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First Year Orientation

For first year students entering UD in spring 2021, NSO will be offered virtually in February 2021.

Your virtual NSO includes:

  • A synchronous orientation session through Zoom on Saturday, February 6 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for you and your family
  • An online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • An academic advising appointment within your chosen college
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to find the specific details and register for the live NSO on February 6!

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 with an advisor in your college to select your spring semester courses.

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

  • Complete your Math Placement Exam by February 2, 2021
  • 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 in late January or early February

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 fee for NSO, regardless of participation, which includes the math placement exam and new student programming in the spring 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. You’ll also be able to take advantage of live information sessions with other new Blue Hens to begin making connections and new friends.

The online orientation course is divided into six required sections:

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?!

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 Winter 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.

International Student Orientation

For international undergraduate students entering UD in spring 2021, International Student Orientation (ISO) takes place virtually on Friday, February 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. EST. ISO is mandatory for all international students who are new to the University of Delaware, and students must attend the program. Whether you are abroad or on the UD campus, ISO will be offered online via Zoom. Details to join the ISO Zoom rooms will be emailed to all new students.

All first year and transfer undergraduate international students must attend ISO. Visit the OISS website for program details and updates.

Prior to attending ISO, you must schedule an academic advisement appointment with your college to register for your academic courses. Contact information for all the colleges is available under New Student Resources.

In addition, new international students should take advantage of all virtual NSO opportunities, including:

  • A synchronous orientation session through Zoom on Saturday, February 6 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for you and your family
  • An online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • An academic advising appointment within your chosen college
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to find the specific details and register for the live NSO on February 6!

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

Specific details about the virtual orientation schedule for new international students will be shared via email. We recommend staying connected to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) for information related to your transition to UD.

Transfer Student Orientation

For transfer year students entering UD in spring 2021, NSO will be offered virtually in February 2021.

Your virtual NSO includes:

  • A synchronous orientation session through Zoom on Saturday, February 6 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. for you and your family
  • An online orientation course through Canvas, UD’s Learning Management System
  • An academic advising appointment within your chosen college
  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including housing, dining, student financial services and more

Log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to find the specific details and register for the live NSO on February 6!

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 with an advisor in your college to select your spring semester courses.

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

  • Complete your Math Placement Exam by February 2, 2021
  • 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 in late January or early February

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 fee for NSO, regardless of participation, which includes the math placement exam and new student programming in the spring 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 on campus. You’ll also be able to take advantage of live information sessions with other new Blue Hens to begin making connections and new friends.

The online orientation course is divided into six required sections:

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?!

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 Winter 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.

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