New Student Orientation 2014

Welcome to the University of Delaware Honors Program community!

The Honors staff and Honors Peer Advisors (HPAs) are thrilled you will be joining the Honors community this fall. We hope you are just as excited!

Here is what you can do to get the most out of our day together:

Assignment # 1: Read carefully the NSO Newsletter and accompanying Honors letter. It will provide you with a clear check list and time line of your responsibilities.

Assignment #2: Register for an Honors NSO date. Instructions are in your NSO newsletter. Your available NSO dates are based on your current academic major and the availability of faculty and staff advisors.

  • If you change your major after you select an NSO date, please contact the Honors Program Office at Since your major influences availability, this may require a new NSO date.
  • If you are unable to attend NSO on any of the available dates listed or there are no available dates for your major, please select the "Need to speak with NSO Staff" option and provide relevant details about your conflict. The Honors Program coordinates dates for all new Honors students and will attempt to schedule you for an alternate date, but your options will be limited to advisor and academic college availability. We strongly recommend you select your NSO date no later than Friday, June 6, 2014.

Assignment #3: Take your Math Placement Exam (no later than June 1st!) to learn if you should take the Honors Calculus Placement Test.

  • Only students who have earned a 5 on the AP Calc AB or AP Calc BC exam are exempt from taking the placement test. If you have not received your AP score yet you must take the Math Placement Exam. Click here to see the AP Exam course equivalents for those entering UD in the fall of 2014. Those that place into Calculus, who have a 5 on either Calc AB or Calc BC (or anticipate a 5) should take the Honors Calculus Placement Test (print it here).

Assignment #4: Get to know your Honors Peer Advisors! The HPAs will help you with academic information and orient you to the Honors First Year Experience.

Assignment #5: Complete and submit the Student Health & Immunization Forms included with the NSO newsletter.

Midterm: Complete the Honors Worksheet emailed to you. Make sure you follow the specific link since the worksheets are college and major specific.

Final: Look in your inbox for instructions on the last steps you need to take before your NSO date arrives. Complete the Pre-NSO Survey, the Colloquium/Honors E110 interest form (see Colloquia descriptions and E110 descriptions), and Music Study interest form, if applicable. Contact with any questions or problems with the forms.

The Honors Program Staff looks forward to meeting you this summer!

Get to Know the Munson Fellows

Munson Fellows are upper- classmen who live with Honors Freshmen in the newly-built Louis L. Redding Residence Hall. In addition to serving as liasions with the Honors Program, the Fellows serve as academic resources for Honors freshmen.

The Munson Fellows are named in honor of Dr. Burnaby Munson, a veteran chemistry professor who has been involved with the Honors Program since its inception, served as Director (1986-1989), and still hosts Wednesday Night Study Breaks in Redding Lounge.

Madison Gutekunst ('17)

Merrimack, NH


Madison's advice to new students: "Take full advantage of all of the programs that take place for Honors Students and the amenities that they have in Redding!"

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