First-Year Chapel

All DBU students attend weekly chapel services on Monday and Wednesday mornings. However, Fridays are reserved for First-Year Chapel—a chapel service tailored specifically to meet the needs of the first-year class.

This exclusive chapel experience of worship and teaching helps students bond together, worship, and also gain valuable information they need to know about life as a DBU First-Year student. 

Foundations for Excellence

All freshmen and transfer students transferring in less than 30 hours take the Foundations for Excellence course during their first semester at DBU. Foundations professors serve as mentors that coach students through their first-year experience and prepare them for the realities, challenges, and opportunities that they will face throughout college and beyond. Students receive relevant advice on understanding their unique learning style and their time management and study skills, as well as encouragement for their spiritual growth.

Developing a Christian Mind (DCM)

This course challenges first-year students to think critically, to deepen their own faith and beliefs, and to appreciate why they believe something to be true. DCM encourages students to recognize and understand how they view and interact with the world around them. Students also have the opportunity to explore what gifts and talents the Lord has given them. The goal of the course is to have a better understanding of where God is calling them for the future. Generally, students take DCM during the second semester of their freshmen year or the first semester of their sophomore year.