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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 NSO with specific details about how to sign up for orientation and register any family members or 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.

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, payable by credit card or online check through the NSO registration form. 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 family members to attend with you. Parents and family will have some separate information sessions, occurring concurrently with your NSO, to help them prepare for your transition to campus.

When registering for NSO, be sure to register your family members and 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 do I schedule my classes?

You must contact your College prior to NSO in order to schedule an academic advisement appointment. Contact information for your College is listed here; if you are unsure which College advises your major, please visit the University’s Catalog at academiccatalog.udel.edu/.

Once you contact your College, they will schedule you for an in-person or remote advising appointment in December or January, and there may be limited opportunities to meet with an academic advisor on your NSO day.

6. How long is orientation?

NSO is a one-day program. You should plan to be on campus from 8:30am to 3pm. Sample schedules for both the student and parent programs can be found on the "For Students" and "For Family" 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.

7. 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.

Other nearby hotels include the Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites on South College Ave.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. What if I'm unable to attend NSO?

If you are unable to attend NSO, log into your My Blue Hen Home portal to revisit the NSO Registration Form and cancel your registration. If you have questions about NSO, contact us at newstudentorientation@udel.edu or (302) 831-3313.

12. 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 and your completed Immunization forms (if you have not yet mailed them to Student Health Services).

13. When will my roommate assignment
      be available?

New students will receive an email regarding room assignments from Residence Life & Housing in late January or early February. Additional information about living on campus is available at www.udel.edu/reslife/.

14. When do I move into my
      residence hall?

The official move-in day for new UD students enrolled for spring 2017 is Sunday, February 5. To prepare, review the spring Move-In Guide on the Residence Life & Housing website.