Welcome, University of Delaware parents and families!


We value your participation in students’ out-of-classroom educational experience, and your ability to enhance understanding of concepts that will shape their development for years to come. Students spend much of their time engaging in communities, utilizing services, and participating in groups and events designed within Student Life to support success throughout every aspect of their lives. For a concise takeaway on the work that we do, download our reference guide. [PDF]

We believe that students become thriving individuals when they are able to learn and develop within healthy, inclusive and supportive communities.

Much of our work, particularly within 1743 Welcome Days, Perkins Live, Trabant Now, and students’ professional development is sustained through grants and donations. Your support can help continue these efforts for another semester.

What is the Parents Fund?

The Parents Fund creates a community of parents actively and philanthropically engaged in their students’ college experience. The fund provides valuable resources for services and programs that promote student learning, encourage personal development, facilitate strong bonds among students and enhance their identity with the University. For more information, contact 302-831-2104 or email parentsfund@udel.edu.

Family Resources

Advocacy and Support

If you have a question, a concern, or a problem to solve, our Office of the Dean of Students invites you to reach out. ODS supports all students and their families; assists students contemplating a medical leave of absence or withdrawal from the University; and provides a variety of services specific to off-campus students, veterans, and those who identify as LGBTQ+.



The Office of the University Registrar provides a Student Resources page to assist students with identifying and contacting their academic advisors and deans. Students can also use this page to request a change of name on their record, apply for readmittance to the University following a leave of absence, and learn about various enrollment policies.



Our University Student Centers oversee more than 400 student groups and host thousands of events each year so that every student has opportunities to meet new people, gain marketable skills and have fun. Students who feel a sense of belonging are more likely to earn a degree, and many make friends and find their lifelong passions by getting involved on campus.



Living on campus and engaging in this community can be one of the most rewarding, academically beneficial experiences of college. Our Residence Life and Housing staff welcome contact from parents and family members who have concerns about their students’ adjustment to on-campus life. Visit their comprehensive Family Resources page for more information.