New Student Information
Welcome to the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware!
We know you are looking forward to starting this new adventure and we’re looking forward to helping you along the way. Your decision to attend UD is an important one. It is important for you to know that UD is committed to providing you with the tools and resources needed to reach your goals. The staff in the Graduate and Executive Programs Office is ready to provide you the assistance you need to be successful. The purpose of this message is to give you the information you need to prepare for your first semester of study.
Please read this entire document carefully before beginning the steps below! It contains important information about getting started as a University of Delaware student.
First Steps & Before Classes Begin
- Course Registration The courses listed below are the best place for first-semester students to start. Part-time students register for either one or two classes, while full-time students register for three or four. If you’re not sure how many courses you can handle, sign up for the maximum number, then drop one if you need to. At Orientation, we will discuss how to think about building your MBA program. As a first-semester MBA student, though, focus on getting into the following courses first:
- Multiple sections are offered for most of these classes, some in Newark, some at our Wilmington Campus near Tower Hill School. The full schedules are available here. (Scroll down to the current semester.) Please note, the above courses are pre-requisite courses for later MBA classes. Completing these courses first/early in your MBA program will enable you to keep moving forward as quickly as possible.
How to Register: Please note: You must have officially accepted UD’s offer of admission before you can register for classes. The Office of Graduate & Professional Studies will send you a Personal Identification Number (PIN), which you will need to register. In order to register for classes, the Office of Graduate Studies must have received your acceptance of our admission offer. Once they process your acceptance, your student account will be “activated.” Once you’ve received your PIN# via email from the Office of Graduate & Professional Education, log into UDSIS (find it on the University Homepage, up in the top right corner, hover over My UD, then click on UDSIS-Student and click on the Registration link. Follow the registration prompts and make sure you complete each step. You can check your work by clicking on the View Schedule link—if your classes show up on the right days/times, you’re all set. Alternatively, you can send your full legal name, Student ID #, and the class/es you want (format: BUAD 999-000) to MBA-Registration@udel.edu. Two of us monitor that in-box and we’ll add you as soon as we can. Students requesting course waivers must email Denise Waters prior to course registration. Since waivers may affect course selection, early submission is encouraged. Visit course waiver information for further details.
- Email & Internet Account Set-Up Instructions for setting up your UD account can be found at www.udel.edu/help. Click on New Student Checklist under the left-most column called Get Started. Bookmark the IT Help site as you may find yourself there periodically during your MBA career. Please note: you must have electronically/officially accepted UD’s offer of admission, and been registered for classes before logging in to set up your email account.
- Notify The Graduate & Executive Program Office Forward your University e-mail address, mailing address and phone number immediately to email@example.com. It is very important that you establish a UD email address. Email is the primary method of communication tool for faculty and administration. Students are required to access their UD email accounts daily. If you prefer, you will be able to forward your UD email account to another account (your work email, for example) that you read every day.
- Obtain A Parking Permit Avoid parking hassles by parking legally. Permits can be purchased at Public Safety at 147 Perkins Student Center on Academy Street, or online. As a commuting graduate student, you can purchase either a RED or GOLD permit. Consider the time and location of your classes when determining which permit suits your needs. You can also pay to park in either the Trabant Garage or the Center for the Arts (CFA) Garage. Wilmington classes- The Wilmington campus lot requires only a RED parking permit. It is not free parking. Newark classes- Students with daytime classes or who hold GA positions during the day can opt to purchase a GOLD permit. Though more expensive, this allows you to park in the lots closest to Lerner. A RED permit is cheaper, but would force you to park at the Field House on South College Avenue. Students with all evening classes can get by with a RED permit. This will allow them to park in the non-restricted gold lots after 5 P.M.
- Obtain A Student ID Obtain your UD Student Identification Card at the Student Services Building on Lovett Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must be registered for classes before you get your ID. Call (302) 831-2759 for assistance or for more information about student identification.
- Check in International students, please report to Office of International Students & Scholars(OISS) upon arrival on campus. OISS is located in the Bank of America Building on Academy Street.
- Attend Orientation Save Thursday, January 31, 2013, for Orientation. At Orientation, you will meet faculty and staff, walk through planning your MBA program, hear from current MBA students with information on advice and expectations, and meet other new students before starting your first class. This is a good day to get parking permits, Student IDs, and other campus errands done before coming to Orientation.
