For U.S. Students
- Register for New Student Orientation
- The Math Placement Assessment must be taken by June 19, 2019. Failure to place in the appropriate math course could impact your ability to graduate in four years. For more information, go to www.math.udel.edu and choose UD Math Placement from the Courses & Placement button.
- When you attend New Student Orientation, you will meet with an advisor to select your Fall Semester courses.
- If you have AP, IB or college credit, make sure to bring documentation with you to New Student Orientation. For more information, visit http://www1.udel.edu/registrar/transfer/
Frequently Asked Questions
- Students can double major (combining majors within the Lerner College of Business) with proper planning. Students typically use summer and winter sessions (or AP/IB/transfer credits) to complete any potential extra coursework in a timely manner. It is also possible to pursue a double major across Colleges with careful planning.
- Students can pursue a double degree (Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science). However, this combination typically requires many additional courses beyond what is required for the first degree option. Due to the number of credits involved with this option, students often need more than 4 years to complete a double degree.
- Students can choose to add a Lerner College minor or add a minor from outside of the college. Students can complete the minor requirements with a minimum number of extra courses by efficiently using breadth and free elective courses in consultation with an advisor.
- Check each course syllabus for attendance policies.
- Each professor defines attendance policies for his/her class and ultimately determines whether or not a student will be excused from class and/or assignments/tests.
- If you know in advance of a scheduled absence, contact your professor as soon as possible.
- If you miss class due to prolonged illness, bring official documentation from a medical health professional listing the dates of absence to the Senior Assistant Dean, Marcia Rollison, 103 Lerner Hall, as soon as possible after the illness. You may also email your documentation to LernerExcusedAbsence@udel.edu. Dean Rollison will email the faculty requesting an excused absence.
- Again, it is ultimately the professor who will determine whether or not a student will be excused from class and permitted to make up any missed work.
- Refer to the undergraduate catalog for the official university attendance policy.
- A normal course load for a full-time undergraduate student consists of four or five academic courses (12-17 credits).
- If you take less than 12 credits, you are considered a part-time student. See your advisor if you have any questions.
- Some courses require students to register separately for a discussion section.
- Some professors use it as an additional class meeting and some professors have a teaching assistant review class material during this time.
- Students may choose to take one free elective course on a pass/fail basis each term.
- If the student passes, the course is not calculated in the grade point average (GPA); however, if the student fails, a failing grade is calculated in the GPA.
- Credits earned in this way count ONLY as free electives.
- Registration in a course without credit or grade, but class attendance required.
- Counted the same as registration for credit for the purpose of determining course load and tuition.
- Any student may take online courses without permission during the winter and summer sessions provided they are in good academic standing.
- Upperclassmen may take up to two courses online during the fall and spring semesters provided they are in good academic standing and meet department criteria.
- Some majors restrict certain online courses http://www.pcs.udel.edu/registration-permission-online-courses/
AP/IB and Transfer Credit
University Graduation Requirements
- An FYE (first-year experience course) is a university requirement for graduation
- Business majors take BUAD110 “Basics of Business”
- Transfer students that have completed at least one full semester at another college or university are exempt from this requirement
- It is a 3-credit university requirement for graduation
- Approved courses stress multicultural, ethnic and/or gender-related content
- Only course sections that are designated as multicultural on UDSIS and taken for standard grading may be used to fulfill this requirement
- It is a 1-3-credit university requirement for graduation
- It is a designed to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from coursework in the major
- It is a 3-credit university requirement for graduation
- It is experiential learning involving instructional experiences out of class
- Ways that students can satisfy this requirement are by either studying abroad, getting credit for an internship, or taking a course that is designated a DLE
- All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits from the list of University breadth courses which teach knowledge across diverse fields and perspectives. This includes 3 credits from each of the following categories:
Creative Arts and Humanities (3 credits)
Courses provide an understanding & appreciation of the visual and performing arts, aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship; or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions
History and Cultural Change (3 credits)
Courses provide an understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. May address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, political development, or changes in a discipline; or globalization and its effects
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
Courses provide an understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments; emphasizing the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology (3 credits)
Courses provide an understanding of fundamental and/or applied concepts and phenomena from mathematics, logic, natural or physical sciences, and technology including quantitative reasoning and methods used to solve problems.
