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.


How do I sign up for NSO sessions and events?

You can sign up for NSO sessions and events on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home. The NSO portal will open by April 2022.

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

The live NSO programs, offered virtually and in-person, will take place weekdays beginning June 21 through July 19. Visit your NSO portal when it opens in April on your My Blue Hen Home or the Orientation page for more details. You can choose to attend an in-person full-day or virtual half day orientation program.

Registration for live NSO programs will open in the NSO portal by April 2022.

Do family members need to attend a live NSO program?

While we encourage families to attend the live NSO program, either in-person or virtually, it is completely optional. As part of the live NSO program, families will attend overview sessions about academics, health and wellbeing, student life, and university resources. Please note that families will attend sessions separately from their students for the majority of the live orientation program.

Families will also have access to orientation content through the Blue Hen Family Hub throughout the summer, and they can choose to attend various virtual topical information sessions about housing, dining, student financial services, and more. Families of students starting at UD in fall 2022 will receive an invitation to join the Blue Hen Family Hub in mid-June 2022.

How do I access the online orientation course in Canvas?

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

Students entering in fall 2022 will have access to the course in mid-June.

When can I start the online orientation course in Canvas?

The online orientation course in Canvas will be available in mid-June for students beginning in fall 2022. New students will receive a course invitation at their UD email address on or after Tuesday, June 7, 2022 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.

Spring 2022 Orientation and Transition Programs student leaders group


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 2022, NSO will be offered as a hybrid experience, featuring in-person and virtual components. Log into the NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home when it opens in April for specific 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.

Spring 2022 Orientation and Transition Programs student leaders

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.

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

OTP Staff

Kelli Murray


Interim Director

Coleman Keith


Program Coordinator

Cole Guidry


Graduate Intern

Meg Herrmann


Graduate Intern

Student Coordinators

Ari Revilla


1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain

Year: Junior
Major: Medical Diagnostics; Pre-PA Concentration

Cam Harrington


1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain

Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Haley Kadin


1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain

Year: Senior
Major: Hospitality Business Management

Tynneqa Jefferies


1743 Welcome Ambassador Captain

Year: Junior
Major: Exercise Science

Conner Holm


NSO Student Coordinator

Year: Senior
Major: English & Biology

Sinit Abraham


NSO Student Coordinator

Year: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences

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.