Extended Orientation

Want more than just one day? Then attend an extended orientation! These cool opportunities provide incoming freshmen and transfer students with the ability to strengthen their transition to the University of Delaware through experiences that match their interests and abilities. While the approach may be different between the programs, the benefits are the same – new friends and mentors, great conversations and an opportunity to kick off their college experience with an adventure!

Summit

Extended New Student Orientation for New First Year Students

Summit is an extended outdoor orientation experience designed specifically for new first year students at the University of Delaware. Summit will help to further ease your transition into our campus community and your college experience. As part of the First Year Experience (FYE), this outdoor excursion offers you the unique opportunity to connect with your new classmates in a fun and challenging environment, allowing you to learn more about yourself and develop the confidence and skills you need to successfully navigate your first year at UD.

As a result of this on- and off-campus adventure, you can:

• create strong meaningful relationships with peers, so as to begin integrating into the social fabric of the University of Delaware
• identify communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills needed to accomplish tasks and goals
• identify how your personal decision-making skills can impact your wellbeing and ability to reach goals.

Each Summit experience will be consist of up to 12 first-year students, as well as three of our Summit Leaders. These trained student guides, who are both Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, will take you safely across Maryland and into your freshman year of college. The Summit experience will start with two days of on-campus activities and backcountry lessons to prepare you for the adventure ahead. The next five days will be spent trekking the entire Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Summit is available to all incoming freshmen. Although you do not need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in Summit, you must be physically able to walk 8-10 miles per day. Over the course of the 5 days on the trail, students will hike approximately 50 miles and will be carrying all of their supplies in a backpack.

Trip Dates for Summit 2017:
•Trip 1: Sunday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12
•Trip 2: Tuesday, August 8 – Monday, August 14
•Trip 3: Wednesday, August 16 – Tuesday, August 22
•Trip 4: Friday, August 18 – Thursday, August 24

The 2017 Summit Application will be available from May 1 – July 7, 2017. Students selected to participate in Summit will be placed in one of these four trips based on the availability they indicated on their application. The fee to participate in Summit is $300.

Outdoor Gear:
Summit is available to all incoming freshmen of every experience and skill level! As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit will require students to use both simple and technical backpacking equipment. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided with the necessary gear to function on the trail as a team. However, there will be a number of personal gear items that students must either bring themselves or rent from the NSO office. We will have backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and headlamps available for rent. You must have your own hiking boots and appropriate clothing for the trail.

A packing list of the clothing and equipment you will be expected to bring can be found in our Gear Guidelines [PDF]. If you are unsure whether what you already have is adequate after reading the Gear Guidelines, email us at newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can’t find an answer to your specific question, feel free to call us at 302-831-3313 or email newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

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Apply to be a 2018 Summit Leader!

The Summit Leader position provides current UD students the opportunity to officially welcome new Blue Hens to the University of Delaware by leading them through an outdoor, exploration-based orientation experience. Summit Leaders are official representatives of the Office of New Student Orientation (NSO), the Division of Student Life, and the University of Delaware.

To apply for the 2018 Summit Leader position, be sure to read the position description [PDF] and then complete the application online by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21.

Have questions or need more information about this unique leadership opportunity? An interest meeting will be held in Gore Hall, Room 218 on Monday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.

QUEST Summer Leadership Experience

Extended Orientation/Transition Program for New First Year Students

Question in order to challenge the process
Understand that leadership is a quest, a journey towards self awareness
Explore possibilities
Serve others
Transform yourself and impact the world in positive ways

QUEST takes place the week before 1743 Welcome Days, and is an opportunity for UD freshmen to get an early start in self-discovery and leadership development, in order to gain confidence that supports a successful student experience.

QUEST is ideal for students who are interested in developing leadership skills, and have a desire to engage in the UD community. As a result of this on- and off-campus adventure, you can:

• foster connections among freshmen, leadership mentors and staff
• engage in experiences that contribute to an understanding of what it means to be a respectful and contributing member of a diverse community
• identify personal goals and learn how personal awareness and decision-making can impact one’s ability to achieve success
• understand that developing as a leader is a process that involves self awareness, relationships, skills, service to others and transformation.

Trip Date:
QUEST will take place from 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22 through 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 26.
The 2017 QUEST application will be available from May 1 – July 7, 2017. The fee to participate in QUEST is $475.

QUEST is offered through the University Student Centers’ Leadership Development office. Applications for new QUESTers are accepted for incoming freshmen each summer. More information can be found on the USC’s QUEST page.

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Summit by the Sea

Extended Transfer Student Orientation

Summit by the Sea is an outdoor extended orientation experience designed specifically for new transfer students at the University of Delaware. Summit by the Sea will help to ease your transition into our campus community and allow you to make meaningful connections with your peers all while spending the weekend beach camping and sea kayaking in one of Delaware’s beautiful state parks.

As a result of this on- and off-campus adventure, you can:

• create strong meaningful relationships with other new transfer students as well as current student leaders so as to begin integrating into the social fabric of UD
• connect your UD experience to other important areas of your life
• reflect on your reasons for transferring to UD and what you hope to get from your UD experience.

Trip Date:
Summit by the Sea will take place Thursday, July 13 – Sunday, July 16.

The 2017 Summit by the Sea application will be available from May 1 – June 28, 2017. The fee to participate in Summit by the Sea is $150.

Outdoor Gear:
Summit by the Sea is available to all incoming transfer students. As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit by the Sea will require students to use outdoor equipment, such as kayaks, which will be provided. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided the necessary gear for their group (tents, camp stove, etc). However, students will also need personal gear items such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for this experience, all of which are available for rent from the NSO office if the student does not have their own gear.

A packing list will be provided to participants when they are notified of their selection.

Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit by the Sea, feel free to call us at 302-831-3313 or email newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

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