SAPA’s Back-to-School Checklist

Back to school season is upon us!  The shopping may have begun early, whether due to hot weather, clearance sales, or tax breaks – but there is still plenty to do.  The checklist below covers the top to-do items on the minds of the SAPA Board. The checklist also includes a number of where-to/how-to-find items based on questions asked by incoming students.  Comment below with anything you think we missed.

Find a place to call home.  We have a great housing overview on the SAPA website. For off-campus housing listings, UD’s Housing Assignment Services has a new service called Places4Students.


Get your graduate student parking permit – you can buy your permit online. Returning students: Be prepared for Pearson Lot changes.


No car? Check out UD shuttle routes. Included are UNICITY routes co-operated by the City of Newark (Newark also offers a bike map through this site).


Check out your Student Financial Services statement, available at Student Financial Services via the My Finances link.


If you are new to UD, be sure to get your student ID made at the Student Services Building.  If you finished your undergrad at UD recently, the old card will be re-instated and will be back up and running about a week before classes start.


Make sure to set up your student health insurance plan, and get the details on what has changed since last year.


New Public Administration Fellows should plan to attend the Institute for Public Administration’s Orientation will be on August 23rd. Expect a guest appearance from a few of us.


Do you have a graduate contract?  Onboarding will go on in the Rodney Room in Perkins Student Center on August 24th, 8:30 am to 5 pm.  Human Resources provides its own downloadable PDF checklist that you can use to prepare for onboarding.


The required International Student Orientation for new students and scholars will be held on August 24th, 8:30am to 12:00pm in Clayton Hall Room 101 A & B.  International students can contact the Office for International Students & Scholars with any questions.


SPPA’s new graduate student orientation will be held on August 27th at 10:00 am in 106 Composites Manufacturing Science Lab. The SAPA Board will be around throughout the day to say hello. Click here to view the all-day agenda for SPPA’s New Graduate Student Orientation.


Join us for the SPPA / SAPA Friends and Family Back-to-School Picnic on September 7th from 5:00 pm to dusk at Handloff Park and get to know staff, faculty and new and returning students.


Have questions? Post them to the SAPA Facebook page.  We also have a great Guide to Life at UD on the SAPA website.



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