Students eating lunch
Social and cultural activities encourage community among cohort students.

Summer Semester Experience

Get a head start.

The Gussin Spiritan Division's (GSD) dynamic summer semester is a mandatory 5-week, residential session that runs form late June until the end of July. This first-year program creates community and builds the skills students need to be academically successful. Before the fall semester even begins, students will:

  • Get a head start on their college experience
  • Earn six credits by taking GSD and Core University classes
  • Get to know Duquesne faculty
  • Become familiar with campus and downtown Pittsburgh
  • Make friends and get community support...even before school starts!

These GSD and Core University courses help students develop college level writing, reading, problem-solving, decision-making and computing skills, as well as learn techniques for better time management, note-taking, test preparation and test-taking:

  • Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (English 101)
  • Introduction to University Success
  • Strategies for Academic Success
  • Research and Information Skills