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The New Student Orientation (NSO) 2024 Leaders are gearing up for another summer. NSO starts on Monday, June 17.
The New Student Orientation (NSO) 2024 Leaders are gearing up for another summer. NSO starts on Monday, June 17.

New Student Orientation

Photo by Kathy F. Atkinson

What students and parents can expect when they visit campus in person or virtually to prepare for 2024-25

The University of Delaware’s office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) will welcome the newest Blue Hens and their families to the community during the summer. New Student Orientation (NSO) serves as a student’s roadmap to becoming a successful Blue Hen, and this summer’s experience has been designed to best meet the needs of students and their families. 

NSO Student Coordinators and Orientation Leaders — upperclassmen who will lead groups of new students around campus — shared their excitement for this season’s program. 

“NSO offers students opportunities to engage with campus and get a feeling of their new home before classes begin,” said junior psychology major Dakota Galangue. “It's rewarding to help incoming students feel welcome before they join our community.”

“First impressions are so impactful," said junior political science and biology major Katie Martin. “I really look forward to working orientations because I love to have an impact on the campus community and get to witness our new generations of Blue Hens fall in love with campus like I did.”

The NSO 2024 experience for new first-year and transfer students on the Newark campus includes:

  • A live orientation program, which students and families can participate in either on campus or virtually. These programs, beginning Monday, June 17, and running through Friday, July 19, will occur on weekdays (except for Wednesday, June 19; Thursday, July 4; and Friday, July 5). Students can view the details and register to attend through the NSO portal within their My Blue Hen Home.

  • A self-paced online orientation course through Canvas, UD's Learning Management System. The course will open in mid-June, and students will receive a course invitation at their UD email account after Thursday, June 6.

  • A virtual academic advising appointment within their chosen college, as well as the opportunity to participate in a virtual pre-advisement session with their chosen college. Advising appointments begin in mid-June and run through July. 

  • A variety of live Zoom information sessions about important topics, including residence life and housing, dining, student financial services and more, offered throughout July and August.

Details about these experiences have been shared with new students through the NSO portal page within their My Blue Hen Home, and with students and families through email. Families will be able to join their students at the live in-person or virtual NSO programs, as well as opt into any live info sessions offered throughout the summer. OTP will continue to send a series of weekly email orientation communications to families through the Blue Hen Family Hub, which they will be invited to join in mid-June.

If members of the UD community have any questions or receive questions from staff or students, please contact OTP at otp@udel.edu.

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