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Future Forward: First Year Career Accelerator

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Build your community. Develop your skills. Apply for Future Forward. 

Are you ready to jumpstart your college and career journey? Explore Future Forward at DePaul University. This innovative year-long program for first-year students engages you in meaningful career exploration, connects you with fellow DePaul students, and helps you build essential skills like professionalism, communication, and networking.

Future Forward’s unique program structure combines online modules, peer-to-peer community building, and interactive experiences. It’s designed to be flexible - and fun! You learn at your own pace as you complete activities and achieve milestones along the way.

As a Future Forward participant, you will:

  • Learn about yourself and potential career paths as you complete a set of self-guided career exploration modules that include topics like skills and strengths, resumes, creating connections, professionalism, and internships
  • Make new friends as you connect with a community of other Future Forward learners
  • Receive ongoing support, feedback and communication from the Career Center 
  • Participate in engaging career events and career experiences
  • Receive a $3,000 total tuition grant that will be applied to your second year tuition (disbursed $1000/quarter) when you successfully complete the program
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Future Forward prepares you for your next step. You’ll wrap up your first year of college ahead of the competition, and prepped with job search strategies, a polished resume, and an understanding of transferable skills, professionalism, personal branding and networking. 

To be eligible for the program, students must have applied for admission by the November 15 early application deadline. Award recipients will be notified via email in February. Questions? Please contact the Office of Admission at (312) 362-8000 or

Ready to apply? Apply now here!​

Did you receive an offer to join Future Forward?  
We're excited to have you participate! Keep a close eye on your email address. This is how we will communicate all program information and updates beginning in early August. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at