1. Is orientation required?
Yes, orientation is required for all new undergraduate students. NSO is an opportunity to learn valuable information about life on campus, including academics, involvement, and helpful services and resources.
2. How do I sign up for orientation?
Once your enrollment deposit is processed, you will receive a mailing from the NSO Office with specific details about how to sign up for orientation and register any guests who may be attending with you. The link to the NSO Registration Form is available through your My Blue Hen Home portal for enrolled students. For students admitted to spring 2016, the NSO registration form will open in late October.
3. Is there a fee for orientation?
Every new student is billed a non-refundable $145 NSO fee on their first tuition bill, regardless of program attendance; this fee covers the cost of NSO and the administration of the math placement exam. The non-refundable event fee for each family member attending NSO is $35; there is no charge for guests under the age of 10, however NSO is not be appropriate for siblings and young children because the program is designed for college students and their parents.
4. Can my family
attend orientation with me?
Yes! In fact, we encourage your parents or family to attend with you. Parents and family will have a separate day of programs and information sessions, occurring concurrently with your NSO, to help them prepare for your arrival on campus.
When registering for NSO, be sure to register your guests using the NSO Registration Form, accessed through your My Blue Hen Home portal. You may add guests to your reservation at any time by revisiting this form. Remember to print your guest registration email receipt as your parents or guests will be asked to present it when checking in at NSO.
5. How long is orientation?
NSO is a one-day program. You should plan to be on campus from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Sample schedules for both the student and family programs can be found on the "For Students" and "For Parents" pages. Please note: The schedules provided on this site are just a sample of the types of activities and sessions that may take place during your NSO.
6. If we are traveling to campus from
a distance and plan to stay overnight
in Newark, where can we stay?
The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware offers a special discount rate for families attending NSO. Please request the NSO rate when you call the hotel. The Courtyard Newark at UD is also offering an exciting program for UD Parents called the Very Important Parents (VIP) program. Visit the VIP Program for more Information on its benefits. Additional lodging options may be found online on UD's Visit Us Page.
7. As a transfer student,
do I still need to attend orientation?
Yes. Even though you may have attended an orientation program at your previous institution, it’s important that you learn about life as a new UD student.
8. When will I receive a tuition bill?
How do I pay the bill?
Tuition bills are emailed to students and payments are made online. Additional information about tuition and fee payments, instructions for payment online, and payment deadlines is available on the Student Financial Services website.
9. Where will NSO be held?
NSO will be held in the Trabant University Center, located at 17 West Main St, Newark, DE 19716. Be sure to enter the correct city and zip code when using a GPS device. Parking is only available in the Trabant Garage, adjacent to the Trabant University Center.
10. How do I change my NSO date?
If you are unable to attend NSO on your selected date, log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to revisit the NSO Registration Form. On the form, click the “Change” button located underneath your NSO date to review the alternate available dates for your College and major (if any). You must select one of the available dates listed for your College and major. If you questions about these NSO dates, please select the option "Need to Speak with NSO staff" on the registration form.
11. What should I bring with me to NSO?
There are several things you should bring with you to NSO in order to ensure a successful day on-campus. Please bring a government issued ID; your completed Immunization forms (if you have not yet mailed them to Student Health Services); and a sweater or light jacket because the air conditioning inside Trabant and other campus buildings gets VERY cold.
12. When will my roommate assignment
New students will receive an email regarding room assignments from Residence Life & Housing in late January. Additional information about living on campus is available at www.udel.edu/reslife/.
13. When do I move into my
The official move-in day for new UD students enrolled for spring 2016 is Sunday, February 7. To prepare, review the Move-In Guide available on the Residence Life & Housing website.