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Does your student have an interest in taking a FYAS course? Below, please find answers to frequently asked questions.
What is the First-Year Academic Success Program (FYAS)?
All students at DePaul University are required to demonstrate
competency in math. The level of
competency depends upon the student's major.
The FYAS Program is designed to help students move more quickly through pre-requisite
math, writing and chemistry courses during the summer tuition free so as to increase the likelihood of graduating in four years.
Two Sessions are offered.
Students can participate in one or both sessions.
What are DePaul's math requirements for Bachelor of Arts (BA) majors?
Most Bachelor of Arts
(BA) majors are required to demonstrate competency at the MAT/FYSM 100
(Intro to Quantitative Reasoning) level before enrolling in the first of two
required math courses (Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy I
& II). The “Path To Math” for most BA majors is:
MAT/FYSM 094 (Basic Algebra)
100 (Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning)
120 (Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy I)
121 (Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy II)
What are DePaul's math requirements for Bachelor of Science (BS) majors?
Most Bachelor of Science (BS) majors are required to complete a sequence of Calculus or Discreet math courses, and are required to demonstrate competency at the MAT/FYSM 130 (Pre-Calculus) level before enrolling in any major field courses. The “Path To Math” for most BS majors is:
MAT/FYSM 094 (Basic Algebra)
095 (Introductory Algebra)
101 (Intermediate Algebra)
Additional math courses (See
“Path To Math” to determine which additional math courses are required for each
What are the academic advantages of participating?
FYAS participants are able to begin taking major field
requirements sooner and are automatically enrolled in the next required math
course in their first term. Also,
participants are assigned a Faculty Advisor who will help them during their
first year. Students who sometimes
struggle with math also have tutors available specifically for them.
What are the financial advantages of participating?
Courses are offered free, enabiling students to save financial aid dollars. Students successfully
completing our FYAS courses can begin enrolling in major field requirements
sooner increasing the likelihood of graduating in four years. Bachelor of Science majors may not be able to
use these courses to fulfill requirements if they wait to take these courses
What are the other advantages of participating?
Additional advantages of participating include access to a support resource network (i.e., representatives in DePaul Central, College Office Academic Advisors, small class sizes, etc.), enrollment into the next required math course, and the opportunity to create a community on campus before the start of the academic year.
How is placement determined?
who complete the DePaul Admitted Students Placement tests before July 3rd
will receive a letter if they place into one of our courses.
Is participation in FYAS required?
No. Students electing not to participate in our summer FYAS
program can take the courses in the Autumn Quarter. The courses will be credit bearing and full tuition will be charged.
What does the program cost?
The FYAS Program’s courses are free but students are
expected to purchase the textbooks ($125)
and arrange for transportation to campus. Students
unable to purchase textbooks or CTA transportation should contact FYAS@depaul.edu via email. Requests are reviewed by our
Financial Aid office and students are notified of their approval.
Is attendance required?
Yes. It is expected that students attend each
class meeting; however, students are permitted to miss two classes. Ideally these absences will be used to attend the two-day mandatory New Student Orientation (Premiere DePaul).