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For Parents

Does your student have an interest in taking a FYAS course? Below, please find answers to frequently asked questions. 

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 prerequisite 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, and students can participate in one or both sessions.

FYAS participants are able to begin taking requirements for their sooner and are automatically enrolled in the next required math course in their first term.  Also, participants are assigned a FYAS Advisor who is available to support them throughout their first year.  Students who might struggle with math also have Supplemental Instruction support from peers and tutors available specifically for them.

FYAS courses are tuition-free, though there are costs associated with the program. Students are required to purchase an online learning software (the course text) and arrange for transportation to/from campus. Financial assistance is available to purchase the online learning software and/or CTA transportation. Contact fyas@depaul.edu for more information. Requests are reviewed by our Financial Aid office and students are notified of their approval.

 

 
Students save tuition and financial aid dollars by completing courses over summer, tuition-free and after successful completion of a FYAS course, they 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 same courses to fulfill degree requirements if they wait to take these courses for credit.
 

In addition to enhancing skills in math, writing, and chemistry, FYAS students are supported during their transition to college and throughout their first-year at DePaul by a dedicated FYAS advisor and are introduced to campus support resources and offices. FYAS students also start building their DePaul support network and making connections with classmates, professors and staff, prior to the start of the fall quarter.

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)      

MAT/FYSM 100 (Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning)      

LSP 120 (Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy  I)        

 

Most Bachelor of Science (BS) majors are required to complete a sequence of Calculus or Discrete 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)     

MAT/FYSM 095 (Introductory Algebra)        

MAT/FYSM 101 (Intermediate Algebra)  

MAT/FYSM 130 (Precalculus)        

Additional math courses (See Path To Math to determine which additional math courses are required for each major).

Participation is not required. 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.

Yes. It is expected that students attend each class meeting; however, students are permitted to miss two classes. Ideally, one absence will be used to attend one day of the two-day mandatory New Student Orientation (Premiere DePaul).

Tutoring is available to students during both Summer Sessions and Winter Intersession. A schedule is provided closer to the start of the quarter.

Students who complete the DePaul Placement Assessment tests before July 3rd will receive an invitation to participate through email if they place into a FYAS course.

 

Registration for FYAS classes begins with the Preference Form. The Preference Form for Summer 2021 will be available April 1st. Don't wait to register! Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis and classes do fill up quickly. You can let us know that you’re interested before April 1st by filling out this Interest Survey

Generally speaking, students can expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week on homework and studying.

Yes, but it is advisable to work part-time.

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