To officially accept your offer of admission to the University of Delaware, you MUST accomplish the following tasks. For questions prior to your arrival, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via live chat (Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. ∼ 5 p.m. US EST) at www.udel.edu/admissions . You can accomplish most tasks prior to arrival by using your custom portal at www.udel.edu/mybluehenhome
Incoming freshmen who are not married, and are under 21 must live in on-campus housing.
Sometimes students require specific housing accommodations, such as a single room, air conditioning, access to a kitchen, etc. because they have special requirements. Providing housing accommodations are one way Residence Life and Housing help students with specific requirements to have a fulfilling residential experience, just like their peers.
If you have a specific requirement or need, you are not alone! Many students require accommodations for various reasons. Conditions that might require accommodations include:
If you have a medical condition and you require housing accommodations, you must tell Residence Life and Housing in your housing application. You must complete a form with Disability Support Services (for physical, mental, or medical requirements) and Dining Services (for diet restrictions). There are special forms for these requests, and they are available in the housing application of the My Housing Portal. Medical documentation will need to be provided from a physician to support your request. Please see the Residence Life and Housing Apply for Housing and Housing Accomodations web pages for complete details.
Having a medical or dietary concern is not an excuse to live off campus. The University provides several services to assist students with a wide range of concerns so everyone can have a beneficial and positive residential experience. If you do not fill out the required forms and report your special requirements, you may have to wait for an available vacancy that will fit your needs. If you have questions about this policy, or if you are not sure whether your requirement qualifies for accommodations, visit Residence Life and Housing. They are excited to make your residential experience a great one!
All new undergraduate students are required to live in the residence halls to enjoy a true U.S. college experience. Learning to live with someone new is part of the university experience; however, Residence Life and Housing recognizes that some students would prefer to live with someone they know and make that selection themselves. Roommate selection is usually available in May, when the complete listing of the incoming freshmen class is finalized. Log onto www.udel.edu/mybluehenhome and access your housing preference form if you wish to choose a roommate. All roommate requests MUST be mutual.
If you do not make a request for a specific roommate, you are advised to complete the “Lifestyle Questionnaire” on the Housing Application. These questions are not meant to embarrass you, and there are no wrong answers. At UD, we have thousands of students to assign into rooms, and it is the goal of Residence Life and Housing to pair you with a roommate or roommates that have the same living habits as you. This way you can have the best experience possible. For help completing the lifestyle questions, refer to this website which explains each question, and gives you thoughts to consider: http://www.udel.edu/reslife/community_living/roommate_resources.html.
Living Learning Communities (LLC) provide the opportunity to become part of a unique experience with programs and facilities to advance the interests of the community members. Each LLC is connected with a specific academic unit or department that provides support to the residents in these communities and direction for developmental activities.
International House is a global community comprising University of Delaware International and Domestic Students. Residents of International House experience a rich, cultural exchange as well as participate in extended programming and community building. For information on the I-House and other Living Learning Experiences, please refer to the website: http://www.udel.edu/reslife/getting_involved/living_learning.html.
Costs for the 2012/2013 academic year are listed at www.udel.edu/oiss/information/costs.html. Actual year costs will be available online beginning in July. The University of Delaware uses an electronic billing process to bill all students for charges incurred. The ebill is accessible at www.udel.edu/paybill. Students receive a monthly e-mail notification sent to their preferred e-mail address when the bill is available so be sure to establish your pin and e-mail account before the Fall Semester bill is generated in July. You have the option of paying in full or paying by installments. Students also have the option of granting ebill access to their parent/guardian. See udel.edu/bill_coll for more information.
Once you have registered, you must financially clear your account in one of the following ways:
Mandatory medical insurance will be charged directly to you and will appear on your student bill. If you have questions about the billing and/or payment process, contact Student Financial Services at (302) 831-2126 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Students-Payment Deferment Option Until on Campus
you can defer payment until you are on campus or until a wired payment is processed. Please review the instructions below and follow the steps to financially clear your account and avoid late fees being applied.
You will get the following message which includes instructions if you choose to wire payments to Student Financial Services
Please note: Students should have U.S. currency available for travel expenses and any emergency that might occur between arrival at port of entry and arrival in Newark, Delaware.