- Students must take breadth courses from four different subject areas (e.g. the four-letter subject code ACCT, HIST, etc.)
- Students may not use a course that is cross-listed with a subject area that has already been used to satisfy a university breadth requirement
- Students enrolled in a single major may not satisfy the breadth requirement with courses in the subject area of that major (e.g. chemistry majors may not use CHEM courses)
- Students who are enrolled in more than one major or degree are allowed to meet the University breadth requirement by taking approved breadth courses from within the subject areas of their majors
- The requirement may be fulfilled through a course or courses taken to complete other degree requirements, subject to the limitations above
- A designated period of time (usually the first two weeks of each semester) when students are permitted to make changes to their schedule and no fee is charged
- Students should see their advisor before making any registration changes
- Tuition and a $25 fee are charged for changes of registration between the free drop/add deadline and this date
- After this deadline, students must have documented extenuating circumstances to make any changes to their schedules and obtain permission from the instructor and the Senior Assistant Dean, Marcia Rollison
www.library.udel.edu for hours, printing and copying fees, and eatery hours
It can be overwhelming to be away from your family and friends in a new place, and have the added stress of coursework! If you feel that counseling is a resource that you would like to take advantage of, simply contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141 or www.udel.edu/counseling
Disability Support Services
www.udel.edu/dss or 302-831-4643
For International Students
- Task 1: Complete the online Mathematics Placement Assessment, ALEKS (more than once if you are not happy with placement). All students are required to complete the Assessment before enrolling in classes. Visit My Blue Hen Home portal to access ALEKS. You will not be able to register for appropriate fall courses without your ALEKS score.
- Task 2: Register for first semester classes. You will receive an email from your advisor, Megan Kuck, firstname.lastname@example.org, about registering for classes.
- Task 3: Register for International New Student Orientation (ISO). To register for ISO, log into My Blue Hen Home portal and click on the “Register for New Student Orientation” link in your checklist. If you are unable to attend ISO, please select the option “Unable to Attend NSO” and a member of the New Student Orientation staff will email you with additional instructions.
- Task 4: Set up and read your UD email regularly throughout the summer. Advisors and faculty members will use your UD email account to send you important information. Please read your messages. You may access your email from the UD homepage at www.udel.edu or at www.udel.edu/mail.
- Task 5: Complete part 1 of alcohol.edu and Haven. Links to these assessments are available through My Blue Hen Home portal. You will receive an email when you are able to access part 2.
- Task 6: Complete all of the tasks listed on the Office for International Student and Scholars (OISS) website.
Frequently Asked Questions
NSO (New Student Orientation)/ISO (International Student Orientation) is a 2-day orientation to the University of Delaware. During this orientation you will learn about the becoming part of the UD student community, receive help registering for your first semester courses and obtain your UD1 card (your student ID). If you have guests who will be attending ISO with you, please register them using the NSO Registration form.
If for some reason you cannot attend your NSO/ISO, you must contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
Your academic advisor will be in contact with you during the summer before orientation to help you make the most effective course schedule and answer any questions you may have. If you haven’t heard from your advisor feel free to send her an email and introduce yourself.
Your academic program requirements may be confusing to interpret and understand, so take advantage of the resources offered to you. Your academic advisor can explain your required course track to you and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Once courses begin you may feel that you need to change your schedule. If so, speak with your advisor to create the best plan of action. Once the semester begins you will also be granted the ability to drop/add and swap courses from your schedule via your UDSIS account. However, for first semester students it is important to speak with your advisor before altering your schedule in any way.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your class schedule, please contact your academic advisor.
Log onto your UDSIS account and click on “my class schedule” on the upper right-hand corner; there is a ‘Find my textbooks’ link. This link will connect you to the University of Delaware bookstore (located on the corner of Academy Avenue and East Main Street) and pull up a customized textbook list based on the courses you are taking. You have the option to pre-order your textbooks via this link.
