Apply to be an Orientation Leader for Summer 2019!

The Orientation Leader (OL) position provides students the unique leadership opportunity to officially welcome new Blue Hens to the University of Delaware! OLs are hired to ease the transition of new first-year, transfer, and international students, and their families as they begin their relationship with UD. OLs aid in the academic, social, and cultural acclimation to the university. OLs also serve as a resource for new students and their families by providing honest and current information about any and all aspects of UD. Through this leadership position, OLs are also able to gain essential skills that are easily transferable into their professional careers and life after UD. OLs are official representatives of the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP), the Division of Student Life, and the University of Delaware, and should act accordingly with professionalism and good judgment.

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Application period: September 24 – October 7

Interest Meetings

Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. in Gore 208
Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. in Gore 306
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Gore 114

Dates will be available here soon for winter orientation programs.


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; obtain your student ID card; and interact with the orientation staff. NSO for first year students and Transfer Student Orientation (TSO) for new transfer students are both one-day programs. International Student Orientation (ISO) for incoming international undergraduate students is a two-day program.

For first year and transfer students entering UD in fall 2018, the last orientation program will be offered on Thursday, August 23. For international undergraduates entering UD in the fall of 2018, ISO will take place Thursday, August 23 through Friday, August 24.

It is mandatory for every new student to attend 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.

For international undergraduates entering UD in fall 2018, ISO will take place Thursday, August 23 through Friday, August 24. ISO is mandatory for all international students who are new to the University of Delaware, and students must attend both days of the program. Learn more about ISO.

Transfer students entering UD in fall 2018 will attend TSO on July 12 or July 16 (students in Arts & Sciences will also have the option to attend on July 17). 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.

On July 12 and July 16, there will be an orientation 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 the same format as Summer NSO, TSO and ISO for students entering the University of Delaware in spring semester. Learn more about orientation.

Students admitted as World Scholars in fall 2018 will be invited to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation on Monday, June 18. World Scholars can find more information about the program on the World Scholars website.

Extended Orientation

1743 Welcome Days

Named for the year to which UD 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. Following residential move-in, the Preview of Perkins Live | Trabant Now 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.

Who are we?


Heather A. Maginnis

231 Trabant University Center

Brittany Acosta

Assistant Director
231 Trabant University Center

Christian A. Williams

Program Coordinator
231 Trabant University Center

Sherrylynn Pitts

Administrative Assistant
231 Trabant University Center

Trevor Gulledge

Summit Graduate Intern
231 Trabant University Center

Vicky Nucci

NSO Graduate Intern
231 Trabant University Center

Abbey Goslin

NSO Coordinator
Majors: Senior, Music & Music Management

Josh Lewis

NSO Coordinator
Majors: Junior, Human Services

Emma Groman

Summit Coordinator
Majors: Junior, Psychology & Sociology

Kevin Tierney

Summit Coordinator
Majors: 2018 Graduate, History & International Relations


Declan Bado

Year: Junior
Major: Biological Sciences & Neuroscience

Beckey Carlson-Lee

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology

Victoria Cortese

Year: Junior
Major: International Business

Morgan Dodge

Year: Junior
Major: Nursing

Abbey Goslin

Year: Senior
Major: Music

Olivia Greene

Year: Sophomore
Major: Athletic Training

Alana Hodge

Year: Junior
Major: Geology

Sofia Janotti

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Sherry Kumar

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biomedical Engineering Honors

Scott Kurten

Year: Junior
Major: Marketing & Operations Management

Josh Lewis

Year: Junior
Major: Human Services

Katie Manta

Year: Senior
Major: Early Childhood Education

Nnennaya Okorie

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

T.J. Pinto

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise Science

Cooper Rothman

Year: Sophomore
Major: Communications Interest Honors

Kristin Smith

Year: Junior
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)

Mackenzie Spadinger

Year: Senior
Major: Political Science & History

Lauren Zenna

Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice


Meilyn Farnell

Year: Sophomore
Major: Biological Sciences

Jeremy Kuelker

Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Sean McEvoy

Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering

Krista Wilp

Year: Senior
Major: Economics

Welcome Ambassador

Andrew Ames

Year: Senior
Major: Public Policy

Mia Barkel

Year: Senior
Major: Sociology

Gabi Poletaev

Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Hunter Rivera

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise Science

Brittany Zelano

Year: Senior
Major: Psychology & Human Services

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
Career Services Center
Center for Black Culture
Center for Counseling & Student Development
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
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.