Extended Orientation

Want more than just one day? Then attend an extended orientation! These cool opportunities provide incoming first year and transfer students with the ability to strengthen their transition to the University of Delaware through experiences that match their interests and abilities. While the approach may be different between the programs, the benefits are the same – new friends and mentors, great conversations and an opportunity to kick off their college experience with an adventure!

Summit

Extended New Student Orientation for New First Year Students

Summit is an extended outdoor orientation experience for first year students at the University of Delaware, designed to further ease the transition of new Blue Hens into the campus community. Summit is led by student leaders dedicated to fostering an environment where students can connect with their new peers in a fun and challenging way. Before and after they take to the trail, Summit participants will learn about themselves, each other, and the tips and tricks they need to be successful in their college journey.

As a result of this on- and off-campus adventure, you can:

  • create strong meaningful relationships with diverse peers and mentors, kick-starting your welcome to the University of Delaware community
  • engage in a process of self-discovery, considering what this next step in your life may mean to you and how you may choose to manage new opportunities and responsibilities
  • learn how to meet challenges with innovation and Fightin’ Blue Hen spirit, identifying the skills and resources you’ll need to be successful

Each Summit experience will consist of up to 12 first year students, as well as three of our Summit Leaders. These trained student guides, who are both Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, will take you safely across Maryland and into your first year of college. The Summit experience will start with two days of on-campus activities and backcountry lessons to prepare you for the adventure ahead. The next five days will be spent trekking the entire Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail.

Summit is available to all incoming first year students. Although you do not need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in Summit, you must be physically able to walk 8-10 miles per day. Over the course of the 5 days on the trail, students will hike approximately 50 miles and will be carrying all of their supplies in a backpack.

Trip Dates for Summit 2018:
•Trip 1: Sunday, August 5 – Saturday, August 11
•Trip 2: Tuesday, August 7 – Monday, August 13
•Trip 3: Wednesday, August 15 – Tuesday, August 21
•Trip 4: Friday, August 17 – Thursday, August 23

The 2018 Summit Application will be available from May 1 – July 11. Students selected to participate in Summit will be placed in one of these four trips based on the availability they indicated on their application. The cost to participate in Summit is $300.

Outdoor Gear:
Summit is available to all incoming first year students of every experience and skill level! As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit will require students to use both simple and technical backpacking equipment. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided with the necessary gear to function on the trail as a team. However, there will be a number of personal gear items that students must either bring themselves or rent from the NSO office. We will have backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and headlamps available for rent. You must have your own hiking boots and appropriate clothing for the trail.

A packing list of the clothing and equipment you will be expected to bring can be found in our Gear Guidelines [PDF]. If you are unsure whether what you already have is adequate after reading the Gear Guidelines, email us at newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit, feel free to call us at 302-831-3313 or email newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

Complete and submit your application to participate in Summit by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the link provided below.

To make the application process easier, please have responses prepared for the following questions prior to accessing the online application:

  • Why are you applying to attend an extended orientation/transition program, and what are you hoping to gain from participation?
  • As you prepare to enter college, what are you most anxious about? Most excited about?
  • Please rate your level of experience with outdoor activities (i.e. camping, backpacking, hiking, etc.). Attempt to rate your experience as accurately as possible, and please note that Summit seeks to include participants of all skill levels!
  • Please describe your rating above in greater detail. If you have outdoor experience, in what ways could you benefit/grow from the Summit experience? If you don’t have outdoor experience, what makes you excited about the Summit experience and exploring the outdoors?
  • If you could be any type of shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
  • Please add anything you would like us to know about you that we should consider in evaluating your application to be a Summit participant (optional questions).

Apply for Summit

QUEST Summer Leadership Experience

Extended Orientation/Transition Program for New First Year Students

Question in order to challenge the process
Understand that leadership is a quest, a journey towards self awareness
Explore possibilities
Serve others
Transform yourself and impact the world in positive ways

QUEST takes place the week before 1743 Welcome Days, and is an opportunity for first year UD students to get an early start in self-discovery and leadership development, in order to gain confidence that supports a successful student experience.