Your textbooks may also be available in Lieberman’s Bookstore located on East Main Street. You may either walk in and locate and purchase your books off the shelves or pre-order your books via the Lieberman’s website.
You can either buy new, buy used, or rent many of your textbooks. If you buy a new book, you will be the first owner. If you buy a used book, you will be purchasing a book that has previously been used by other students. If you rent a textbook, you will be required to return your textbooks to the bookstore at the end of the semester.
With new and used textbooks you have the option of selling them back to a bookstore after the semester is over. You do not need a receipt for this, and the money that you will receive from a buy-back will be significantly less than what you originally paid for the book, even if it was new. Most bookstores will buy back a book even if it was not originally purchased there.
Many textbooks are also switching over to electronic books, and these are usually cheaper than used or rented textbooks. Not all textbooks have digital copies, so check with the bookstore.
AlcoholEdu and Haven are mandatory courses that all students must electronically complete. AlcoholEdu is an alcohol prevention program and Haven is a course designed for understanding sexual assault and for providing information on healthy relationships. For each course you will be required to finish Part 1 prior to the beginning of the semester, and after 30 days you will receive an email instructing you how to begin Part 2. If you do not complete both parts of AlcoholEdu and Haven by the required dates with an exam grade of 80% or better you will not be able to register for courses for the following semester.
A hold is a suspension placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from selecting courses for the following semester. You can have a hold placed onto your account due to not being up-to-date with your finances, immunizations, or AlcoholEdu or Haven programs.
In order to remove the hold, you need to contact Student Financial Services regarding a financial hold, Student Health Services regarding an immunization hold, and either complete the AlcoholEdu and/or Havenprograms or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (AlcoholEdu) or email@example.com (Haven) with any questions you may have.
UDSIS is an online resource for students to access their schedules, view their grades, sign up for classes, see who their assigned academic advisor is, check financial balances, see their meal plan, view their unofficial transcript, apply to drop or add a course, view campus housing, see any holds on their account and much more. Please familiarize yourself with this important resource.
Canvas is an internet resource that some or all of your courses may utilize. Your professors may post the syllabus and other course resources on Canvas, and you may also be responsible for posting blogs or web posts. Your professors will tell you if they are planning on using Canvas in their course and which functions you are expected to use. You can read more about Canvas online.
Contact your academic advisor (listed on the right hand side of your UDSIS homepage) before changing your schedule. Your academic advisor can provide you with information and answer all of your questions about the courses that you need to take in order to complete your degree.
A word to the wise: meet your academic advisor early on in your studies. If you regularly meet with your advisor and discuss your academic plan, she will be able to efficiently guide you and prevent any issues.
It is in your best interest to meet with your academic advisor PRIOR to altering your schedule in any way.
Dropping a course means that you will no longer be enrolled in this course. If done before the drop/add period is over, this course will not appear on your transcript as a dropped course.
Withdrawing from a class means that you are ‘dropping’ the course after the drop/add period is over. In order to withdraw from a class you will be charged a fine, and a ‘W’ will appear on your transcript in place of a grade. Once you withdraw from a class you are no longer required to attend class. You will receive neither a grade for the course nor the credits.
Pass/Fail means that you are not taking the course for a grade, rather just to pass. Before you elect to take a course pass/fail you should speak with your advisor. Pass/fail should be chosen if you fear that the course could severely hurt your GPA. However, if you take a class pass/fail it will only count as a free elective and will not count for any group requirements for your major or any of your major classes. For example, you cannot take any core classes as pass/fail. In the event that you and your advisor find it optimal to take a required course pass/ fail, you will need to retake the course for a grade. If you pass a pass/fail course it will in no way affect your GPA, but if you fail a pass/fail course your GPA will be negatively affected.
This information is particularly important for international students. In order to maintain the status on your visa, you must be a full-time student during the regular Fall and Spring Semesters. To be a full-time student you must be enrolled in 12 or more credits per semester. If you drop or withdraw from a class and fall below the 12 credit mark, you will no longer be a full-time student and your visa will no longer be valid. In order to make sure that you maintain your visa status, be proactive in your education and speak with your academic advisor before you change your schedule.