- SEND YOUR IMMUNIZATION RECORDS.
You should have received information regarding required immunization records with your admissions letter. The health of the entire student body, undergraduate and graduate alike, is important for everyone’s continued health and well-being. Please send the required information if you haven’t already. Failure to do so could jeopardize your course registration and continuation in the program. If you have questions, please contact Student Health directly at 302-831-2226.
- Full-time students should also become familiar with the Student Health Services website, where information regarding their services, immunization requirements, and medical insurance can be found.
- Please review your letter of admission to determine if you have requirements which need to be documented. In particular, you may need to provide an official transcript showing the conferral of your undergraduate degree. Please send or bring these items to the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies in 234 Hullihen Hall as soon as possible.
- You will receive a billing statement via email for your first semester after you register. Check the Student Financial Services website for helpful tuition calculators and information around tuition and billing.
- Wireless connectivity is available in most University buildings. To learn about connecting your computer/smart phone/iPad or any other web-enabled device to the wireless network at UD, visit the UD IT Network page. Note that you will have to register your wireless connection in the same way you registered your computer in step 2 above. This can only be done while you are on-campus, connected to the UD network.
What Else Should I Do Before Starting my MBA/Graduate Program?
We know you’re eager to get started! But please use these last few weeks of relative free time to catch up on non-academic reading, visiting friends and family, cleaning out the garage or any other activity that you’ve been meaning to get to. Once your classes begin, you will have a new set of priorities! Below are some frequently-asked questions we get from new admits:
Q: When can I get my textbooks?
A: Unless your professor contacts you with specific assignments prior to class, you do not *need* your textbook prior to the first class meeting. Fall texts are stocked by the campus bookstores starting in August and Spring texts are generally available in January. Textbooks may be ordered online.
Q: When can I see my course syllabi?
A: Course syllabi will be linked to their respective courses as we receive them from the professors. Find the course you are looking for and click on it to open the course description and course syllabi. Please bookmark this page for future reference—you’ll be on it often!
Q: Is there homework before classes start?
A: Rarely (if ever) do the first level MBA classes require homework prior to the first class meeting. Professors will contact you via your UDEL email account with any prior information you need to have, including readings or assignments. Some classes mid-way or later in the MBA Program have readings and assignments due on or before the first day, but by then you’re a pro at all this and it’s not a big deal.
Q: What kind of calculator do I need?
A: In general, UD MBA students need fairly simple calculators. For Accounting 800, you need a very basic 4-function calculator (+, -, x, ÷). For BUAD 820/831, you will need a calculator that can handle square roots. For Finance classes, you will want a financial calculator such as Texas Instruments’ BA II Plus. This financial calculator can handle most calculations in Accounting and the BUAD 820/831 classes.
Q: Should I take an Accounting class at a local community college before I start at UD?
A: The UD MBA Accounting professors know that many students arrive with little or no Accounting or business background, so start the class with the foundation vocabulary and concepts. This goes for all the other classes we offer as well…we expect to teach from the ground up.
Q: Where can I find specific information about my Student Account, Academic Calendars, Tuition & Fees, Library Hours, Campus Buildings and the like?
A: The University of Delaware has a wonderful website! Below are some important bookmarks you may find handy during your stay here:
- Student Financial Services (tuition/fees, payment, contact info)
- Academic Calendars (dates for semester start, finish, and breaks)
- Library Hours & Services
- Campus Buildings (where’s Gore Hall?)
- Delaware Residency Status (sometimes even the natives get questioned!)
- IT Help Center (for email set-up, laptop registration, etc.)
- Parking Services (there’s no such thing as free parking)
- Registrar’s Office (info that’s useful throughout your tenure here)
- UD Bookstore
- UD Catalog (look for courses offered in Business and all other Departments)
- Off-Campus Student Housing (for those who wish to relocate to the Newark Campus area)
- Commencement Information And yes, you’ll get there!
If You Have Questions
The staff of the Graduate & Executive Programs Office (103 Alfred Lerner Hall) is here to help! Contact us at 302-831-2221 with questions.