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New Student Orientation

The information below will help ensure you and your family’s smooth transition into becoming a part of the Hornet family! If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to New Student Orientation, contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351.

If you plan to attend Delaware State University, you must attend New Student Orientation in order to register for classes. All New Student Orientation fees are non-refundable.

What is New Student Orientation (NSO)?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is designed for all new students, including transfers. It introduces you to the campus, where you will learn about DSU’s academic programs, meet faculty members, register for classes with your advisor, learn about all of our support services and make new friends with other incoming students. All new students must attend New Student Orientation.

What should I do prior to attending New Student Orientation?

Prior to attending New Student Orientation (NSO), it is mandatory for every new student to complete the ALEKS math placement assessment. The placement assessment will be open March 1-June 3 allowing for you to complete at least one retake prior to NSO. Failure to take the ALEKS math assessment prior to the dates listed may alter your NSO schedule of activities. You will also need to create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) before you can complete the test. Visit myDESU and select “Create/Reset PIN”. Read more about ALEKS and visit Banner Self Service to take the ALEKS math assessment.

It is mandatory for each new student to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment by June 3.

For more information, please visit:
ALEKS: desu.edu/aleks

* NOTE: You will not need to take the ALEKS Assessment if you have taken and passed a college-level math (submission of official transcript(s) from previous institution(s) required for evaluation).  High school Advanced Placement scores can be considered upon submission of official scores. 

How do I book my New Student Orientation date?

You can click on the red button on this page that says register for New Student Orientation. It will direct you to the registration form. 

The Make a Payment button will direct you to the QuikPay payment portal for payment of your fee no later than the posted registration deadline.


Please note in your acceptance package you will receive an Admissions Acceptance Agreement. This document informs the Office of Admissions that you plan to attend the University. Please return the form to the Office of Admissions along with registering for New Student Orientation online. The agreement form can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Office of Admissions.

How much is New Student Orientation?

The non-refundable New Student Orientation fee is $200.00 for freshman and $100.00 for transfer students.


How do I make my New Student Orientation Payment?

Preferred method of payment is online via QuikPAY.

Types of payments accepted via QuikPay: personal check, major credit card or debit card.

How to make a payment via QuikPay:

In the “Login as Guest” box

  • Enter: Student ID
  • Click: Login
  • Click: “Yes, continue to the NelNet Quickpay” website
  • Click: “Pay” for Tuition & Other University Fees” (Note: There is not an option for New Student Orientation)
  • Select Term: New Student Orientation (NSO)
  • Enter Payment Amount
  • Select Payment Method
  • Click “Continue” to enter personal information

You can also mail in a personal check or money order (no cash) to:

Delaware State University
Office of Admissions
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

What does my orientation fee cover?

The fee covers the processing of your registration, materials given during the orientation, and meals.

How do I make my housing deposit?

  • Go to QuikPAY
  • In the “Login as Guest Box”
  • Enter: Student ID
  • Click: Login
  • Click: “Yes, continue to the NelNet QuikPAY” website
  • Select: Make a payment
  • Click: “Pay” Traditional Housing Deposit
  • Select: Term from the drop down box
  • Enter: $200.00 as the Payment Amount
  • Select: Payment Method from the drop down box
  • Click: Continue
  • Provide Information:  Complete your credit card, bank information or both (must use the option you choose above)
  • Click: Confirm to submit your payment
  • You will receive an email confirmation for your payment

Can I bring my parents and guest to New Student Orientation?

Yes. You are allowed to bring guests (2 max) to New Student Orientation. However, there is a $35.00 fee for each guest, including children under 12. This fee covers materials given to each guest and meals. Overnight campus accommodations are reserved for future DSU students attending orientation. Parents and guests are asked to reserve a room at a nearby hotel. Please visit our Local Accommodations section for a listing of hotels in the area.

Please Note: The guest fee is waived during Spring and Makeup New Student Orientation. Guests are responsible for their own meals. Please limit to 2 guests.

What are some key things to remember for my orientation session?

  • Bring documents: Sealed final high school transcript, complete online housing application and submit health forms (all documents can be turned in prior to orientation).
  • Prior to your orientation, complete the ALEKS math assessment.  You will speak with an advisor during New Student Orientation who will discuss your score. 
  • Fall New Student Orientation is a 2 day event for incoming freshmen and 1 day event for transfer students.
    • Students staying overnight, please bring twin extra-long sheets, a pillow, shower shoes and toiletries.
  • Spring and Makeup New Student Orientation are 1 day events for both incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Where is New Student Orientation held on campus? What are some key things to remember for my orientation session?

New Student Orientation activities are held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Student Center. Students will spend most of their day in the MLK with the exception of the campus tour and business dealings with Financial Aid, Student Accounts and ID Center offices in the Administration Building. Students driving to orientation should park in Parking Lot 1 across from the MLK Student Center. There is no charge for parking.

A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to New Student Orientation.

Please Note: Please check your email with specific check-in instructions and location.

Documents needed for New Student Orientation

What happens after New Student Orientation (Next Steps)?

After New Student Orientation it is your responsibility to make sure first that all of your documents have been turned in a timely fashion. While you are at New Student Orientation, you will have an opportunity to register for your classes; this will generate your semester bill. Once your bill has been generated, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the bill can be paid in full by scholarships, grants, financial aid, personal monies or a payment plan through Student Accounts. One or all of the options can be used to satisfy your bill.