At the heart of DePaul’s freshman experience is the First-Year Program, which includes the Chicago Quarter, the Focal Point Seminar, and courses in quantitative reasoning, technological literacy and writing. The Chicago Quarter comprises Discover Chicago and Explore Chicago, experiential learning courses that bring students into conversation with a faculty member, a staff professional and a peer mentor to examine diverse topics stemming from a single Chicago-related theme. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, Discover Chicago has encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone to explore the city’s geographic and cultural landscape beyond the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses.