Extended Orientation Opportunities
We encourage you to make a bold leap into your college experience by participating in one of two additional programs before 1743 Welcome Days, Summit and Quest, which both allow students the opportunity to start a journey towards self-discovery and personal development.
For transfer students, we encourage you to consider participating in Summit by the Sea!
For information about Quest, visit www.udel.edu/bhlp/quest.
FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Summit is an extended outdoor orientation experience designed specifically for new first year students at the University of Delaware. Summit will help to further ease your transition into our campus community and your college experience. As part of the First Year Experience (FYE), this outdoor excursion offers you the unique opportunity to connect with your new classmates in a fun and challenging environment, allowing you to learn more about yourself and develop the confidence and skills you need to successfully navigate your first year at UD.
Here's what Summit will do for you:
Each Summit experience will be consist of up to 12 first-year students, as well as three of our Summit Leaders. These trained student guides, who are both Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, will take you safely across Maryland and into your freshman year of college. The Summit experience will start with two days of on-campus activities and backcountry lessons to prepare you for the adventure ahead. The next five days will be spent trekking the entire Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Summit is available to all incoming freshmen. Although you do not need to be an experienced backpacker to participate in Summit, you must be physically able to walk 8-10 miles per day. Over the course of the 5 days on the trail, students will hike approximately 50 miles and will be carrying all of their supplies in a backpack.
Summit is available to all incoming freshmen of every experience and skill level! As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit will require students to use both simple and technical backpacking equipment. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided with the necessary gear to function on the trail as a team. However, there will be a number of personal gear items that students must either bring themselves or rent from the NSO office. We will have backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and headlamps available for rent. You must have your own hiking boots and appropriate clothing for the trail.
A packing list of the clothing and equipment you will be expected to bring can be found in our Gear Guidelines. If you are unsure whether what you already have is adequate after reading the Gear Guidelines, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can't find an answer to your specific question, feel free to call us at (302) 831-3313 or email email@example.com.
Summit by the Sea is an outdoor extended orientation experience designed specifically for new transfer students at the University of Delaware. Summit by the Sea will help to ease your transition into our campus community and allow you to make meaningful connections with your peers all while spending the weekend beach camping & sea kayaking at Camp Henlopen State Park in Lewes Beach, DE.
Here's what Summit by the Sea will do for you:
Summit by the Sea is available to all incoming transfer students. As an extended outdoor orientation program, Summit by the Sea will require students to use outdoor equipment, such as kayaks, which will be provided. During the experience, students will be separated into tent groups and provided the necessary gear for their group (tents, camp stove, etc). However, students will also need personal gear items such as a backpack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for this experience, all of which are available for rent from the NSO office if the student does not have their own gear.
A packing list will be provided to participants when they are notified of their selection.
Still have questions?
If you have additional questions about Summit by the Sea, feel free to call us at (302) 831-3313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.