New Student Orientation (NSO) is pleased to welcome you to the University of Delaware!

NSO’s primary goal is to provide you and your family with the information and tools you need to explore UD’s offerings, access important resources, learn about a wide range of activities and programs, and discover what it means to be a “Fightin’ Blue Hen.”

We hope this site will be your road map to a successful transition to the University. It is filled with important information about NSO and the University, including important updates about tasks you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus.

 

How do our student orientation leaders feel about welcoming new Blue Hens to campus? Check out their video below and stay tuned for the announcement of 2018 OLs!

University of Delaware New Student Orientation

 

- Log into My Blue Hen Home to complete important tasks before NSO
- Summer NSO takes place weekdays Tuesday, June 19 – Tuesday, July 17 for new students starting at UD in fall 2018
- Summer ISO takes place Thursday, August 23 – Friday, August 24 for new international students starting at UD in fall 2018

NSO / ISO / TSO

New Student Orientation (NSO) covers important topics such as student life, academics and registration, and safety and wellbeing. During your orientation, you will meet your new classmates; learn about your College; obtain your student ID card; and interact with the orientation staff. NSO for first year students and Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) for new transfer students are both one-day programs. International Student Orientation (ISO) for incoming international undergraduate students is a two-day program.

For first year and transfer students entering UD in the fall of 2018, orientation is offered weekdays Tuesday, June 19 through Tuesday, July 17. For international undergraduates entering UD in the fall of 2018, ISO will take place Thursday, August 23 through Friday, August 24.

It is mandatory for every new student to attend orientation. Refer to the New Student Checklist and Resources sections for information about how to prepare for your transition to UD.

Special Programs

Students admitted to the Associates in Arts program should visit the Associate in Arts website for additional information about orientation. Associate in Arts students are oriented on their home campus.

For international undergraduates entering UD in the spring of 2018, ISO will take place Thursday, February 1 through Friday, February 2. You will receive an electronic message with details about ISO. ISO is mandatory for all international students who are new to the University of Delaware, and students must attend both days of the program. Learn more about ISO.

For first year and transfer students entering UD in the spring of 2018, orientation will be held Friday, February 2. Even though you may have attended orientation at your previous institution, you must attend orientation at UD to learn about our campus’s resources, meet with an academic advisor in your College, and interact with other incoming transfer students. Learn more about TSO.

Student Veterans can visit the UD Veteran Services website for additional information about orientation.

Winter orientation follows the same format as Summer NSO, TSO and ISO for students entering the University of Delaware in spring semester. Learn more about orientation.

Students admitted to the World Scholars program can find more information about orientation on the World Scholars website.

Extended Orientation

1743 Welcome Days

Named for the year to which UD traces its roots, UD's opening weekend celebration offers opportunities for students to connect with their new community, explore all that UD has to offer, and consider how they will contribute during their time here. Following residential move-in, the Preview of Perkins Live | Trabant Now kicks off the festivities on students’ first night with games, performances and activities throughout both University Student Centers. 1743 programming runs straight through the weekend, featuring tours and receptions as well as the annual candlelighting ceremony.

Who are we?

NSO
Staff

Heather A. Maginnis

Director
231 Trabant University Center

Brittany Acosta

Program Coordinator
231 Trabant University Center

Christian A. Williams

Program Coordinator
231 Trabant University Center

Sherrylynn Pitts

Administrative Assistant
231 Trabant University Center

Raquel Fajardo

NSO Coordinator
Majors: Marketing, Operations Management

Izzy Wowk

NSO Coordinator
Major: Environmental Science

Emma Groman

Summit Coordinator
Majors: Psychology, Sociology

Kevin Tierney

Summit Coordinator
Majors: History, International Relations

Orientation
Leaders

Elias Antelman

Year: Senior
Major: Math, Women & Gender Studies

Justin Burgess

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Alicia Fox

Year: Senior
Major: Marketing

Gabby Francis

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology

Amjed Hallak

Year: Junior
Major: Electrical Engineering

Haylee Hidalgo

Year: Senior
Major: Human Services & Gender Studies

Sean Holcomb

Year: Senior
Major: Human Services

Elon Kline

Year: Sophomore
Major: Interpersonal Effectiveness in Leadership

Bema Kyeadea-Amponsah

Year: Junior
Major: Pre-Pharmacy

Erika Lawrence

Year: Sophomore
Major: Marketing

Steph Palmer

Year: Senior
Major: Economics (B.A.) and Public Policy (B.A.)

Joey Rea

Year: 2017 Graduate
Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences

Mark Schuler

Year: Senior
Major: Interpersonal Communications

Kyle Tomlin

Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Brittany Wertz

Year: Senior
Major: Economics

Emily Williamson

Year: Sophomore
Major: Marketing

Angela Yu

Year: Senior
Major: International Relations

Elyse Zilocchi

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Summit
Leaders

Macy Oteri

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Austin Vanderheyden

Year: Junior
Major: Economics and Psychology

Welcome Ambassador
Captains

Abby Hidalgo

Year: Senior
Major: Cognitive Science

Manda Lefky

Year: Senior
Major: Women’s Studies and Psychology, Honors

Samantha Swanson

Year: Senior
Major: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Kelsey Youells

Year: Senior
Major: Women and Gender Studies

Brittany Zelano

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology and Human Services

New Student Resources

We've compiled these lists to help you get all your questions answered before you arrive. Resources for new UD families can be found here.

#LifeAtUD

The average full-time, on-campus student will spend more than 160 hours at the University of Delaware each week, but only 10% of those will be in the classroom. What will you do with the rest of your time? The Division of Student Life offers campuswide programs, groups and opportunities that are designed to help you thrive during your life at UD. Student Life includes:

Career Services Center
Center for Black Culture
Center for Counseling & Student Development
LGBT Program
New Student Orientation
Office of the Dean of Students
Office of Student Conduct
Residence Life & Housing
Student Health Services
Student Services for Athletes
Student Wellness & Health Promotion
University Student Centers

Advocacy and Support

Throughout your time at UD, you can always contact the Dean of Students whenever you have a question, a concern, or a problem to solve and you don’t know where to begin. ODS can also be reached in 101 Hullihen Hall, or via phone at 302-831-8939.