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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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FYRE (First Year Residence Experience)

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FYRE is a first-year tradition at DSU. It's the signature experience we offer to everyone living in residence halls. FYRE programs emphasize skills in self awareness, citizenship, interdependence, and critical thinking. There’s no better way to kick off your college career.

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Led by residence life staff and upper-class students who have been where you are, FYRE events provide guidance on navigating your first year. We focus on the challenges freshmen often experience when transitioning to college, and help you crush every one.

In college and in life, having a strong network of support is so important. Whether you come from out of state or are a Madison local, our FYRE halls create a sense of community where each person feels at home. Floor programs and traditions help you connect with each other and form friendships that will extend long past their first year at DSU.

As a student in a FYRE community, you'll:

  • Live in and promote inclusive environments that celebrate the individual identities and perspectives of all
  • Value freedom of expression and respect everyone regardless of gender, sex, race, ethnicity, age, ability, or sexual orientation
  • Prepare for the academic, social, personal, and community expectations that university and post-university settings demand
  • Develop your own personal identities, values, and goals
  • Establish communities and networks of support
  • Foster a safe and secure experience in the residence halls