QUEST is ideal for students who are interested in developing leadership skills, and have a desire to engage in the UD community. As a result of this on- and off-campus adventure, you can:

  • foster connections among first year students, leadership mentors and staff
  • engage in experiences that contribute to an understanding of what it means to be a respectful and contributing member of a diverse community
  • identify personal goals and learn how personal awareness and decision-making can impact one’s ability to achieve success
  • understand that developing as a leader is a process that involves self awareness, relationships, skills, service to others and transformation.

Trip Date:
QUEST 2018 will take place from 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21 through 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 25.
The 2018 QUEST application will be available from May 1 – July 11. The cost to participate in QUEST is $475.

QUEST is offered through the University Student Centers’ Leadership Development office. Applications for new QUESTers are accepted for incoming first year students each summer. More information can be found on the USC’s QUEST page.

Complete and submit your application to participate in QUEST by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the link provided below.

To make the application process easier, please have your responses to the following questions prepared prior to accessing the online application:

  • Why are you applying to attend an extended orientation/transition program, and what are you hoping to gain from your participation?
  • As you prepare to enter college, what are you most anxious about? Most excited about?
  • What do you think are the 4 most important skills or characteristics for a leader to have? Discuss which of those skills/characteristics you have, and provide an example of how you have demonstrated one of them. Then discuss which of those skills/characteristics do you most need to develop and why?
  • Describe a situation where you experienced failure. Discuss how you handled the experience and what you learned from it.
  • Please add anything else about you that you feel we should know and that would make us want to choose you as a QUEST participant. (Optional)

Apply for QUEST

Summit by the Sea

Extended Transfer Student Orientation

Summit by the Sea is an extended orientation experience for students transferring into the University of Delaware, designed to further ease the transition of new transfer students into the campus community. Current UD students and staff facilitators will help you make meaningful connections with your peers as you spend the weekend beach camping and sea kayaking in one of Delaware’s beautiful state parks.

As a result of this on- and off-campus excursion, you can:

  • create strong meaningful relationships with a diverse set of fellow transfer students, kick-starting your welcome to the University of Delaware community
  • engage in a process of reflection as you connect your UD experience to other areas of your life, considering your reasons for transferring and how you will navigate this new opportunity and environment

Summit by the Sea takes place at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware. The state park is located about an hour and a half southeast of UD’s campus. The program is facilitated by two student leaders who are Wilderness First Responder trained, as well as a staff member from the Office of New Student Orientation. The Summit by the Sea experience will begin with a day and a half of on-campus activities, and end after 2 days spent camping beachside.

Trip Date:
Summit by the Sea 2018 will take place Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15.

The 2018 Summit by the Sea application will be available from May 1 – July 1. The cost to participate in Summit by the Sea is $150.

Outdoor Gear:
Summit by the Sea is available to all incoming transfer students. As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit by the Sea will require students to use outdoor equipment, such as kayaks, which will be provided. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided the necessary gear for their group (tents, camp stove, etc). However, students will also need personal gear items such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for this experience, all of which are available for rent from the NSO office if the student does not have their own gear.

A packing list will be provided to participants when they are notified of their selection.

Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit by the Sea, feel free to call us at 302-831-3313 or email newstudentorientation@udel.edu.

Complete and submit your application to participate in Summit by the Sea by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 1 at the link provided below. Applications will be reviewed upon this deadline, and students who have been selected to participate in Summit by the Sea will be contacted by email no later than Tuesday, July 3.

To make the application process easier, please have responses prepared for the following questions prior to accessing the online application:

  • Please rate your level of experience with outdoor activities (i.e. camping, backpacking, hiking, etc.). Attempt to rate your experience as accurately as possible, and please note that Summit by the Sea seeks to include participants of all skill levels!
  • Please describe your rating above in greater detail. If you have outdoor experience, in what ways could you benefit/grow from the Summit by the Sea experience? If you don’t have outdoor experience, what makes you excited about the Summit by the Sea experience?
  • Regarding transferring to UD, what are you most anxious about? Most excited about?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world for two weeks, where would you go and why?
  • Please add anything you would like us to know about you that we should consider in evaluating your application to be a Summit by the Sea participant (optional question).

Apply for Summit by the Sea