302-831-3313 otp@udel.edu

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.

NSO 2021 Experience

For new students entering UD in fall 2021, NSO will be offered in June-July 2021.

Your NSO experience includes:

  • A live half-day orientation program, which you can participate in on-campus or virtually, your choice!
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • An academic advising appointment within your chosen college, and a live virtual 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 throughout July and August

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.

Important OTP Updates

 

NSO for UD students starting in fall 2021 will take place June through July. Details are available on the NSO portal within My Blue Hen Home.

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 fall 2021, NSO will be offered June through July. Additional details will be shared by late April 2021.

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 fall 2021, 1743 Welcome Days occurs in late August before the start of the semester! Stay tuned to the Student Life Virtual Hub for details in summer 2021.

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.

#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.