Class of 2023 and Transfer Students
It’s time to arrive for fall 2019! In an effort to help you get ready for your new life as a Delaware State University student, you are required to attend Welcome Days—our signature event created to help new students make a smooth transition from high school to Hornet Nation! All of the activities will be held on the main campus located in Dover, Delaware.
Move-in for new students will take place over two days – August 21-22, 2019 – depending on the residence hall in which you will live. Commuter students will check in August 22. Welcome Days activities will continue through August 25.
This website contains important information, so please read carefully and continue to check the site for updates as your arrival day approaches.
What kinds of activities will take place at Welcome Days?
Welcome Days will provide the opportunity for you to get to know your University and your fellow students. There is a full schedule of activities planned. Please check this site regularly, pay close attention to the schedule planned for you and take special notice of activities marked “MANDATORY.”
What is the Hornet Express FastPass?
Eligible students who complete all the required enrollment steps well in advance (due date was August 5) will be emailed a Hornet Express FastPass on Monday, August 19, to bypass regular check-in and help expedite the final enrollment process. (Only one FastPass email will be sent – on August 19.) Students must print the pass and bring it to campus on arrival day. The FastPass is specific to each student’s account and must not be shared.
Residential students who did not receive a FastPass email on August 19 must check in at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.
Note: Students who wait to complete all the required enrollment steps on August 19 will not receive a FastPass and must check in at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center.
When do I arrive?
- Wednesday, August 21 | Medgar W. Evers Hall, Warren-Franklin Hall, the Living Learning Commons, University Village and Courtyard
Residential students living in Medgar W. Evers Hall, Warren-Franklin Hall, the Living Learning Commons and University Village and Courtyard should arrive on campus Wednesday, August 21, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, August 22 | Meta V. Jenkins Hall, W. Richard Wynder Tower and Tubman Laws Hall
Residential students living in Meta V. Jenkins Hall, W. Richard Wynder Tower and Tubman Laws Hall should arrive on campus Thursday, August 22, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Commuter students should check in Thursday, August 22, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where do I go when I arrive?
- Hornet Express FastPass Residential Students | Report directly to your residence hall (You must have received the Hornet Express FastPass email on Monday, August 19) | Read FastPass specific arrival instructions
- Residential Students who did not receive a FastPass email on August 19 | Check in at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center | Read specific arrival instructions
- Commuter Students | Check in at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center | Read Commuter specific arrival instructions
HOW DO I NEED TO PREPARE?
Satisfy all financial and enrollment obligations prior to Welcome Days
Residential Students: All new residential students must have their financial obligations satisfied with the Office of Student Accounts no later than August 5. Completed health forms need to be on file in the Office of Student Health Services (or submitted via the Student Health Portal) and final official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than August 5.
If not, you will not be “cleared” to move in to the residential halls, participate in Welcome Days or begin classes.
Please note that if you arrive on your move-in date and your financial and enrollment obligations to the University have not been satisfied, you will not be permitted to move in to the residence halls.
- Commuter Students: All new commuter students must have their financial obligations satisfied with the Office of Student Accounts no later than August 5. Completed health forms need to be on file in the Office of Student Health Services (or submitted via the Student Health Portal) and final official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions no later than August 5. If not, you will not receive a University ID card until these obligations have been met.
Create a one-page resume
ALL freshmen are required to complete a one-page resume prior to arriving for Welcome Days. Please visit the Career Services website to create your resume by using one of the 10 approved resume templates (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Review tips on what to bring and what not to bring
As you prepare for life on campus, here for some tips on what to bring and what not to bring for your residence hall room.
Bring special attire with you
There will be a number of exciting activities during Welcome Days for which you will need specific attire.
On Friday, August 23, we want you to show some school pride and wear your “Welcome Days” T-shirt later that day! You will receive this shirt at Welcome Days check-in.
Saturday, August 24, is a big day! At the completion of all Welcome Days activities, you will participate in the final phase of your transition. You will be inducted officially into the DSU family during the Hornet Induction Ceremony, a special ceremony that symbolizes your “Rite of Passage,” and you will attend the President’s Reception. You will need to wear the following professional attire in order to be allowed to attend or participate in these two events:
- White professional blouse (no low cut or tight-fitting blouses that reveal cleavage)
- Black professional dress, skirt or slacks (no trendy, short, casual, tight-fitting or club clothing; skirts should meet or go just below the knee)
- Black professional shoes
- Black ties (no cartoon characters)
- Black professional pants (no trendy, casual or club clothing)
- White professional shirt (button down shirts with collars)
- Black professional belt
- Black professional shoes (no trendy or club shoes)
The Hornet Induction Ceremony and President’s Reception are our special ways of welcoming you into the Hornet Nation, so please be sure to dress properly so that you can participate!
The Delaware State University family looks forward to seeing you at Welcome Days!
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351.
See you soon!
Mr. Antonio Boyle
Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
Dr. Stacy Downing
Vice President for Student Affairs