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.

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
- 1743 Welcome Days begins on Saturday, August 25


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?


Heather A. Maginnis

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: Senior, Marketing & Operations Management

Izzy Wowk

NSO Coordinator
Major: 2018 Graduate, Environmental Science

Emma Groman

Summit Coordinator
Majors: Psychology, Sociology

Kevin Tierney

Summit Coordinator
Majors: History, International Relations


Declan Bado

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biological Sciences & Neuroscience

Beckey Carlson-Lee

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

Victoria Cortese

Year: Junior
Major: International Business

Morgan Dodge

Year: Junior
Major: Nursing

Abbey Goslin

Year: Senior
Major: Music

Olivia Greene

Year: Sophomore
Major: Athletic Training

Alana Hodge

Year: Junior
Major: Geology

Sofia Janotti

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Sherry Kumar

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Engineering Honors

Scott Kurten

Year: Junior
Major: Marketing & Operations Management

Josh Lewis

Year: Junior
Major: Human Services

Katie Manta

Year: Senior
Major: Early Childhood Education

Tommy Martell

Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nnennaya Okorie

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

T.J. Pinto

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise Science

Cooper Rothman

Year: Sophomore
Major: Communications Interest Honors

Kristin Smith

Year: Junior
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)

Mackenzie Spadinger

Year: Senior
Major: Political Science & History

Lauren Zenna

Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering


Macy Oteri

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Austin Vanderheyden

Year: Junior
Major: Economics and Psychology

Welcome Ambassador

Andrew Ames

Year: Senior
Major: Public Policy

Mia Barkel

Year: Senior
Major: Sociology

Gabi Poletaev

Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Hunter Rivera

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise Science

Brittany Zelano

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology & 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.


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.