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First Year Orientation

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to become a Blue Hen at the University of Delaware! To ease your transition to UD, we require that all new students participate in New Student Orientation (NSO), an experience designed to introduce you and your family to the UD community, help you learn everything you need to know to be successful, and welcome you to UD!

For new students entering UD in fall 2021, NSO will be offered in June-July 2021. Details about your summer NSO experience will be shared in late April on your My Blue Hen Home.

Your NSO experience includes:

  • A live half-day orientation program, which you can participate in on-campus or virtually, your choice!
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • A virtual academic advising appointment within your chosen college, and a live virtual Meet Your College academic information session
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more offered throughout July and August

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to view the NSO portal for the specific details and how to get started!

If you have any questions, contact us at otp@udel.edu.

Academic Advising

One of the major components of NSO is academic advising. You will meet virtually through Zoom with an advisor in your college to select your fall semester courses. Advisement appointments will occur weekdays from Monday, June 21, 2021 through Friday, July 23, 2021, with the exception of July 5. Appointments will last 15-60 minutes depending on your major, and for the best experience, you should plan to use a laptop or desktop computer.

Academic advising dates are specific to your college and major. If you need to change your major, please do so in your My Blue Hen Home prior to selecting an academic advising date.

To get started:

  • Log in to your My Blue Hen Home
  • Click on the yellow button to view the NSO portal page
  • View the Academic Advisement section and click on the registration link to see the available advisement appointments for your college and major

If you need to change your appointment date, you can do so through the “Edit Registration” link in your confirmation email. If you need assistance, contact OTP directly at otp@udel.edu.

For students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), you will receive an email from a CAS academic advisor after June 8, 2021 to schedule your academic advisement appointment. There will be a link in this email to log into Blue Hen Success, and once logged in, you will click on the the yellow bar at the top of the page to schedule your appointment. Be sure to regularly check your UD email for this important communication.

In addition to academic advising, your college will offer a live virtual Meet Your College session. Registration for this session will also be through the NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home. ​At this session, you will join academic advisors from your college and other incoming students to learn about the college, your general degree requirements, how advising works, and what to expect at your advising appointment.​

To make the most of your academic advisement appointment, make sure to:

  • Complete your Math Placement Assessment no later than June 17, 2021 or as soon as possible. Completion by this due date will ensure your ability to register for the fall 2021 semester.
  • View the Meet Your College section in the online orientation course and complete other tasks in that section of the course, and register to attend a live Meet Your College session

Questions about your college or major? Visit advising.udel.edu/contact-us/ for your college’s contact information.

New Student Orientation Fee
Each new student is billed a mandatory one-time $230 fee for NSO, regardless of participation, which includes the math placement program and new student programming in the fall semester. This fee will appear on your first semester bill.

Live NSO Program

As part of your NSO experience, you and your family are invited to attend a live NSO program, offered on-campus and virtually, to begin to learn about your Blue Hen community!

Live NSO programs will feature a welcome from UD administrators, opportunities to learn more about academic life, campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement. This program will also provide opportunities for you to meet other new students and our Orientation Leaders (OLs), as well as become familiar with campus and ask questions before classes begin.

You and your family members will choose to attend either a half-day in-person program on UD's Newark campus or a half-day virtual program beginning the week of June 21 through the end of July (with the exception of Monday, July 5).

On-campus programs will take place on the following weekdays:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 5 PM
  • Friday - 8:30 AM to 12 PM

Virtual programs will take place on Wednesday from 12 PM to 3 PM.

Specific details and registration for a live NSO program is available now on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home. You can also review the details for the in-person and virtual live programs by clicking on the tabs below.

If you have questions, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu.

In-person Live Program

The in-person program will take place in the Trabant University Center, and students and registered family members will receive specific details about program logistics, including health and safety guidelines, parking and check-in location, at the email addresses provided on the program registration form. 

Check-in will begin in Trabant 45 minutes prior to the program start time. Students and families will be required to comply with the following health and safety guidelines during the in-person program:

  • Complete the daily health screening the day of your NSO program.
  • When on campus, you must wear a mask while in UD buildings if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are not required indoors or outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated and able to maintain 3 feet of distance.

Students can register up to two adult family members or guests (16 years or older) to attend with you. The cost for each family member or guest is $20.

If you need to edit or reschedule your in-person program, use the Edit Registration link in your program confirmation email. If you wish to reschedule and attend a virtual live NSO program instead, you must first cancel your in-person program date using the same Edit Registration link in your confirmation email and then revisit this section of the NSO portal to select a virtual program date. 

