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New Students - Welcome to the College of Arts & Sciences

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New Student Orientation Information

New Student Orientation (NSO) for students entering Fall 2017 will be held Tuesday, June 20 through Wednesday, July 19. 

International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held on Friday, August 25.

The NSO Office coordinates each day's activities and handles all reservations 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 the Office of New Student Orientation 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. 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 Worksheet Fall 2017. This will be mailed to you along with the welcome note from our College. In order to complete the worksheet, you will also need a list of breadth courses found here: Fall 2017 Breadth List.  For some students (select majors: MUSC, COMI, BISC), the pre-advisement worksheet will be completed online and will be emailed to you in early June.  If you are not able to complete the online survey, you should complete the paper version.
  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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