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.

New Student Orientation, for students starting at UD this fall, begins on June 25

Learn about Summit and QUEST!

Orientation Information for fall 2019

 

Orientation for new first year students beginning in fall 2019 will be held weekdays Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, July 24.

Orientation for new transfer students beginning in fall 2019 will be held on Thursday, July 11 and Monday, July 15. Students in select colleges or majors may also have the option to attend on Wednesday, July 3.

New international students beginning in fall 2019 will attend ISO on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23.

Visit our Orientation page for more information.

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; 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 new first year and transfer students entering UD in fall 2019, NSO will take place weekdays beginning Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, July 24. For international undergraduates entering UD in the fall 2019, ISO will take place Thursday, August 22 through Friday, August 23.

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 2019, ISO will take place Thursday, August 22 through Friday, August 23. 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 2019 will attend orientation on Thursday, July 11 or Monday, July 15. Transfers in the College of Arts and Sciences will also have the option to attend orientation on Wednesday, July 3. 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. Learn more about orientation.

Students admitted as World Scholars in fall 2019 will be invited to attend a pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Institute for Global Studies on Monday, June 24. 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. 1743 programming runs straight through the weekend, featuring tours and receptions as well as the annual candlelighting ceremony. For fall 2019, 1743 Welcome Days occurs Saturday, August 24 through Monday, August 26.

Who are we?

OTP
Staff

Heather A. Maginnis

Director
231 Trabant University Center

Brittany Acosta

Assistant Director
231 Trabant University Center

Kelli Murray

Program Coordinator
231 Trabant University Center

Christian A. Williams

Program Coordinator
231 Trabant University Center

Sherrylynn Pitts

Administrative Assistant
231 Trabant University Center

Abbey Goslin

NSO Coordinator
Majors: 2019 Graduate, Music

Josh Lewis

NSO Coordinator
Majors: Senior, Human Services

Jeremy Kuelker

Summit Coordinator
Majors: Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Sean McEvoy

Summit Coordinator
Majors: Junior, Chemical Engineering

Orientation
Leaders

Jackie Attardi

Year: Senior
Major: Environmental Studies

Alyssa Barnes

Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Blaike Bingaman

Year: Junior
Major: University Studies

Joanne Cheng

Year: Senior
Major: Biology & Neuroscience

Miles Evans

Year: Sophomore
Major: Political Science & History

Mecina Fellin

Year: Sophomore
Major: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Olivia Garvin

Year: Junior
Major: International Business

Loren Gross

Year: Senior
Major: Dietetics

Brody Hamilton

Year: Sophomore
Major: Public Policy

Jessica Harding

Year: Junior
Major: Energy & Environmental Policy Honors

Grace Hussar

Year: Sophomore
Major: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Olivia Ingman

Year: Sophomore
Major: Human Services

Brenda Juarez

Year: Senior
Major: Human Services

Dalton Key

Year: Junior
Major: Fashion Merchandising

Haley McAveney

Year: Junior
Major: English & Criminal Justice

Francisca Moreno

Year: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice

Allison Spiller

Year: Sophomore
Major: Nursing

Morgan Steele

Year: Sophomore
Major: Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Honors

Loren Tomlin

Year: Sophomore
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Woods

Year: Senior
Major: Exercise Science

Summit
Leaders

Emily Magoon

Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Cooper Rothman

Year: Junior
Major: Communication Interest Honors

Kelly Shouvlin

Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Teacher Education

Melissa Vorn

Year: Junior
Major: Wildlife Conservation

Welcome Ambassador
Captains

Phoebe Balascio

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Kyra Blaker

Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Teacher Education

Chris Pfeifer

Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Gabi Poletaev

Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Hannah Talcovitz

Year: Junior
Major: Health Behavioral 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.

#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
UD Career 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.