Join us at this networking workshop to update your networking skills and learn strategies you can share to help your student make a strong first impression with key professionals.


You can still be involved in your student’s time at DU. Come and meet your DU Parents Council and see what we can do for you.

Starting a Business After DU

Nathan Michaels (MBA ’12) and Keenan Alexander (IMBA ’12) are graduates of the Daniels College of Business who will talk about their experiences at the University of Denver and developing their business, K&N Storage Company.

Studying Abroad & the Cherrington Global Scholars Initiative

Studying abroad is an increasingly important addition to an undergraduate education. Join us for this session to learn about preparing for this exciting opportunity for your students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For mailing items to Denver before move-in

DU does not store items for students and doesn’t accept packages at residence halls before new student move-in day, September 6th. Some families will ship a box to the hotel where they are staying during Parent & Family Orientation. This makes travel a little easier, especially when you are flying and don’t want the extra baggage fees. Another option is to ship items to a nearby FedEx Center at 1440 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver CO 80222. Hours on Sundays are 9am-9pm. Move-in for first year students begins at 8:00am for students who have been assigned an odd-numbered room, and 10:30am for students who have been assigned an even-numbered room. Since the FedEx Center doesn’t open until 9am, you may be picking up your shipped items after the initial move-in to your student’s room. Also, keep in mind that there are other companies in the area that you could probably find by using Google or Bing. We don’t have a relationship with the FedEx center – I mention it here because it’s the one that got a great review by another DU parent. If you want to use this service, visit their site at

Parent & Family Orientation schedule is at the bottom of this page

Payment plans with the Office of the Bursar

Tuition Billing

Students receive tuition bills by email. Most parents want the tuition bill emailed directly to them, but as our students are now adults, they make decisions about who sees their financial information. Lucky for us, DU has made this easy. Ask your student to add your email address to “ecoBill Account Management” which is found on the “Student” tab on PioneerWeb.

DU Health & Counseling Center websites

Immunization forms, parental consent, study abroad forms

Health Insurance Plan waiver

Pioneer ID card website

Cashier Services – cashing a check on campus


Laptop computer requirements:

Anti-virus software:

FAQ about Housing

K&N Storage

To store belongings for summer, a quarter abroad, during winter break, or if you just want something out of the way for a while like skis and snow tires. This company is owned by DU alums. They offer free pick-up and delivery, and a DU student discount on monthly rates. They will store large items individually, or several boxes, and you are only charged for the amount of space your items will use.

Recommended Books on Parenting College Students

Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money (this is a link to purchase the book on Amazon)

A straightforward and practical book that uses humorous and helpful case examples.

The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age (this is also a link to Amazon)

Written by DU professor Lynn Schofield Clark, who will also be our Keynote Speaker during Parent & Family Orientation on Tuesday, Sept 8th. This book details effective strategies for coping with the dilemmas of digital and mobile media in modern life.

DU Parent & Family Relations website

Information about the DU Parents Association, hotels in the area with DU rates, Important academic dates for the 2015-2016 year, and many other resources may be found on

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Success by Internship

by Hunter West ’14

It is not uncommon for students entering college to find themselves stricken with one of two afflictions: being disinterested in every subject, or being interested in too many subjects. I, myself, was plagued with the latter (and lesser) malady. While being interested in several fields of study certainly made school entertaining, it made choosing a career path agonizing. I was interested in everything from studying molecular bonds, to writing algorithms in code, to dissecting ancient Egyptian literature in it’s native symbols. For a lot of students, practicality (read: remuneration) would eliminate several of the less sensible options, but I had sworn to myself that, when it came to my future career, I would not compromise my happiness for the sake of pragmatism.

So where did that leave me? I was interested in everything, but not in anything. Taking classes hurt more than it helped – my interests grew tirelessly and left me with enough career choices to make your head spin. So, I ran back to the one subject that I felt comfortable with – that I knew I would never tire of and that never ceased to make me happy: History. Well, that certainly solved my problem, I thought; I’m not certain that I could have chosen a more restrictive career path if I had tried, and as mentioned previously, I was on the fast track to being a professor.

But having what I thought would be my career laid out before me still did not restrict my interests – I thought I knew what I would do for a living, but I still wanted to explore other areas academically. That was when I discovered GIS, or Geographic Information Science. A professor of mine with whom I had a good relationship had approached me and introduced me to this new discipline – a place where geography and technology, two of my favorite fields, intersect and compliment each other. I began taking all of the classes that I could, and although I was highly interested, it did not at first strike me as something I would enjoy as much as my history studies. I was wrong.