Medical insurance is mandatory and will be charged directly on your bill. If a student chooses to substitute medical insurance from the home country that is comparable to the University-provided health insurance, the student must submit an insurance waiver form with proof of your medical insurance coverage. The waiver form is available on online (www.universityhealthplans.com). University Health plans will determine if the alternate insurance is adequate and if the charge can be waived. A waiver form is required each semester; therefore you will need to submit another waiver for the Spring 2013 semester, as well.
Students choosing to purchase health insurance at home prior to arriving on campus or students wishing to remain a part of their family’s health insurance policy should be aware of the following requirements that the University of Delaware uses in determining if a student’s insurance coverage is comparable to the University-provided coverage. Policies that do not meet the following requirements will not be accepted by the University, and students will be charged the mandatory fee on their University bill.
All admitted students are required to send the Admission Office an official final transcript of any college work completed, including college courses taken at institutions of higher learning while students are still in high school. Students wishing to receive college credit for coursework taken at a non-U.S. institution of higher education must have a Course-by-Course evaluation done by AACRAO via http://ies.aacrao.org/apply-udelaware/
For complete information on how credits from institutions outside of the U.S. may be transferred, please visit the University Transfer Center website at www.udel.edu/registrar/transfer/reeval.htmlThe University of Delaware also awards advanced standing credit for appropriate scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, as well grades attained on the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Advanced A Level exams. For more information, visit www.udel.edu/admisisons/for/advanced.html
If you are an undergraduate student, your academic advisor may contact you shortly after you deposit with the University of Delaware. He or she will assist you in selecting and registering for courses for the upcomming semester. For graduate students, your department may select courses on your behalf as well. Be sure to set up your University of Delaware e-mail account and check it regularly, as many University representatives will contact you with urgent issues. For undergraduate stduents, you may also check www.udel.edu/students/advisement.html. If you have not received information by August 1 from your academic advisor, please contact him or her immediately.
If you wish to send parcels to the University of Delaware prior to arrival, the parcels must be wrapped securely and marked clearly with your name, c/o General Services Building, Room 110, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-6410, USA. Or you may choose to shop for most necessities when you arrive in town. Please bring sufficient items for personal use as you might not be able to visit the stores here soon after your arrival. DO NOT bring or ship items that are easily available in the U.S. (utensils, food, school supplies etc.).
You should pack clothing with the following thoughts in mind: students in the U.S. tend to dress quite informally. Jeans, T-shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts are all very acceptable to wear around the campus and in class. The weather in Delaware requires both summer and winter clothing. Students have also found it useful and enjoyable to bring the national dress to wear on special occasions. Remember that you will be able to shop for clothing in the U.S. as well. The state of Delaware is “tax-free,” meaning that it does not charge a sales tax on many items, including clothing.
Most students coming to the University of Delaware arrive in the United States at JFK Airport in New York or Newark, New Jersey or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We recommend that you arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (airport code: PHL). If you are flying into New York, you should purchase an add-on ticket to Philadelphia from New York at the time you purchase your ticket to the U.S. It is more convenient and less expensive.
The University of Delaware campus is located in Newark, Delaware. You will need to make additional arrangements to travel from the airport to campus when you arrive in the U.S. Philadelphia International Airport is less than one hour away from campus while JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports are two/four hours from UD’s campus. Please note that Newark International Airport is in Newark, New Jersey and NOT in Newark, Delaware.
You should make plans to arrive at the University of Delaware on a weekday during normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). You must arrive in time to attend New Student Orientation and government check-in, so read your welcome packet information very carefully.
Undergraduate students can apply for temporary housing or early check-in by contacting Housing Assignment Services (http://www.udel.edu/has/movein/moveinday.html). You should be able to view your housing assignment after August 1 at www.udel.edu/mybluehenhome.Please contact our Housing Assignments Office at email@example.com and Ms. Jolene Moores will be able to tell you your residence hall assignment.
If you decide not to join the University of Delaware for the semester that you have been admitted, please return the I-20 or DS-2019 form and notify us as soon as possible . Should you decide to postpone your arrival date, please notify us as well as The Office of Graduate & Professional Education (for graduate students) or the Admissions Office (for undergraduate students), so that they can change your matriculation date. The Office of Graduate & Professional Education and the Admissions Office discard all applications of students who do not arrive and do not notify them of a change in plans. It would therefore be necessary for you to reapply.