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First Year

First-Year Advisement

The University College is the point of entry for all first-year students.

The advising structure for first-year students is designed to enhance the information flow with academic planning, alternate pathways (when appropriate) and early degree-program guidance. Once students earn the minimum credit hours (30) coupled with a minimum GPA (2.0), students will transition to the academic college degree program majors.

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    First Year


  • During your freshman year, we will assist you in formulating an educational plan and introduce you to career goals that are closely aligned to your academic interests.
  • Your academic advisor will partner with you to develop your Individual Development Plan (IDP). You will be actively engaged and on a solid path to graduate within four years.
  • Comprehensive academic advising using an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is mandatory at Delaware State University.  Students are required to attend two mandated academic advising/IDP sessions per semester.  Expectations must be established during new student orientation, along with follow-up throughout the semester.  Each new freshman receives a copy of the first-year academic advising syllabus which outlines the following:  1) expectations of students and advisors; 2) student learning outcomes 3) advising methods; and 4) guidelines for meeting with an advisor. 
  • University College academic advisors work very closely with campus-wide faculty and staff to ensure that you receive exposure to your desired degree program of interest and to facilitate your participation in co-curricular activities within your academic major.