First Year Experience

The transition from high school to college is both an exciting and overwhelming time, particularly for neurodiverse learners. This is when you will experience many firsts — your first college class, your first roommate, your first time doing your own laundry (hopefully not!). You are now making your own decisions about your day-to-day life, and an important part of that is taking responsibility and accountability for LEP support as you go.


Welcome to Your First Year!

The LEP is here to ease your transition from high school into the DU and LEP communities. As a first-year student, you will start to make decisions on your own about your academics and social life. We're here to help, but it’s up to you to take responsibility and accountability for using the resources provided by the LEP in order to make the best decisions for you!

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What You Should Expect from LEP

The first year of college can be challenging, and the LEP is here to support you through all of your experiences. As a student enrolled in LEP, you can expect to:

  • Attend the LEP Pre-Orientation: FLYTE-OTA
  • Meet weekly with your Academic Counselor
  • Schedule and attend tutoring regularly
  • Engage with your Peer Leader and First Year Cohort every other week
  • Take 12–16 credits your first quarter
  • Spend up to 20 hours outside of class time studying and doing homework

FLYTE-OTA Pre-Orientation Program

Your transition to DU begins with the First Year Experience, On Time Arrival (FLYTE-OTA). FLYTE-OTA starts virtually during summer with online information sessions and access to Digital LEP, and ends just before Fall quarter with a pre-orientation weekend for LEP students and their families.

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First Quarter

See what's coming up in your first quarter with LEP by checking our 10-Week Calendar.

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What LEP Expects From You

The LEP provides students with many resources to help them succeed at DU, but it is up to the student to use those resources. The LEP expects students to:

  • Be open and honest with your Academic Counselor.
  • Learn how to communicate your learning needs with professors: in-person and by email.
  • Use suggested resources within and outside of the LEP if needed.
  • Communicate with your parents about how things are going. Your Academic Counselor can help you create an effective communication plan with your parents or facilitate a conversation between you and your parents during your weekly meeting if that will be helpful, but it’s not the Academic Counselor’s responsibility to inform your parents about your educational progress.


Find Your Community at DU

DU is your new community, so find your people and get involved! You can get involved through the LEP or many other groups, clubs, and organizations on campus.

LEP Social Events

The LEP hosts many on- and off-campus events designed to build community and develop social skills in safe and supportive settings.

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Get Involved at DU

Apart from the LEP, DU offers hundreds of clubs and organizations to keep you involved.

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