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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 23, 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. 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.

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.

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 will be available on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home by mid-May. If you have questions in the meantime, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu.

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 23, 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. 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.

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.

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 will be available on the NSO portal within your My Blue Hen Home by mid-May. If you have questions in the meantime, contact Orientation and Transition Programs at otp@udel.edu.