Nominations now open for Seitz Award

Nominations are open now through May 4 for the Seitz Award, celebrating outstanding first- or second-year students at the University of Delaware.

Coordinated through the Division of Student Life by the Office of the Dean of Students, this annual award recognizes a first- or second-year student who embodies the student-created “We Are Blue Hens” values statement. All UD faculty, staff, and students may submit nominations here.

The fund for the George and Margaret Collins Seitz Award was established in 1954 at UD by Margaret Seitz to honor the memory of her mother and father. This annual recognition, which includes a $1,500 award, is presented each spring to a first- or second-year student who exemplifies outstanding character by demonstrating and encouraging in others the following values:

  • Respect – We support the inherent right for all members of our community to have a voice and freely share their ideas. We acknowledge that an environment where there is mutual respect and dialogue, leads to greater learning.
  • Openness – We believe that diversity is not enough. Diversity is acknowledging that differences exist. Openness means that we are accepting of learning from and engaging with all members of our community.
  • Innovation – We challenge all Blue Hens to be bold and creative as we strive for a better world. We will be committed to progress, while recognizing the value of past experiences. Our education provides us limitless opportunities to move ourselves and others forward.
  • Engagement – We will take an active role in the life of the university, both as learners and contributing community members. We know that true growth comes from being an active and engaged participant in our experiences.
  • Mentorship – We seek to become visionary and passionate Blue Hens who understand our role in fostering society’s next generation of responsible and ethical leaders. We will build relationships that foster excellence, support, and accountability.

The full “We Are Blue Hens” values statement can be found here.

Nominees must be matriculated UD first- or second-year students in good academic and disciplinary standing. They may be from any major, may live on or off campus and are not required to demonstrate financial need. The award winner is determined by a committee comprised of UD faculty, staff and students and will be announced prior to the end of the spring semester.

Nominations will be accepted until May 4 at 11:59 p.m., and must be submitted via the online form.

Source: UDaily

Advice for Rising Sophomores from an AAP Alum

Sarah is a 2017 graduate of the Associate in Arts Program. She is a currently a junior in the Communication Interest major on main campus.  As part of her final reflection for ARSC167: Associate in Arts Program Transition Seminar she shares her advice for rising juniors.


If you are interested in a course to ease your transition to main campus, register for ARSC167: Associate in Arts Program Transition Seminar. In this course, students learn about on-campus resources; connect with fellow AAP students, upperclassmen, and student leaders; and set goals for their junior and senior years.  Many of the students who took the course are now pursuing internships, leadership positions on campus, and study abroad opportunties.


Save the date for Transition Day, an orientation program for AAP graduates transitioning to main campus. It will be held Monday, August 27,  1- 3 p.m. followed by an optional campus tour.  Students can also participate in Welcome Week activities to get acquainted with resources available on main campus.

Register for Summer Courses!

Course registration is now open for Summer 2018 courses. Don’t delay! Register today! (Courses with low enrollment will be dropped from the schedule.) Payment is not due immediately, but must be paid prior to the start of classes.  If you need a summer course, then do not delay.

Students may need to register for Summer courses for the following reasons:

  • Sophomores graduating in Summer or Fall 2018 who need additional credits to meet the minimum graduation requirements.
  • Freshmen who need to minimum the GPA of 2.5 and/or minimum 24 credits by the end of Summer 2018 to maintain eligibility for the SEED scholarship.
  • Freshmen who need to take additional credits to stay on track for Spring 2016 graduation.

To review course options, please visit

(Domestic) Study Abroad in Hawaii with AAP!

The Hawaiian Islands have experienced waves of settlers from many different cultures, from the early Polynesians to the establishment of major military bases and a thriving tourist industry. Each group of people brought plants, animals, and customs associated with each of their cultures. The impact of each group on the environment has resulted in changes to the land, extinctions to plants and animals, and invasive species.
This Winter Session program will utilize BISC107 (Elementary Evolutionary Ecology) and BISC127 (Environments and Cultures in Conflict) to examine the interactions of people and the environment. Field studies (beaches, volcanoes), projects, lectures, and excursions to cultural centers, museums, national parks, and other habitats will be used to investigate the history of the islands. Accommodations in condos and/or hotels include two weeks on Oahu in Waikiki and almost three weeks in HIlo and Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii). Several special meals are included, as are all course-related excursions and on-island ground transportation.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and transportation in Hawaii. Students will be housed in triple apartments with full kitchens while on Oahu in Waikiki and in Kailua Kona on the Big Island (Hawaii), and in triple hotel rooms while in Hilo. Meals are not included in the program fee, save for a few special group dinners or lunches.

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.

Learn More!

Visit the study abroad website to learn more about the course, requirements, costs, and financial aid.

Study Abroad in Athens, Greece with AAP!

Study Biblical and Classical Literature in Athens, the birthplace of Western Civilization and democracy! Walk the storied city where Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle practiced philosophy. Visit the awe-inspiring Acropolis, the ancient sanctuary dedicated to its patron, the Goddess Athena. See the Parthenon lit up at night, having read the speeches of Pericles, the general and politician who oversaw its construction.

Athens is a living museum that revels in myth, religion, history, and philosophy. At once ancient and modern, the city invokes both passion and pensiveness. Students enrolled in this winter session program will be housed in the heart of the city at The Athens Centre (, a facility with classroom space, a library, and a computer lab. In addition to visiting numerous sites in and around Athens—including the Acropolis Museum, the Ancient Agora, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Church of Panagia Kapnikarea, and the Jewish Museum of Greece—we will also make excursions to ancient Delphi, archaeological and natural sites within the Peloponnese, and many other religious, cultural and historical sites.

Over the course of three intensive weeks, we will read classical works like the epics Iliad and Odyssey and compare them with those from the Biblical tradition. Students will be encouraged to delve into the pantheon of Greek gods, retell old myths, solve ancient riddles, follow in the footstep of ancient heroes like Achilles and Odysseus, wander vibrant streets, and enjoy world-renowned souvlaki and coffee, all while reading and discussing classical works in the land where they were composed.

The student accommodations (apartments) are located less than a five-minute walk from The Athens Centre, with double or triple rooms. All of the units have Wi-Fi and kitchens, and there are laundry facilities within the complex. Cafes, tavernas, and bakeries are nearby. The neighborhood is residential and hilly. A welcome meal and departure meal are included in the program fee, as well as all excursion expenses (tour guides, transportation, entrance fees, and overnight accommodation).

Application Deadline: April 20, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.

Learn More!

Visit the study abroad website to learn more about the course, requirements, costs, and financial aid.

Interest Meetings

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 1:25 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

77 East Main Street, Room 105

Friday, April 13, 2018, 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

77 East Main Street, Room 105

The last day to change registration or withdraw

The last day to change registration or withdraw from courses without academic penalty is Monday, April 9, 2018. Students will receive a grade of “W” for courses they withdrawn from after the first 10 class days. The University offers no tuition rebates for registration changes, and students who make late changes must pay a one-time $25 fee. Please consult with your advisor to confer on changes in registration.

Grading Options:

L Listener (Audit) – Registration without credit or grade. Class attendance is required, but class participation is not.
P/F Pass/Fail – For specifically authorized courses. P grades are not calculated in indexes, but F grades will still be calculated. Pass/Fail grading cannot be used to fulfill university/college requirements.
W – Official Withdrawal

*If you would like to make any changes to your schedule, it is STRONGLY recommended that you meet with an advisor prior to making any changes.