I had a sit down with a family friend over a meal where I discussed with him my studies and my career goals. He gave me the familiar lecture about being a professor: how exclusive it was, how non-lucrative it was, and all of the other criticisms that I had grown accustomed to hearing. I sat through it, but I really didn’t care – teaching history made me happy and I wanted to do something that I could be excited for every morning. He’s an astute guy, and he knew he wasn’t getting through to me, so he made a simple suggestion – “Hey, you said that you like GIS,” he said to me, “why don’t you just do an internship?” I hadn’t thought about that – why would I intern in a field that I wasn’t going to do professionally? Well, it certainly couldn’t hurt, right? I had missed the deadline for history internships, but there were still GIS internships that I could pursue independently, so I applied to several companies and awaited a response.

The rest is, as they say, history. I was hired as a Sales Engineer intern at a GIS software company January of my senior year. I was expecting to get some workplace experience, get some course credit, and get another line on my resume. I did not get what I was expecting; instead, I fell in love. I started looking forward to the days that I interned more than the days I had class. I passed my time at work creating maps to be used as demonstration collateral, learning about technology and working with an account team, and even giving presentations to clients and business partners. I was, in effect, teaching. My dad was a career salesman for most of his life and I had always avoided it because it never seemed interesting to me, but now that I was immersed in it I saw just how dynamic and interesting it could be. Moreover I saw how I could infuse my passion for the field of GIS with my new role as a Sales Engineer, and the result was something I was excited about.

In the end, I did not compromise. I liked my internship so much that I extended it out full time over the summer, and by the end of summer I wanted to continue doing what I was doing professionally more than I wanted to be a history professor. This internship had given me a perspective on career opportunities that I had never even considered previously. It exposed me to a dimension of professional life that is absolutely impossible to see from your chair in the classroom. And most importantly, it had shown me that something you like to do in school can be something you love to do in the office, and vice versa. On top of all that, I had my choice of job offers by the end of summer, and I strongly suspect that having that internship on my resume was a huge help.

So if you take one thing from my story, make it this: encourage your student to pursue an internship. Encourage them to pursue several internships. After all, it couldn’t hurt, right?

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What a difference those four years make

By Connie Williams (parent of Sarah Foote ’15)

It has been nearly four years since we helped her move into Centennial Halls. And, when I say the oft-repeated cliché “it seems like yesterday”…. well, it does.

Our daughter chose the University of Denver even though she really knew no one coming here from her high school in Connecticut. She was looking for a different kind of experience – academics and career preparation, yes, but also something that was distinctive — outdoorsy, friendly, adventurous, different. Doing something she hadn’t done before without the safety net of familiar peers. Yet when we left her at the residence hall with that doe-eyed look of ‘now what do I do?’, we weren’t so sure.

At orientation, we heard Helen Johnson, author of the parenting guidebook “Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money” speak on the college transition with some fairly scary advice for parents: mostly let them guide themselves and be available as a mentor. Don’t try to solve their problems for them. This is a time for learning, encountering challenges and overcoming them. And if a little failure comes along with that, let it happen – because that is where wisdom and growth can emerge. That kind of parenting, after seeing them through the trials and tribulations of high school, can seem daunting and scary. “Are you sure that doesn’t qualify as child abandonment?” said the little voice in my head. But we tried our best to give her the gift of letting her work her way through the trials, knowing we were always a phone call (or more accurately a text) away.

Fast forward to today, we are making plans for graduation parties and get-togethers.  Those awkward freshman uncertainties, roommate challenges and feelings of friend-less-ness are long gone. She found her place, her field of study and her group. Now, self directed, confident and responsible, she looks ready to take on the world!!

With the help of professors, advisors and staff, plus roommates and club sports teammates, these four years have brought forth a transformation. Career services helped point toward internships and summer job opportunities and the Study Abroad program was another high point. During this time, DU has made the transition to a new chancellor and celebrated a big anniversary. Yet the system provided consistency and continuity. As the last trimester winds down and the job search heats up, the students are almost too busy to reflect on the experience just yet. But as we wrote that last tuition check, we agree that, as parents, it has been a wonderful ride. DU has been a splendid place for her growth and development. And it really does seem like it was just yesterday that the journey began.

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Supporting your student at the end of the quarter

Happy Spring!

University Parent recently shared an article you may find interesting. Here is a small excerpt:

A friend who is a recent graduate reminded me that, despite the beauty and exhilaration of the season, the stretch between spring break and the end of second semester can be the most tiring and stressful time of the entire year. Here are strategies for supporting your student academically and personally. Read more

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Helping your DU student manage stress

As we close out week 5 of the spring quarter here at DU, students are beginning to experience some pressure: completing mid-terms, developing their writing, preparing for presentations, let alone taking care of everything else needed to manage their lives.

We as parents are here for them as confidant and coach, but what else can we do from a distance? Listen. Sometimes that is everything they need from us.

Here is a good article from University Parent Magazine about managing stress. More articles and resources for parents of DU students can be found on the Tips for Parents page.

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Article on College Internships

Say you’re the parent of a college freshman. You’ve heard internships can deliver real-world experience and increase your student’s odds of landing a good job in the competitive post-college marketplace. Read more

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