302-831-3313 otp@udel.edu

2022 Winter Break Closure

Orientation and Transition Programs will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 22, 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Staff will not be monitoring email or voicemail messages during this time.

If you need assistance or have questions about NSO, you can contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu or 302-831-3313, and we will respond to your message once the office reopens on January 4.

We wish you and your family a happy holiday season!

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.

New Student Orientation (NSO) 2022 Experience

For new students starting on UD’s Newark campus in spring 2022, NSO will be offered virtually.

Your NSO experience includes:

  • A live virtual half-day orientation program on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern Time
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • A virtual academic advising appointment within your chosen college and a Meet Your College academic information session
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more offered January 24 through February 4

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to view the NSO portal for the specific details and how to get started.

If you have any questions, contact us at otp@udel.edu.

Students who may be beginning in the Associate in Arts Program at UD in spring 2022 should visit aap.udel.edu for more information.

Spring Into Success Conference

New first year and transfer students are encouraged to kick off their UD experience by attending the Spring into Success Conference held February 4—6, designed to help students reach their academic, career, and personal goals during their time at UD. The conference provides the opportunity for students to begin exploring their personal, academic, and leadership goals and resources to transition into a great Spring semester and succeed on campus!

For more information and to register, visit https://www.udel.edu/students/reslife/life-in-our-halls/current-events/.

Important OTP Updates


NSO for UD students starting on the Newark campus in spring 2022 will take place virtually, including a live NSO program through Zoom on January 28, 2022. Details are available now on the NSO portal within My Blue Hen Home.

Details about the NSO experience for UD students starting in fall 2022 will be available by March 2022. Stay tuned!


How do I access the online orientation course in Canvas?

New students can access the online orientation course by logging into Canvas at https://sites.udel.edu/canvas/ with their UD credentials. Students should complete all 6 sections, or modules, to make the most of their NSO experience.

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 2022. New students will receive a course invitation at their UD email address on or after Tuesday, December 7, 2021 to begin exploring the various sections.

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.

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

For students beginning on UD’s Newark campus in spring 2022, a live NSO program will be offered virtually on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern Time. Visit your NSO portal on My Blue Hen Home or the Orientation page for more details.

Registration for the virtual live NSO program is now open in the NSO portal.

How do I schedule an appointment with an academic advisor for spring 2022?

Students should reach out directly to their academic college to schedule an academic advising appintment to select spring 2022 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 6 and runs through Friday, February 11. Schedule details will be available by late January.

How do I sign up for the Spring Into Success conference?

Students can learn more and sign up for the Spring into Success Conference, taking place February 4-6, 2022 at https://www.udel.edu/students/reslife/life-in-our-halls/current-events/!

This conference provides an opportunity for new first year and transfer students to begin exploring their personal, academic, and leadership goals and resources to transition into a great Spring semester and succeed on campus.


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 2022, NSO will be offered virtually. Log into the NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home in mid-November for 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.

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.

During orientation, there will be a session specifically for Student Veterans featuring important campus resources and an opportunity to connect with the Blue Hen Veterans student organization. Student Veterans can visit the UD Veteran Services website for additional information about accessing UD resources.

Winter Orientation follows a similar format as summer NSO, TSO and ISO for students entering the University of Delaware in spring semester. For students starting in spring semester 2021, Winter Orientation will be offered virtually. Learn more about orientation.

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 2022, details about what you can expect for 1743 Welcome Days will be available in January.

OTP Staff

Heather Kovanic


Kelli Murray

Assistant Director

Coleman Keith

Program Coordinator

Sherrylynn Pitts

Administrative Assistant

Haley McAveney

2021 Intern

Student Coordinators

Conner Holm

Year: Junior
Major: English and Biological Sciences Honors

Sinit Abraham

Year: Senior

Major: Biological Sciences

Orientation Leaders

Sinit Abraham

Year: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences

Geraldine Ariza

Year: Senior
Major: Human Services

Steven Armstrong

Year: Junior
Major: Accounting

Patrick Brady

Year: Senior
Major: Honors Statistics

Leon DeShields

Year: Senior
Major: Applied Music, Vocal Performance

Joy Gyan

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology

Jess Johnson

Year: Senior
Major: Medical Diagnostics

Alena Jusino

Year: Senior
Major: Neuroscience

Aretha Korsah

Year: Sophomore
Major: Political Science

Tymber Powell

Year: 2021 Graduate
Major: Human Services

Jane Stemmermann

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise 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 can be found here.


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.