Orientation and Transition Programs is pleased to welcome you to the University of Delaware!

OTP’s primary goal is to provide you and your family with the information and tools you need to explore UD’s offerings, access important resources, learn about a wide range of activities and programs, and discover what it means to be a “Fightin’ Blue Hen.”

We hope this site will be your road map to a successful transition to the University. It is filled with important information about OTP and the University, including important updates about tasks you’ll need to complete before arriving on campus.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I sign up for NSO sessions and events?

You can sign up for NSO sessions and events on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home. The NSO portal is now open!

When will the live NSO programs be offered? Is registration open?

The live NSO programs, offered virtually, will take place Friday, January 27, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Visit your NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home or the Orientation page for more details.

Do family members need to attend a live NSO program?

While we encourage families to attend the live NSO program, it is completely optional. As part of the live NSO program, families will attend overview sessions about academics, health and wellbeing, student life, and university resources. Please note that families will attend sessions separately from their students for the majority of the live orientation program.

Families will also have access to orientation content through the Blue Hen Family Hub, and they can choose to attend various virtual topical information sessions about housing, dining, student financial services, and more. Families of students starting at UD in spring 2023 will receive an invitation to join the Blue Hen Family Hub in mid-January 2023.

How do I access the online orientation course in Canvas?

New students will access the online orientation course by logging into Canvas at https://sites.udel.edu/canvas/ with their UD credentials. Students should complete all sections, or modules, to make the most of their NSO experience.

Students entering in spring 2023 will have access to the course in mid-December.

When can I start the online orientation course in Canvas?

The online orientation course in Canvas will be available in mid-December for students beginning in spring 2023. New students should have received a course invitation at their UD email address.

Do I have to complete the online orientation course if I attend a live NSO program?

Yes, all new students should complete the online orientation course in Canvas as part of their NSO experience. To learn more about how to access the course, visit the Orientation page.

How do I schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for spring 2023?

Students should reach out directly to their academic college to schedule an academic advising appointment to select spring 2023 classes. Contact information for each college is available on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home and on the advising.udel.edu website.

When do 1743 Welcome Days begin?

Spring 1743 Welcome Days, students’ extended orientation to UD, begins on Sunday, February 5, and runs through Friday, February 10. Schedule details will be available by late January.

Where can I find the schedule for 1743 Welcome Days events?

The most up-to-date 1743 Welcome Days event schedule, details, and important information is available through the UD Connect app. If you have a smartphone, download the app from the Apple, Google, or Amazon app store.

How do I schedule an appointment with an academic advisor if I didn't complete this step yet?

Students should reach out directly to their academic college to schedule an academic advising appointment to select spring classes. Contact information for each college is available on the advising.udel.edu website.

How do I reschedule my academic advisement appointment or Meet Your College session?

To reschedule your academic advisement or Meet Your College session, use the “Edit Registration” link in your confirmation email to select a different appointment or session. If you need assistance, contact us at otp@udel.edu. If you missed your Meet Your College session, you should watch the recording sent to you from your college, or email OTP for more information.

Spring 2022 Orientation and Transition Programs student leaders group

NSO / ISO / TSO

New Student Orientation (NSO) covers important topics such as student life, academics and registration, and safety and wellbeing. During your orientation, you will meet your new classmates; learn about your College; and interact with the orientation staff. For students starting in spring 2023, NSO will be offered as a hybrid experience, featuring in-person and virtual components. Log into the NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home when it opens in April for specific details.

It is mandatory for every new student to participate in orientation. Refer to the New Student Checklist and Resources section for information about how to prepare for your transition to UD.

Spring 2022 Orientation and Transition Programs student leaders

Special Programs

Students admitted to the Associates in Arts program should visit the Associate in Arts website for additional information about orientation. Associate in Arts students are oriented on their home campus.

International Student Orientation (ISO) is mandatory for all international students who are new to the University of Delaware. Students will receive additional information about ISO from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) within the Center for Global Programs and Services.

Even though you may have attended orientation at your previous institution, you must attend orientation at UD to learn about our campus’s resources, meet with an academic advisor in your College, and interact with other incoming transfer students. Learn more about TSO.

World Scholars attend a pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Institute for Global Studies in the summer and then participate in NSO before the beginning of spring semester on main campus. World Scholars can find more information about the program on the World Scholars website.

1743 Welcome Days

Named for the year to which the University of Delaware 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.

For spring 2023, details about what you can expect for 1743 Welcome Days are available now

OTP Staff

Kelli Murray

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Interim Director

James Wright

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Assistant Director

Coleman Keith

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Program Coordinator

Jessica Smith

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Administrative Specialist

Student Coordinators

Ari Revilla

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1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain
Junior, Medical Diagnostics, Pre-PA Concentration

Cam Harrington

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1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain
Junior, Biomedical Engineering

Haley Kadin

she/her
1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain
Senior, Hospitality Business Management

Tynneqa Jefferies

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1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain
Junior, Exercise Science

Conner Holm

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NSO Student Coordinator
Senior, English & Biology

Sinit Abraham

she/her
NSO Student Coordinator
Senior, Biological Sciences

Aretha Korsah

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NSO Student Coordinator
Junior, Political Science

New Student Resources

We've compiled these lists to help you get all your questions answered before you arrive.
Resources for New UD Families

#LifeAtUD

To be at UD is to be immersed in opportunities for growth. The Division of Student Life offers campuswide programs, groups and opportunities that are designed to help you thrive personally, educationally and professionally. Student Life includes:

Office of the Dean of Students
Center for Black Culture
Center for Counseling & Student Development
Disability Support Services
Fraternity & Sorority Leadership and Learning
Office of Student Conduct
Orientation & Transition Programs
Residence Life & Housing
Student Diversity & Inclusion
Student Health Services
Student Services for Athletes
Student Wellness & Health Promotion
UD Career Center
University Student Centers

Advocacy and Support

Throughout your time at UD, you can always contact the Dean of Students whenever you have a question, a concern, or a problem to solve and you don’t know where to begin. ODS can also be reached in 101 Hullihen Hall, or via phone at 302-831-8939.