The first four characters (e.g. ECON, FINC, CHEM, ENGL, BUAD, etc.) indicate the subject of the course as well as the department that facilitates the course. The next three characters are numerical, and indicate the course number (e.g.ECON 103). The final three numerical characters indicate the section number for the course (e.g. ECON 103 010). For an explanation of section numbers, click here.
Unless studying abroad or enrolled in an honors program you should plan to only take courses whose section numbers end with 010 to 069 and that are held on main campus (Newark). An exception to this is when you will take ENGL110, a requirement for all undergraduate students. As an international student, you will need to enroll in a section that falls between 120-124 because these sections are for non-native speakers of English.
In addition to walking to class, many students take advantage of bicycles and the University of Delaware bus shuttle bus system. You can shop for a used bike via UD classifieds. Purchase at your own risk. The UD shuttle bus system is a free service available to all University of Delaware students. Busses run to both on-campus and off-campus stops and are available continuously throughout the day. For more information and schedule routes and times, click here.
The Morris Library is located at 181 South College Avenue. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sundays.
There is an eating establishment on the first floor of the library, Bleecker Street, and although the eatery holds limited hours, the library commons area is open for students to use 24/7.
In order to check out books you will need your UD1 card. There is no limit to the number of books that you can check out of the library.
You will also use the flex account connected to your UD1 account to pay for printing and photocopying after you deplete the dollar amount credited to your account from the university. This dollar amount is only good for printing and cannot be used for copying. You can confirm printing and copying charges by visiting the library’s website and/or speaking with a librarian.
If you have any questions about any of the services located in the library, there are numerous librarians and library staff who will gladly assist you.
There are also auxiliary printing and photocopying locations around campus. Pearson Hall, McDowell Hall, Smith Hall, and the Student Multimedia Design Center in the library all have printing/ photocopying capabilities and all accept Flex payments.
In order to get off academic probation you will need to raise your GPA to a minimum of a 2.0. You will not receive your diploma if you are on Academic Probation.
Living on Campus
As a first year student you are required to live on campus in a residence hall, and your living community will be comprised of other freshman students. These residence halls are co-ed by floor, wing, or by alternating room. You will most likely have one or more roommates, and your roommates may be international students like you or domestic students. Regardless of where you live you will be provided a single bed, a wardrobe/closet, a dresser with drawers, a desk, and a chair.
For more information about housing arrangements, move-in procedures, and to check your housing assignment, click here.
In order to stay on campus over Thanksgiving break you will need to sign up for special break housing, and you will be relocated to north campus if you do not already live there. You will be provided more information about applying for permission to stay over Thanksgiving break as the semester progresses.
You will be able to remain on campus during university closings for a daily fee. You will be provided more information about applying for permission to stay as the semester progresses.
All students who live on campus are required to have a meal plan. In order to use your meals, points, or flex, you will simply use your UD1 card. You can use meals to eat in any of the four campus all-you-care-to-eat dining halls: Rodney Dining Hall, Russell Dining Hall, Pencader Dining Hall, and Kent Dining Hall.
As an international student you are required to either purchase health insurance through the university or provide proof of having your own health insurance. With this insurance you will be granted access to the University’s Student Health program. The Student Health Building is located on central campus and can help you with any ailments or injury you may have. There is also a dispensary and a gynecological service housed in the Student Health Building. In the event of an emergency you should call 911.
The University of Delaware campus is monitored by video surveillance systems, covered with blue light emergency phone stations, and regularly patrolled by University of Delaware Police Officers and Student Police Aides.
There is a free walking escort program offered by the University of Delaware Police Officers and Student Police Aides, so if for any reason at all you feel unsafe walking on campus at night, simply call (302) 831-2222 or call via a blue light emergency phone. These aids are also present on the UD shuttle busses during late-night hours for your safety.
In addition to enjoying the great outdoor scenery that the University of Delaware and the surrounding areas have to offer, there are also three on-campus fitness centers. The largest and most popular exercise location is The Hen House (located in the Bob Carpenter Sports Building – fondly called “The Little Bob”). Students also have access to the Harrington Fitness center and the Independence Student Center.
