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.

Orientation Information for spring 2020

 

Orientation for new first year and transfer students beginning in spring 2020 will be Friday, February 7. Registration will open by December.

New international students beginning in spring 2020 will attend ISO on Thursday, February 6 and Friday, February 7.

Returning World Scholars and Delaware in D.C. students will attend NSO on Thursday, February 6.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Extended Orientation

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.

Who are we?

OTP
Staff

Heather Kovanic

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

Joanne Cheng

NSO Coordinator
Class Year: Senior
Majors: Biology & Neuroscience

Francisca Moreno

NSO Coordinator
Class Year: Sophomore
Majors: Criminal Justice

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
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.