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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.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to campus for 1743 Welcome Days August 26-28!

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Download a plain-text PDF version of the 1743 Welcome Days schedule. (Updated 8/22/17)

Maps for campus, parking, and walking around can also be found on UD’s Visit Us page.


On-campus students will move in to residence halls on Saturday, August 26.

Parents and guests are invited to a Family Send-Off at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Perkins Student Center, while all students enjoy a Meet & Eat Picnic on the Green with their new community.

Campus Breakout will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday in your University Student Centers! More details about 1743 Saturday will be emailed to new students in August and available here soon.


Sunday will bring a variety of activities for new students to enjoy, including a brand new Game Day 101 event! More details about 1743 Sunday will be emailed to new students in August and available here soon.


Monday will kick off with your academic orientation in the morning, followed by open houses and receptions for a variety of interests and communities.

All new students will come together on the Green at 7 p.m. for the Twilight Induction Ceremony. This annual tradition is many students’ most memorable part of 1743, so wear your favorite UD gear and arrive early for a great seat! More details about 1743 Monday will be emailed to new students in August and available here soon.


1743 Welcome Days are just the beginning of your UD experience, and welcome events continue well into September! More details about fall semester will be emailed to new students in August and available here soon.

Connect. Explore. Contribute.

1743 is just the beginning of what we hope will be a fun and productive UD experience.

Self-Discovery and Development

During 1743, departments and student groups help you decide what kind of Blue Hen you’d like to be and connect in person with others who share your interests.

Throughout your life at UD, you can continue this self-discovery through hundreds of student organizations, fraternities, sororities, and student-focused events on Student Central, UD’s portal for engagement in student life.

If personal development is your goal, you may also appreciate the opportunities to explore your identities offered by our Center for Black Culture and LGBT Program. If professional development is your priority, you can take advantage of career preparation offered at every stage of your educational career through our Career Services Center.

Personal Wellness

During 1743, conversations compel you to consider how your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing contribute to your health and others’.

Throughout your life at UD, you have access to assistance from trained professionals in our Center for Counseling and Student Development, Student Health Services, Student Wellness and Health Promotion and more. Many services are covered by the mandatory Student Health Fee that all full-time matriculated students pay, and include a full range of care, consultation and support.

Keep the number for the UD Helpline handy, where you can reach a trained mental health professional 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: 302-831-1001

Social Responsibility

During 1743, you learn what’s involved in being a member of the University of Delaware community.

Throughout your life at UD, you may channel your passion to shape and uphold that same Blue Hen pride from within. You might apply to serve on the appellate board for our Office of Student Conduct, or to become an NSO orientation leader just like the team that welcomed you here.

Your experience might include small groups of friends on your hall floor, or large groups of students in the same organization. Both will help you establish congruence between your values and behaviors, and articulate their impact on yourself and others as you prepare to become a citizen of the world.

Inclusivity and Action

During 1743, you learn how all students, faculty and staff work together to pursue inclusive excellence at the University of Delaware so that every student can succeed.

Throughout your life at UD, you might have moments when you or a friend feel that you don’t have what you need in order to succeed. Processing these situations and engaging with students different from yourself can help you determine the best route forward.

Depending on your own needs, you may reach out to mentors or utilize advocates in our Office of the Dean of Students or Residence Life and Housing. As you learn more about yourself and others, you’ll find support and gain the skills to advocate for inclusive, equitable communities.