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Senior Year Success Plan

​​The recommendations on this page gives you as a senior year student advice on how to stay on track to earn your degree, gain important skills, and plan for the future. 

Questions? Email Academic Continuity and Engagement at

Academic Resources

Some things you should do as a senior year student:

  • Continue to check your graduation requirements for major and minor in the Academic Catalog and track your progress using the Degree Progress Report
  • Meet with an advisor to ensure you’re set to graduate on-time 
  • Learn how to apply for graduation and reserve your cap and gown (optional) for commencement 
  • Maintain at at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Meet with your instructors during office hours, and take your favorite professor to lunch
  • Identify faculty and staff to ask to write letters of recommendation or serve as references 
Resource How to use it
Your Advisor
Meet quarterly about course plans, timelines, and on-time graduation.
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

Ensure you’re ready for a competitive job market or further studies. 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 C​lub 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
It is not too late to study abroad! Contact the Study Abroad office and your advisor to know what options you have​.

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 for 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.