Welcome to the Blue Hen family!

We recognize that the transition to the University of Delaware can be both exciting and stressful for new students as well as their family members. We have created an orientation program just for you with important information to put your mind at ease and answer your questions, as well as prepare you to be the University’s partner in promoting your student’s independence and success.

During NSO, you will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of faculty, staff, and students about important processes, policies, resources, and activities for your student. Your orientation sessions may be separate from your student’s NSO, but the programs occur concurrently.

Family Orientation

Your day on campus for NSO begins in Trabant University Center at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 4:30 p.m.

Parking for NSO

Parking for NSO [PDF] is only available in Trabant Garage, adjacent to Trabant University Center.

Student Orientation Fee

Each new student is billed a one-time, mandatory fee, regardless of program attendance. This fee will appear on your student’s first semester bill. Additional information about your student’s NSO and upcoming NSO dates are detailed on the Orientation page.

Family and Guest Registration for NSO

In order for you to attend NSO, your student must register each family member by completing the New Student Orientation (NSO) Registration Form, which is accessed through your student’s My Blue Hen Home portal.

The non-refundable event fee per guest is $35, payable through the NSO Registration Form by credit card or online check. Students may add family members or guests up to 3 business days prior to their NSO date. After that time, you must call the NSO Office at 302-831-3313 or email newstudentorientation@udel.edu to add guests.

Guests under 10

There is no fee for guests under the age of 10; however, NSO is not appropriate for siblings and young children as the program is designed for new college students and parents.

Family Resources

Additional links that may be helpful to your student during their transition to the University of Delaware can be found in the Resources section.

Keep in Touch

University of Delaware Parents and Family Weekend with Division of Student Life

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