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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!

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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 first year and transfer students entering UD in the fall of 2016, there will be an abbreviated NSO on Thursday, August 25. For international undergraduates entering UD in the fall of 2016, International Student Orientation (ISO) will take place Thursday, August 25 through Friday, August 26.

It is mandatory for every new student to attend NSO. 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 4:30pm. 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 Family Schedule for a snapshot of what your day may include when attending NSO. Additional information about your student's NSO and upcoming NSO dates are detailed here.

In order to attend NSO, your student must register each family member by completing the New Student Orientation (NSO) Registration Form, which 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.


First Year Experience

The First Year Experience is your first step in an exciting educational journey that will help you find your place at the University of Delaware and build strong social and academic foundations. Included in your First Year Experience are New Student Orientation, 1743 Welcome Days, and the First Year Seminar in addition to other similar programs and events.


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