Schedule Overview

Students and families will begin the program together, featuring a welcome from UD administrators and a session dedicated to academic success and expectations. Students will then attend separate sessions led by the Orientation Leaders (OLs) for the remainder of the program to begin to connect with other new Blue Hens. These sessions will involve walking around campus, so students should plan to wear comfortable footwear. 

While students meet with the OLs, families will stay in Trabant to learn about campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement from UD staff and administrators, in addition to hearing from student leaders about their experience as Blue Hens. Sessions about specific topics and resources such as residence life and housing, dining, student financial services, and campus safety will be offered as individual virtual sessions throughout the summer. 

Students and families will then reconnect at the UD Barnes & Noble Bookstore to enjoy UDairy ice cream before the program concludes. 

In addition, plan to enjoy a meal on Newark’s Main Street before or after your program. While light refreshments will be provided during the program, our downtown Newark partners are excited to offer you discounted dining options at several restaurants to complete your visit.

Virtual Live Program

The virtual program will take place via Zoom, and students and registered family members will receive the Zoom webinar link at the email addresses provided on the program registration form. Students should plan to log into Zoom with your UD credentials, and we recommend you review the UD Zoom Student Guide in advance to learn how to connect to Zoom. 

There is no guest fee or limit for family members or guests attending the virtual program.

If you need to edit or reschedule your virtual live NSO program date, use the Edit Registration link in your program confirmation email. If you wish to reschedule and attend an in-person live NSO program instead, you must first cancel your virtual program date using the same Edit Registration link in your confirmation email and then revisiting this section of the NSO portal to select an in-person program date. 

Schedule Overview 

Students and families will begin the program together, featuring a welcome from UD administrators and a session dedicated to academic success and expectations. Students will then attend a session led by the Orientation Leaders (OLs) and begin to make connections with other new Blue Hens and learn the ins and outs of being an UD student. 

While students meet with the OLs, families will learn about campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement from UD staff and administrators, in addition to hearing from student leaders about their experience as Blue Hens. Sessions about specific topics and resources such as residence life and housing, dining, student financial services, and campus safety will be offered as individual virtual sessions throughout the summer.

Students and families will then reconnect to attend a final question and answer session with OLs and UD staff for final questions before the virtual program concludes. 

Because students and families will attend separate sessions for part of the virtual program, we recommend that you plan to use different devices to participate in the program, and students should try to use a laptop or desktop computer if possible as your OL-led sessions will be interactive.

Orientation Course

The online orientation course is your roadmap to becoming a successful Blue Hen, and this self-paced, virtual experience will give you an opportunity to learn and explore, while accomplishing important tasks to ensure you’re prepared for your first year.

The online orientation course is divided into six required sections. Your first three sections will be available to you in June, while the remaining sections will be available in July:

  • Section 1: Welcome to UD! An overview of how to navigate online orientation
  • Section 2: Important Academic Information & Resources
  • Section 3: Meet your College
  • Section 4: Blue Hen 101
  • Section 5: Health & Wellbeing
  • Section 6: What’s Next?!

You will receive a course invitation at your UD email address on or around Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

To start the online orientation course, log in to Canvas, UD’s learning management system, with your UD email and password. If you have not set up your UD email address, log in to your My Blue Hen Home portal to do so. Once you are logged into Canvas, from the Dashboard select the NSO Summer 2021 course and get started with Section 1.

To access Canvas, you will also need to set up your Two-Factor Authentication, and instructions can be found at this link.

If you have any issues accessing Canvas or the course sections, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu. If you encounter issues setting up your UD email address or two-factor authentication, contact Information Technologies (IT) at askit@udel.edu or 302-831-6000.

Fall 2021
The on-campus housing application is open! 48 hours after you deposit to the University and set up your UD email, UDelNetID and password, you can access the application through the My Housing portal.

The priority deadline is Monday, May 17. Housing accommodation requests through Disability Support Services or Dining Services accommodations must also be submitted by this date. Updates will be available through your UD email and the Residence Life & Housing website.

Applications are not first come, first served. However, you must apply by the priority deadline to request a specific roommate or apply to a Living Learning or Theme Housing Community. Students can apply after the deadline, but will miss out on these opportunities. Explore the vibrant student communities on the Residence Life & Housing website.

Students who wish to commute must fill out the First-Year Commuter form, also found on the My Housing portal. All fall first-year students are guaranteed housing and required to live on campus unless they maintain a permanent residence with a parent or guardian within the 30-mile commute radius of campus.

