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New Students - Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences

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New Student Orientation (NSO) Information

New Student Orientation (NSO) for students entering Fall 2019 will be held Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, July 24. 

International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. 

Students participating in UD's World Scholars program will attend orientation on Monday, June 24th.

The Orientation and Transition Programs Office (OTP) coordinates each day's activities for NSO. If you wish to visit the web site for the Office of New Student Orientation, please click HERE.

College of Arts & Sciences - New Student Advisement

New students should follow the instructions sent by OTP as well as materials sent by the College of Arts & Sciences. In advance of your advisement appointment and your NSO date, please be sure to complete all tasks listed in your My Blue Hen Home portal.

On this page, you can find information about how to prepare for your advisement appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences. You can also use the links at the left to find additional resources for freshmen and transfer students. We have included a New Student FAQ page to address common questions asked by new students.

How to Prepare

Your academic advisement appointment is a small part of your day, but a very big part of your transition to the University of Delaware. In order to get the most from your appointment, we recommend that you complete the following steps prior to NSO:

  1. Complete the Pre-Advisement Survey.   You will receive an email with a link to the online Pre-Advisement survey.  Please check the email you used when you applied to UD, not your new UD email, for the link and information about this survey.  A link to the survey will also be available in your My Blue Hen Home portal.  The survey will ask about your AP credit, transfer credit, language background and your interests in breadth courses. This information will help your advisor during your NSO advising appointment determine what courses are best for you to take during your first semester at UD. It will take you about 10-20 minutes to complete the survey.  Not completing the survey may put you at risk for not being registered for courses, so please complete it right away.
  2. Please contact the College Board and make sure you have all AP or IB test scores sent to the University of Delaware. Information about what scores are necessary to be granted credit at UD can be found on the Admissions Office website or by clicking HERE.
  3. Please make sure you have official transcripts of all previous college work sent to the University of Delaware so that the credits may be posted to your transcript. It would be helpful for you to bring a copy of your transcripts (unofficial is fine) or grade reports with you to your NSO advisement appointment. Additional information about transfer credits and how to have coursework evaluated can be found on our Transfer Students NSO resource page, and by visiting the Registrar's webpage for new students HERE.
  4. Take the Math Placement Exam, available through the My Blue Hen Home student portal. Before taking the exam, you can review more information HERE. Your placement in math is entirely dependent on how well you perform on this exam, as well as your intended major. Please take the exam when you are well rested, in an appropriate environment, and can devote your full attention to it.
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