Welcome To Your Second Year!

Welcome to all second-year students! We are so excited to start this academic year with you and desire for you to thrive in all aspects of life. We are aware that your first-year experience was not typical, so we have compiled a list of resources to assist you in taking advantage of all the University has to offer, successfully transitioning to University life, and continuing your journey as a Blue Hen.

1743 Welcome Day Events

We would like to extend a special invitation to all second-year students to participate in the 1743 Welcome Days. As part of 1743 Welcome Days, the Twilight Induction Ceremony and Involvement Fair on Monday, August 30 are two of the cornerstone events to add great memories to your second year as a Blue Hen.

Sunday, August 29 is Sophomore Sunday!

Join us for the following sophomore focused events:

  • 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: “Where’s My Class?” Tours on Gore Hall Steps
  • 1–2 p.m.: “Sophomore Sunday: Peer Panel” in Perkins, West Lounge
  • 2–4 p.m.: “Sophomore Sundaes!” in Barnes & Noble Bookstore, UDairy Creamery on Main Street

Download the 1743 Welcome Days Guidebook App Now!

  1. Search for “Guidebook” in the Apple, Google, or Amazon app stores or visit: http://guidebook.com/getit
  2. Tap to download and install the Guidebook app.
  3. Tap the “Find Guides” icon on the bottom right of your display.
  4. Type in “2021 UD 1743 Welcome Days” in the search box.
  5. Tap “Download Guide” to download and open the guide.

Student Success

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Career Center

Your sophomore year is the perfect time to look for volunteer opportunities and internships. Search by your desired industry, location, and more on Handshake and apply directly to organizations of your choice. 

Still undecided on your career path? Choose a major that fits your personality and interests by taking a free PathwayU assessment to determine the right field of study for you.

Attend career fairs and meetups! With a full calendar of virtual events this fall, you have plenty of chances to network and form meaningful connections with employers in your industry. Don’t miss our two-day keystone event, the Fall 2021 Career & Internship Fairs. The All Career Communities Fair on September 22 and the Engineering, Science, and Technology Fair on September 23 allow you to learn more about organizations and positions that interest you and speak with employers in one-on-one or group sessions.

  • Center for Health Profession Studies – Medical Scholars applications are due in the Spring and advising takes place year-round. 
  • McNair Scholars – The application cycle begins in September for students who will have earned 60+ credits by May 31. 
  • Study Abroad – Study Abroad & Global Studies Fair takes place September 8 and some Winter & Spring 2022 program applications close on September 20. 
  • Undergraduate Research – Fall UDRAW program opens to work-study eligible students soon and advising takes place year-round. 


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It's okay to not be okay.

We all approach wellbeing in different ways. Whether you want to connect and process your experiences with others on a similar path, focus on the future or simply stay on your current path, your journey is valid and we’re here to support you in it. We hope you’ll check out the new Wellbeing Center in UD’s historic Warner Hall even if you don’t have any specific need for support right now. You’ll find space to hang out, conduct meetings, and attend events, alongside a full range of confidential services for health, wellness, sense of connection, and ability to thrive.

Uncertainty continues ahead until we can put the pandemic firmly behind us, so be sure to give yourself some grace and space as you head into this new semester, and remember why you were admitted to the University of Delaware: your unique qualifications and personality make you a great fit to thrive as a Blue Hen.

COVID-19 Era Support

The Center for Counseling and Student Development continues to enhance its web pages for COVID-19 Support, Self-Care, and Culturally Responsive Services with webinars and resources related to managing emotions, strengthening coping skills, connecting with peers, and more.

If you’re experiencing a financial crisis or otherwise struggling with access to housing, food, internet, or other basic needs, visit the Office of the Dean of Students for details about the Student Crisis Fund and Swipe Out Hunger.