The Student Housing Contract is a legally binding contract. Get all the details about applying for housing at udel.edu/005343.

Visit Residence Life and Housing for more details.

International Student Orientation

For new undergraduate international students entering UD in fall 2021, NSO will be offered in June-July 2021. Details about your summer NSO experience will be shared in late April on your My Blue Hen Home. Visit the First Year or Transfer sections to learn more about your NSO!

International students will also have opportunities to connect with the Center for Global Programs and Services to prepare for your arrival on campus. Additional information about a specific international student orientation session will be available in June 2021.

If you have any questions, contact us at otp@udel.edu.

Transfer Student Orientation

We’re so excited that you’ve decided to become a Blue Hen at the University of Delaware! To ease your transition to UD, we require that all new students participate in New Student Orientation (NSO), an experience designed to introduce you and your family to the UD community, help you learn everything you need to know to be successful, and welcome you to UD!

For new transfer students entering UD in fall 2021, NSO will be offered in June-July 2021. Details about your summer NSO experience will be shared in late April on your My Blue Hen Home.

Your NSO experience includes:

  • A live half-day orientation program, which you can participate in on-campus or virtually, your choice!
  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • An academic advising appointment within your chosen college, and a live virtual Meet Your College academic information session
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more offered throughout July and August

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to view the NSO portal for the specific details and how to get started!

If you have any questions, contact us at otp@udel.edu.

Academic Advising

One of the major components of NSO is academic advising. You will meet virtually through Zoom with an advisor in your college to select your fall semester courses. Advisement appointments will occur weekdays from Monday, June 21, 2021 through Friday, July 23, 2021, with the exception of July 5. Appointments will last 15-60 minutes depending on your major, and for the best experience, you should plan to use a laptop or desktop computer.

Academic advising dates are specific to your college and major. If you need to change your major, please do so in your My Blue Hen Home prior to selecting an academic advising date.

To get started:

  • Log in to your My Blue Hen Home
  • Click on the yellow button to view the NSO portal page
  • View the Academic Advisement section and click on the registration link to see the available advisement appointments for your college and major

If you need to change your appointment date, you can do so through the “Edit Registration” link in your confirmation email. If you need assistance, contact OTP directly at otp@udel.edu.

For students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), you will receive an email from a CAS academic advisor after June 8, 2021 to schedule your academic advisement appointment. There will be a link in this email to log into Blue Hen Success, and once logged in, you will click on the the yellow bar at the top of the page to schedule your appointment. Be sure to regularly check your UD email for this important communication.

In addition to academic advising, your college will offer a live virtual Meet Your College session. Registration for this session will also be through the NSO portal on your My Blue Hen Home. ​At this session, you will join academic advisors from your college and other incoming students to learn about the college, your general degree requirements, how advising works, and what to expect at your advising appointment.​

To make the most of your academic advisement appointment, make sure to:

  • Complete your Math Placement Assessment no later than June 17, 2021 or as soon as possible. Completion by this due date will ensure your ability to register for the fall 2021 semester.
  • View the Meet Your College section in the online orientation course and complete other tasks in that section of the course, and register to attend a live Meet Your College session

Questions about your college or major? Visit advising.udel.edu/contact-us/ for your college’s contact information.

New Student Orientation Fee
Each new student is billed a mandatory one-time $230 fee for NSO, regardless of participation, which includes the math placement program and new student programming in the fall semester. This fee will appear on your first semester bill.

Live NSO Program

As part of your NSO experience, you and your family are invited to attend a live NSO program, offered on-campus and virtually, to begin to learn about your Blue Hen community!

Live NSO programs will feature a welcome from UD administrators, opportunities to learn more about academic life, campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement. This program will also provide opportunities for you to meet other new students and our Orientation Leaders (OLs), as well as become familiar with campus and ask questions before classes begin.

You and your family members will choose to attend either a half-day in-person program on UD's Newark campus or a half-day virtual program beginning the week of June 21 through the end of July (with the exception of Monday, July 5).

On-campus programs will take place on the following weekdays:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 8:30 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 5 PM
  • Friday - 8:30 AM to 12 PM

Virtual programs will take place on Wednesday from 12 PM to 3 PM.

Specific details and registration for a live NSO program is available now on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home. You can also review the details for the in-person and virtual live programs by clicking on the tabs below.

If you have questions, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu.

In-person Live Program

The in-person program will take place in the Trabant University Center, and students and registered family members will receive specific details about program logistics, including health and safety guidelines, parking and check-in location, at the email addresses provided on the program registration form. 

