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New Student Checklist: Part 1

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Follow these steps to begin your academic journey at UD!
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You've been admitted to the Associate in Arts Program, a University of Delaware degree program with classes meeting at campus locations in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown. Now is the time to plan for one of the most important experiences in your life: attending college. What should you do first? And second? And third? The process may seem overwhelming at first.

This checklist has been designed to answer these very questions. Follow our guidelines to begin the transition to life as a candidate for the Associate in Arts degree. And, just in case we haven't thought of everything, we encourage you to contact the Associate in Arts Program office or the academic advisor​ at your UD campus for assistance.

1. Visit this spring.

​Arsht Hall, Wilmington

Admitted students and their families are invited to attend Admitted Student Night, an invaluable information-sharing event held in April for prospective students. Faculty, staff, and AAP alumni will be present to discuss the program and answer questions, and light refreshments will be served. See our Events Calendar for more information about your campus's Admitted Student Night.

Dover: Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Del-One Conference Center, Dover 

Georgetown: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown

Wilmington: Monday, April 29, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m., or Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m., 
The Baby Grand Theater, Wilmington         

2. Submit your admission deposit.

​ To accept admission to the University of Delaware for the fall semester, you must fill out a deposit form and submit it to the University with your admission deposit. The freshman admission deposit and deposit form must be returned no later than May 1. Failure to do so will result in automatic cancellation of admission. Please note that the admission deposit is not refundable. If for some reason you are unable to enter the University in the fall semester, you may ask to defer your admission to a future semester and your admission deposit will be applied to that semester. The written request should be received by July 1.

​ 3. Secure your finances and explore the SEED Scholarship.
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The University offers scholarships based on academic merit without regard to need, scholarships based on a combination of both merit and need, need-based financial assistance, and State of Delaware SEED scholarships. All freshmen whose applications for admission were complete by December 1 are automatically reviewed for scholarships, including SEED Scholarships. Most students hear about scholarship offers in March. Make sure your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been submitted. Since some awards are based on a combination of both need and merit, we strongly recommend that students file the FAFSA. You must file a FAFSA in order to be considered for a SEED Scholarship from the State of Delaware.

Most need-based financial assistance will have been distributed by mid-April, which is why we have encouraged you to submit your FAFSA by the end of February. If you haven't filled out a FAFSA, you should do so immediately using the online form at (using UD's school code: 001431). Financial aid awards may consist of one or more of the following: scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. The University of Delaware participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, which is open to all families. Your FAFSA will act as your application, allowing us to review your data and determine your eligibility for the Direct Loan. 

The University of Delaware also participates in the Department of Education's Quality Assurance Program. If you are selected for this "verification" process, which is a review of the information contained in your FAFSA, you will be notified on your Student Aid Report that is sent via email from the Department of Education. You will be required to submit copies of the student's and parents' federal income tax forms (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ), as well as any other necessary documentation. The University of Delaware will also email you instructions on the required documents for this review, and we encourage you to respond promptly to avoid delays in the financial aid awards being disbursed after the start of classes. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services  at (302) 831-2126. Information concerning the actual cost of tuition and other fees, as well as billing and payment, will be mailed to you separately.​

4. Take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

The Associate in Arts degree requires that you take one college-level course in mathematics, and almost all bachelor-degree majors require one or more math courses. We offer a variety of math courses that match particular majors. It's important to get started on the right track for your intended major and in the right place for your skill level. You will discuss the math course sequence that is right for you when you meet with an advisor this summer during New Student Orientation (NSO). In order to get ready for this aspect of academic advisement, we require that you complete the online ALEKS Math Placement Exam before NSO. To take the test, you must log on to and follow the instructions there. 

Points to keep in mind:

  • Review sample questions on the site to give you a better sense of what to expect.
  • Pick a convenient time that will allow you one uninterrupted hour to complete the exam. Make sure you pick a time to take the exam when you are well rested.
  • You are NOT allowed to use a calculator or resource materials.
  • You will have one hour to complete the test. Once you start, you cannot stop the exam, and you will be unable to take it again once you submit your answers.

The actual test consists of 36 multiple-choice questions, including intermediate algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus topics. After completing the exam, we recommend printing a copy of your exam results for your records. Bring a copy with you to your NSO appointment. Your results will be available to your advisor as part of your online student record and your advisor will discuss the appropriate math course for you when you attend NSO. 

As your course placement will depend on the results of your exam, you must do the work without the assistance of others. Taking the appropriate course at the appropriate level for you will ensure that you succeed in that course. Remember, you are the person who will be earning the grade in your math courses, so your placement score should reflect your skills, not your friend's, your parent's, or your older sibling's. Do your best, and then come talk to us about it during NSO. Good luck!

​5. Attend spring and summer New Student Orientation (NSO) events.

Join other newly admitted members of the University community for your first official events as a Fightin' Blue Hen! During these programs, you will meet with an academic advisor, meet some of your new classmates, register for fall classes, learn how to get your UD student ID card, set up your UD email account, and much more. 

After you have submitted your admission deposit, you will receive more information about NSO events and the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. You will also receive a letter inviting you to attend an information session and an individual (student-only) registration session, where you will meet with an advisor and register for your classes. You'll also be invited to your Campus Welcome event, which is held in August. 

​ 6. Get your UD student identification card.

During orientation, you will be given instructions about how to obtain your UD identification card (i-card​). The specific steps of the procedure vary from campus to campus. Follow the instructions to have your photo taken and to obtain your card, which is your ticket to activities and resources at UD!

7. Set up your UDelNet e-mail account and computer access.
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Throughout your time as a Blue Hen, important UD information will be communicated to you via your student email account. UD's online billing system operates exclusively through your UD email account; we no longer send paper bills. Faculty use email extensively to communicate with their classes, too, so all new students are required to set up their student account before classes begin in the fall. 

Your account will also give you access to UDSIS, the University's online student records system, which is where you register for classes, check your grades, and plan for degree completion. To set up your account, wait 24 hours after you have registered for classes during New Student Orientation, and then get started. Here's how:

  a. Log on to the admitted-student site at ​​and follow instructions to set up your personal identification number (PIN).

  b. Learn about UD's policies on responsible computing:

  c. The next step is to choose your UD ID (i.e., your login, which is usually a variation on your first initial and your full last name) and your password. Visit Activating Your UDelNet Account and follow the instructions to finish setting up your account. When this is completed, the system will confirm acceptance of your login and password.

  d. Your account is now active! Within a few minutes, you will have access to:

  f. You should always use your UD email account to send email to your advisor, your professors, and others at UD. Why? That's how we know you are you, and we'll be able to discuss your questions, knowing your student record. If you use a personal email account, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc., we recommend that you set the other account to forward to your UD email account. Your Google Apps at UD account also offers you access to Google applications such as Drive (which includes Google Docs), Calendar, Sites, and Hangouts.​

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  • Associate in Arts Program
  • UD Academic Center
  • 300 N. Orange St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 571-5395
  • Fax: (302) 657-5198