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Junior Year Success Plan

​The Junior Year Success Plan can help you navigate the wealth of resources at DePaul in support of your continued success as a third-year student. Review the action items below and identify your next steps as a junior.

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Academic Resources

Some things you should do as a junior year student:

  • Meet with your academic advisor quarterly to ensure you're on track to graduate on-time. Advisors can help you find degree requirements, plan your course schedule, and more.
  • Develop a plan for earning experiential learning credit.
  • Continue checking your graduation requirements for your major/minor in the Academic Catalog.
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Meet with your instructors during office hours. Take a favorite professor to lunch.
Resource How to use it
Your Advisor
Meet quarterly about course plans, timelines, and questions about your major or minor.
Student Success
You are here! Web resource for tutoring, mentoring, tips and more to help you succeed at DePaul.
Writing Center

Get feedback on your writing, no matter what stage of the writing process you're in. 
Career Center
Connect with a career advisor. Participate in a career fair. Join a career community to explore interests with like-minded peers. The Career Center offers these resources and much more.

Career Preparation

The job market is competitive: Now is the time to start preparing for your career after DePaul. The Career Center is the one-stop shop for on campus job experiences, practice interviews, alumni networking and workshops.

Resource How to use it
Career Advisor
Start making plans for post-graduation, including graduate school or employment.
Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK)
Schedule an informational interview with an alumnus working in your field of interest. 
Student Employment
Pursue student employment and internships to gain valuable and relevant skills for your future career. 
DePaul Handshake Handshake is DePaul’s career platform. Find jobs or internships, meet with a career advisor, and more.  

Practice an interview with the Career Center​.

Engage with DePaul and Beyond

Are you engaged with any campus groups? Connect with your fellow students by joining a group. Looking to get more involved? Take on a leadership role to help your organization learn and grow.

The Office of Student Involvement is the hub for extracurricular engagement. Questions? Email them at

Resource How to use it
DeHub is DePaul’s online student organization management and events list tool. Visit today to learn about our over 350 student organizations and upcoming events.
Identity-specific Cultural and Resource Centers
Cultural resource centers for Latinx, Black, Asian Pacific Islander, and LGBTQIA students.​
Intramural and Club Sports
You didn’t make the team, but you still love the sport? Learn about joining an intramural or club sport.
Division of Mission and Ministry
DePaul offers a range of community service opportunities and ways to deepen your religious and spiritual life.
Study Abroad
Junior year is a great year to study abroad, whether on a short-term or long-term trip.

Financial Management

It’s no secret that college is expensive. The following resources can assist you with the financial side of earning your degree.

Resource How to use it
Apply fo​r the FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA on time each academic year in order to maximize aid. Meet with a DePaul Central Advisor to understand your financial aid package.
DePaul Scholarship Connect
Continuing students can apply for institutional and donor-funded scholarships through DePaul Scholarship Connect.
Financial Fitness
Meet with an advisor from Financial Fitness for help making a budget, establishing credit, and paying for school.


College is about growth and self-discovery: identifying your values, building your talents, and developing plans for a future that are purposeful and rewarding. The following resources can assist you on this journey.

Resource How to use it
DeHub Events
Attend a  workshop from Health Promotion and Wellness to master skills like stress management. 
Make 3 to 5 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals for yourself and work toward meeting them.
Mentorship Opportunities
You have had both time and experience at DePaul. Consider becoming a mentor to other students.