Check-in will begin in Trabant 45 minutes prior to the program start time. Students and families will be required to comply with the following health and safety guidelines during the in-person program:

  • Complete the daily health screening the day of your NSO program.
  • When on campus, you must wear a mask while in UD buildings if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Masks are not required indoors or outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated and able to maintain 3 feet of distance.

Students can register up to two adult family members or guests (16 years or older) to attend with you. The cost for each family member or guest is $20.

If you need to edit or reschedule your in-person program, use the Edit Registration link in your program confirmation email. If you wish to reschedule and attend a virtual live NSO program instead, you must first cancel your in-person program date using the same Edit Registration link in your confirmation email and then revisit this section of the NSO portal to select a virtual program date. 

Schedule Overview

Students and families will begin the program together, featuring a welcome from UD administrators and a session dedicated to academic success and expectations. Students will then attend separate sessions led by the Orientation Leaders (OLs) for the remainder of the program to begin to connect with other new Blue Hens. These sessions will involve walking around campus, so students should plan to wear comfortable footwear. 

While students meet with the OLs, families will stay in Trabant to learn about campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement from UD staff and administrators, in addition to hearing from student leaders about their experience as Blue Hens. Sessions about specific topics and resources such as residence life and housing, dining, student financial services, and campus safety will be offered as individual virtual sessions throughout the summer. 

Students and families will then reconnect at the UD Barnes & Noble Bookstore to enjoy UDairy ice cream before the program concludes. 

In addition, plan to enjoy a meal on Newark’s Main Street before or after your program. While light refreshments will be provided during the program, our downtown Newark partners are excited to offer you discounted dining options at several restaurants to complete your visit.

Virtual Live Program

The virtual program will take place via Zoom, and students and registered family members will receive the Zoom webinar link at the email addresses provided on the program registration form. Students should plan to log into Zoom with your UD credentials, and we recommend you review the UD Zoom Student Guide in advance to learn how to connect to Zoom. 

There is no guest fee or limit for family members or guests attending the virtual program.

If you need to edit or reschedule your virtual live NSO program date, use the Edit Registration link in your program confirmation email. If you wish to reschedule and attend an in-person live NSO program instead, you must first cancel your virtual program date using the same Edit Registration link in your confirmation email and then revisiting this section of the NSO portal to select an in-person program date. 

Schedule Overview 

Students and families will begin the program together, featuring a welcome from UD administrators and a session dedicated to academic success and expectations. Students will then attend a session led by the Orientation Leaders (OLs) and begin to make connections with other new Blue Hens and learn the ins and outs of being an UD student. 

While students meet with the OLs, families will learn about campus involvement, wellbeing, and family engagement from UD staff and administrators, in addition to hearing from student leaders about their experience as Blue Hens. Sessions about specific topics and resources such as residence life and housing, dining, student financial services, and campus safety will be offered as individual virtual sessions throughout the summer.

Students and families will then reconnect to attend a final question and answer session with OLs and UD staff for final questions before the virtual program concludes. 

Because students and families will attend separate sessions for part of the virtual program, we recommend that you plan to use different devices to participate in the program, and students should try to use a laptop or desktop computer if possible as your OL-led sessions will be interactive.

Orientation Course

The online orientation course is your roadmap to becoming a successful Blue Hen, and this self-paced, virtual experience will give you an opportunity to learn and explore, while accomplishing important tasks to ensure you’re prepared for your first year.

The online orientation course is divided into six required sections. Your first three sections will be available to you in June, while the remaining sections will be available in July:

  • Section 1: Welcome to UD! An overview of how to navigate online orientation
  • Section 2: Important Academic Information & Resources
  • Section 3: Meet your College
  • Section 4: Blue Hen 101
  • Section 5: Health & Wellbeing
  • Section 6: What’s Next?!

You will receive a course invitation at your UD email address on or around Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

To start the online orientation course, log in to Canvas, UD’s learning management system, with your UD email and password. If you have not set up your UD email address, log in to your My Blue Hen Home portal to do so. Once you are logged into Canvas, from the Dashboard select the NSO Summer 2021 course and get started with Section 1.

To access Canvas, you will also need to set up your Two-Factor Authentication, and instructions can be found at this link.

If you have any issues accessing Canvas or the course sections, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu. If you encounter issues setting up your UD email address or two-factor authentication, contact Information Technologies (IT) at askit@udel.edu or 302-831-6000.