Our mission is to provide

innovative, challenging and engaging student-centered programs and superior services that are essential to students’ educational success. As every student experiences life at UD in a unique way, our work takes various forms throughout our many departments. Divisionwide initiatives include:


1743 Welcome Days

Planned by our office of New Student Orientation, UD’s opening weekend programming includes events such as residential student move-in, Campus Breakout and the Twilight Induction Ceremony. Show more.

1743 Welcome Ambassadors

The next 1743 celebration will begin in:








Named for the year to which UD traces its roots, 1743 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, Campus Breakout 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. Keep reading about 1743 Welcome Days.

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A safe and healthy community is our utmost concern. Recognizing that fear of repercussion can inhibit students from seeking medical attention when necessary, our Office of Student Conduct created an Amnesty protocol to keep students safe in the event that they consume alcohol or drugs. Keep reading about Amnesty.


Our Director of Assessment and Engagement tracks our impact within the UD and greater communities, and assists liaisons in measuring the effectiveness of efforts throughout Student Life. We share your interest in learning the full value of a UD experience, and are always looking for ways to better serve student needs. Check out these recent reports for a glimpse at the effects of our work:


1743 Welcome Days impact report, Fall 2016 [PDF]
UD Helpline 24/7/365 impact report, Fall 2016 [PDF]
Student Success and Inclusive Excellence impact report, Fall 2016 [PDF]

Campus Coalitions
for substance abuse and mental health

We chair campuswide coalitions charged with assessing student needs, improving services and enhancing communication in two key areas. Show more.

Campus Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention
The Campus Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention was formed by Provost Domenico Grasso in 2014. Co-chaired by José-Luis Riera, Interim Vice President for Student Life, and Nancy Chase, Director of Student Wellness and Health Promotion, the Coalition aims to provide visionary leadership and effect transformational culture change throughout the UD community to minimize the risks of drinking and drug abuse within the student body. Download the strategic plan. [PDF]

Campus Coalition for Mental Health
Chaired by Brad Wolgast, Director of Center for Counseling and Student Development, the Campus Coalition for Mental Health convened in 2016 to increase community awareness of mental health concerns, identify opportunities to enhance related programming, and expand mental health promotion at the University of Delaware.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Healthy and supportive communities are our goal, so that students may explore their identities, engage with difference, and reflect upon their realms of responsibility. We have also recently hired a Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion to champion student inclusion initiatives throughout UD.

Parents & Family Weekend

Facilitated by our Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Parents and Family Weekend welcomes Blue Hen families to the Newark campus each fall for a quintessential UD weekend with various campuswide events. Show more.

PFW invites families to UD’s Newark campus in early fall to enjoy a festive weekend with their Blue Hens. Annual traditions include the Friday night comedy show, Sunday morning brunch, receptions and activities throughout the weekend, and a variety of athletic events including a Blue Hen football game with a family-friendly tailgate. Keep reading about Parents and Family Weekend.

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Perkins Live | Trabant Now

These vibrant Friday and Saturday late-night programs debuted in fall 2015 and have since attracted more than 3,000 students. Show more.

Perkins Live and Trabant Now provide UD students with performances, food, games and activities to enjoy on Friday and Saturday nights throughout each semester. Hosted by departments and a wide range of student groups throughout Student Life, past offerings range from comedians and magicians to game shows and laser tag.

As a result of attending Perkins Live and Trabant Now programs, students…

  • identified student organizations to join while at UD 66%
  • had conversations with students from different cultural backgrounds 69%
  • identified other campus activities at which alcohol is not served 79%
  • felt like they were part of the UD community 84%
  • would attend future Perkins Live and Trabant Now programs 96%

Data Sources: Fall 2015 Late Night Weekend Programming 10-Week Survey (n = 494) and UDSIS Official Student Enrollment Data (n = 2,895)

Attendance during most Perkins Live and Trabant Now weekends

Your support of the Parents Fund can help these programs continue 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.

Press Coverage

Articles on all of our recent initiatives can be found on UDaily.

Professional Development

The average on-campus student spends 90% of their week outside of the classroom, and we aim to help them make the most of every minute with mentorship, internship, employment and countless leadership development opportunities. Show more.

We are here to help students reach their potential. Our structured development includes career fairs, Each One Reach One peer mentorship for minoritized freshmen, student group leadership councils, You’ve Got This stress management counseling, Student Conduct Appellate Board, Complex Community Councils for residential students, Student Health Advisory Board, H.E.N.S. peer mentorship for student athletes, wellness advocacy groups, Blue Hen Leadership Program, and fraternity/sorority councils as well as oversight of more than 300 student organizations. Through these experiences as well as individual mentorship, internship and employment, each of our units provides formal and informal opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others in preparation for a successful transition to the professional world.

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Student Behavior Consultation Team

This campuswide team, chaired by our Dean of Students, assesses concerns for student and campus safety raised by UD faculty and staff. Keep reading about SBCT.