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We've been waiting for you!

The New Student Orientation (NSO) staff is pleased to welcome you to the University of Delaware! NSO's primary goal is to provide you and your family with the information and tools you need to explore UD's offerings, access important resources, learn about a wide range of activities and programs, and discover what it means to be a "Fightin' Blue Hen."

We hope this site will be your road map to a successful transition to the University. It is filled with important information about NSO and the University, including important updates about tasks you'll need to complete before arriving on campus.

We look forward to meeting you soon! 1743 Welcome Days: August 23-25


  • Winter NSO (students entering spring 2015)
    January 23
  • Winter ISO (international students entering spring 2015)
    February 6
  • Summer NSO (students entering fall 2015)
    June 23-July 22 (excluding July 3 & 6)
  • Summer TSO (transfer students entering fall 2015)
    July 8, 17, & 21
  • Summer ISO (international students entering fall 2015)
    August 28
  • Questions about NSO or ISO?
    Call (302) 831-3313 or email


New Student FAQs New Student Checklist Sample Student Schedule Student Resources Parking Map


What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is a one-day program, covering important topics such as student life, academics and registration, and safety and well-being. During your NSO day, you will meet your new classmates; learn about your College; receive academic advisement from a faculty member or graduate student to register for your first semester courses; obtain your student ID card; and interact with the orientation staff.

For students entering UD in the spring of 2015, Winter NSO will take place on Friday, January 23. For international undergraduates entering UD in the spring of 2015, International Student Orientation (ISO) will take place on Friday, February 6.

It is mandatory for every new student to attend NSO. If you have questions about the available NSO dates, please refer to the instructions on your NSO registration form in your My Blue Hen Home portal. In addition, refer to the New Student Checklist and Resources pages for information about how to prepare for your transition to UD.


New Student Checklist Sample NSO Student Schedule Parent Resources Parking Map

Welcome to the UD Family!

As the parent or family member of a new student, we recognize that the transition to the University of Delaware can be both exciting and stressful. We have created an orientation program just for you with important information to put your mind at ease and answer your questions, as well as prepare you to be the University's partner in promoting your student's independence and success.

Your orientation may be completely separate from your student's NSO, but the programs occur concurrently. Your day on campus for NSO begins in the Trabant University Center at 8:30am and ends by 3pm. Parking for NSO is only available in the Trabant Garage, adjacent to the Trabant University Center.


During NSO, you will have the opportunity to hear from a variety of faculty, staff and students about important processes, policies, resources and activities for your student. In the right hand box, click on the Sample Parent Schedule for a snapshot of what your day may include when attending NSO.


In order to attend NSO, your student must register each guest by completing the New Student Orientation (NSO) Registration Form, which will open by late April for enrolled students, and is accessed through your student's My Blue Hen Home portal. Each new student is billed a one-time, non-refundable $145 fee for NSO and the administration of the math placement exam ($120 for NSO and $25 for exam), regardless of program attendance. This fee will appear on your student's first semester bill. The non-refundable event fee per guest is $35, payable through the NSO Registration Form by credit card or online check. There is no fee for guests under the age of 10; however, NSO is not appropriate for siblings and young children as the program is designed for new college students and parents.

Additional information about your student's NSO and upcoming NSO dates are detailed here.


First Year Experience

All first-year students participate in a First Year Experience (FYE). The FYE is designed to help you succeed both academically and socially in your first year at UD. It will help you feel more at home on our campus while meeting other first year students, and learning about resources at UD.


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  • New Student Orientation  •   112 Perkins Student Center  •   Newark, DE 19716  •   USA
    Phone: (302) 831-3313  •   Fax: (302) 831-3308  •   © 2011