A Message From the Office of Student Life

Welcome to the University of Dubuque! 

The staff in the Student Life Department are committed to working in partnership with all students to ensure that your college experience is both rewarding and positive. The University strives to provide a learning environment that is supportive yet challenging, and we ask each and every one of you to become productive, responsible, and engaged members of this community. The University of Dubuque has a host of resources available to help you reach your educational and personal goals, but in order for this partnership to work, we need you to ask for help and seek us out when you are in need.

The Office of Student Life will be:
  • Reasonably accessible to all students
  • Open and inviting
  • Responsive to student concerns
  • Fair and compassionate, while holding students accountable to the UD Mission and Student Success Commitment.

Within the Student Life Department, we operate with two interactive offices: Student Formation and Student Engagement & Services. Student Formation (including Residence Life) is located on the second floor of Peters Commons, just above the Jack & Barbara Smeltzer Cafeteria, while Student Engagement & Services is located on the third floor of the Heritage Center in the Susan McGill Smith Suite. To learn more about the many services offered through the Student Life Department, please stop in or check out any of the Student Life offices on the UD portal.

We wish you great success at the University of Dubuque.

Student Life Deans

Mike Durnin

Mike DurninDean of Student Formation

Phone: 563.589.3270 Department: Student Life Office: Peters Commons, Second Floor


MA, Minnesota State University - Mankato; BS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

Nelson Edmonds

Nelson EdmondsDean of Student Engagement and Services

Phone: 563.589.3867 Department: Student Life Office: 306C Heritage Center


MS, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater; BS, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.