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New students get off to a good start with DelaWorld

New student Brian Carroll of Scituate, Mass., (center) and his parents, Judy and Richard, attended opening day DelaWorld sessions Tuesday, June 24. Photo by Ivan Markos, AS 2003
11:20 a.m., June 26, 2003--DelaWorld 101 is the first important “course” for admitted freshmen and transfer students as they embark on their college careers. Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, from June 24 though July 22, except for July 4, DelaWorld 101 officially welcomes new students to UD and provides a one-day orientation for them and their parents.

(Click “The Faces of DelaWorld 2003” button at the top of this page and other UDaily articles to see some of the participants.)

The day begins with a continental breakfast and general welcome at 8:15 a.m. in the Trabant University Center. Then students and parents separate for specific programs, meet for lunch and later attend separate afternoon programs.

Students meet other new students and current UD students, learn about housing, campus life, technology and activities; meet an academic adviser and register for fall courses; obtain a UD#1 Card and PIN (personal identification number) for access to the student computing system; attend special information sessions on campus diversity, services for students with learning disabilities and student life; and attend DelaWorld’s Fair in the late afternoon.

The fair features representatives from athletics, music, religious organizations, student media and others, plus free ice cream and other giveaways.

Parents meet other parents, attend sessions on academic and student life, receive information about billing, financial aid, housing, student health, computing, banking, dining and other relevant topics and also attend DelaWorld’s Fair.

Approximately 500 persons attended the first day of DelaWorld on Tuesday, and a total of 10,000 are expected during the entire 20 days scheduled, according to Faye Duffy, senior associate director of Enrollment Services. In general, first-day participants were pleased with DelaWorld’s organization and the information they received, Duffy said, and many commented on how helpful UD students were in answering questions.

DelaWorld 101 is organized by college and the University Honors Program.

For more information, go to the DelaWorld web site at [www.udel.edu/delaworld].

Article by Sue Moncure