In order to enter the fitness establishment you must present your UD1 card. You must place your books and bags in a designated area because they are prohibited in the exercise area. There is a dress code for entering the gym: you must wear a full t-shirt, and no open-toed shoes or jeans are permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the facilities; however, plastic water bottles are allowed. If you have any questions about the practices or policies of the fitness facilities or about any workout program or specific exercise, do not hesitate to ask a member of the staff.
The best way to purchase a used bicycle (there are stores on Main Street if you are interested in buying a new bicycle) is via UD classifieds. This is a web posting site for all types of goods and services within the University of Delaware community. Students often sell and purchase old furniture and used bicycles, and many students submit announcements about housing and job opportunities. This website requires a UD log-in (the same username and password that you use for your e-mail, UDSIS and Canvas), but you must use your best judgment and purchase at your own risk.
Odds and Ends
Your UD ONECard card is the most important form of identification you will have as a student while on campus. Your UD ONECard is linked to your meal plan (including points), your Flex account, your personal account (for instance, if you purchase something at the university bookstore and charge it to your account), and perhaps your bank card if you opt in to the PNC service offered for students (located in the Trabant Student Center). You will use your UD ONECard daily, so take good care of it. If you lose your card or need a replacement card, you must contact (302) 831-2273 immediately.
Your visa status determines if you can work while in the United States and what type of work you are permitted to do. If you are interested in an employment opportunity you must contact the Office for International Students and Scholars (http://www.udel.edu/oiss).
If you have an F1 status you are permitted to work 20 hours per week on-campus during the Fall and Spring semesters and full-time during the school’s official breaks. If you would like to or are required to incorporate an internship into your academic curriculum, you must talk with your advisor and the Office for International Students and Scholars.
It can be very overwhelming to be away from your friends and family in a strange, new place, and on top of all that stress, you will also be dealing with an increase work load for all of your courses. That’s a lot! In order to help you deal with the major changes in your life, the University of Delaware offers a free mental health service to all students.
If you feel that counseling is a resource that you would like to take advantage of, simply contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development (302-831-2141). You will be screened by one of the many highly qualified and trained professionals, and together you will devise an appropriate plan of action to achieve your goals.
Counseling is nothing to be ashamed of. By the time they graduate, 1 out of 4 UD students has taken advantage of the counseling services. Help is here; you just need to ask for it!
University Offices and Websites for More Information
- University of Delaware homepage: udel.edu
- New Student Orientation/ International Student Orientation: http://www.udel.edu/students/nso
- Office for International Students and Scholars: http://www.udel.edu/oiss
- Office for Undergraduate Advising and Academic Services, Lerner College: http://lerner.udel.edu/
- Student Health and Wellness: https://sites.udel.edu/studentwellness/
- Alcohol Edu: www.udel.edu/alcoholedu
- HAVEN for Undergrads: www.udel.edu/haven-undergrads
- Dining Services: https://udel.campusdish.com/
- Flex: http://www.udel.edu/ud1flex
- ID cards: http://www.udel.edu/registrar/students/idcard.html
- Residence Life and Housing Assignment Services: http://www.udel.edu/has
- Student Financial Services: http://www.udel.edu/finaid
- Student Health Services: http://www.udel.edu/studenthealth
- Campus maps: https://css-rdms1.win.udel.edu/maps/
- UD Book Store: http://udel.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/BNCBHomePage?storeId=37554&catalogId=10001&langId=-1
- Department of Public Safety: http://www.udel.edu/publicsafety
- University of Delaware Shuttle Bus System: http://www.udel.edu/transportation/ud_route
- Fitness and Recreation: http://www.udel.edu/fitness
- Registered Student Organizations: https://studentcentral.udel.edu/
- Counseling and Student Development: http://www.udel.edu/Counseling
- UD Classifieds: http://www.udel.edu/classifieds
- UDSIS: udel.edu/udsis-student
- Canvas: http://www1.udel.edu/canvas/
- University of Delaware Library: http://www.lib.udel.edu
- University Writing Center: https://www.writingcenter.udel.edu/