Welcome Days

Welcome to Hornet Country

Class of 2024 and Transfer Students

It’s time to arrive for fall 2020! 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! Due to social distancing requirements as a result of COVID-19, all but one of the Welcome Days activities will be held VIRTUALLY.

For new students living on campus, move-in will take place the week of August 17-22, 2020.

This website contains important information about how you need to prepare and planned activities, so please read carefully and continue to check the site for updates as your arrival day approaches.

SATISFY ALL FINANCIAL AND ENROLLMENT OBLIGATIONS

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

All new residential students MUST COMPLETE the following in order to be “cleared” to move in to the residential halls.

  • PAYMENT: Satisfy your financial obligations with the Office of Student Accounts as soon as possible. Payment was due August 10. If you have billing questions, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at studentaccounts [at] desu.edu.

  • HEALTH FORM: Submit your completed health form to the Office of Student Health Services and complete your electronic forms online via the Student Health Portal as soon as possible. The due date was August 10.

  • TRANSCRIPT(S): Submit your final official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at admissionsdocs [at] desu.edu as soon as possible. The due date was August 10.

  • COVID-19 TEST: Have a COVID-19 test 7-10 days prior to your scheduled move-in date.
    If your move-in date is August 17, have your test August 7, 8, 9 or 10.
    If your move-in date is August 18, have your test August 8, 9, 10 or 11.
    If your move-in date is August 19, have your test August 9, 10, 11 or 12.
    If your move-in date is August 20, have your test August 10, 11, 12 or 13.
    If your move-in date is August 21, have your test August 11, 12, 13 or 14.
    If your move-in date is August 22, have your test August 12, 13, 14 or 15.

    Negative test results will need to be emailed to studenthealth2020 [at] desu.edu prior to your arrival on campus. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate at home for 14 days and will need to submit a subsequent negative COVID-19 test prior to moving onto campus.    

  • PRE-REGISTER FOR ARRIVAL DAY COVID-19 TESTING AND COMPLETE A SCREENING FORM (**See information below**)

**Please note that if you arrive on your move-in date, you have not confirmed a negative COVID-19 test result 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/NON-RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

  • PAYMENT: Satisfy your financial obligations with the Office of Student Accounts as soon as possible. Payment was due August 10.

  • HEALTH FORM: Submit your completed health form to the Office of Student Health Services and complete your electronic forms online via the Student Health Portal as soon as possible. The due date was August 10.

  • TRANSCRIPT(S): Submit your final official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at admissionsdocs [at] desu.edu as soon as possible. The due date was August 10.

**Please note you will not receive a University ID card until these obligations have been met.

HORNET EXPRESS FASTPASS 

All students who successfully complete all the required enrollment steps will be emailed a Hornet Express FastPass prior to their arrival date. 

Satisfying all requirements in advance to obtain a FastPass is highly recommended.

**RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS: COVID-19 test results and Student Health Forms MUST be received and processed before move-in day. If you arrive and these steps are not complete, you will not be permitted to proceed with the move-in process.

Students with other outstanding enrollment obligations will be able to obtain a virtual appointment to satisfy those obligations upon arrival. (**See instructions below**)

**Students must print the pass and bring it to campus on arrival day or be prepared to show the FastPass on your mobile device. The FastPass is specific to each student’s account and must not be shared.**

PLAN FOR YOUR ARRIVAL

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

  • Please refer to the assignment email you received from the Department of Housing and Residential Education for your arrival day and time.

  • What should I 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.

COMMUTER/NON-RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

  • Commuter students and other non-residential students do not need to report to campus the week of August 17-22 for COVID-19 testing. However, if your status changes to residential, you will need to submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to moving in at studenthealth2020 [at] desu.edu. Additionally, non-residential and commuter students who anticipate utilizing campus facilities during the fall semester will also need to submit a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Note: Commuter students and other non-residential students do not need to come to campus to handle satisfying their account. Please do this virtually using the links in the Instructions for Arrival Day below.

STEPS TO PREPARE FOR ON-CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING

If you are currently exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, DO NOT report for testing on your arrival day. Instead, please contact your primary care physician and email studenthealth2020 [at] desu.edu to report that you are experiencing symptoms.

Please wear a cloth face covering when arriving for testing.

Prior to reporting for testing, you must:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ARRIVAL DAY

Enter through Gate 2 (second gate on College Road west of Route 13/North DuPont Highway)

  • Proceed to the COVID-19 testing line via Lot 25, the lot where you entered. Please wear a cloth face covering. If congestion occurs, officers will direct you to the staging parking lot (University Courtyard Apartments at 430 College Road).
  • If you need to satisfy your student account, you will be directed to a parking area for handling a virtual appointment with an admissions representative. Please make an appointment by clicking on the link corresponding with the first letter of your last name beginning Monday, August 17:

  • https://desu.webex.com/meet/Admissions_A-E
  • https://desu.webex.com/meet/Admissions_F-J
  • https://desu.webex.com/meet/Admissions_K-O
  • https://desu.webex.com/meet/Admissions_P-T
  • https://desu.webex.com/meet/Admissions_U-Z
     
  • Residential students: You will be directed to your residential hall from Lot 25 according to your clearance status following the COVID-19 testing process. Upon arrival to your assigned residential hall, no more than 15 minutes will be allowed for you to unload your vehicle, at which time you will be directed to park in a secondary parking lot.

Click here for a virtual campus map

SUBMIT YOUR UNIVERSITY ID PHOTO ONLINE

To encourage social distancing and campus safety, incoming new students for fall 2020 are asked to complete an ONLINE University ID photo submission process.

HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS

Please follow the steps below to complete the requirements by Sunday, August 16, at noon.

  • Click this link to submit your photo – Photo Submission Link
  • Sign in with your University email address.
  • After answering a few questions, you will be asked to provide two pictures:
  1. A photo of a valid government-issued ID.
  2. A photo to be used as your Delaware State University ID photo (please see requirements below).

Both images must be submitted or your submission will be automatically rejected.
You will be notified if your images were not accepted.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS 

  • Your photograph must have a plain passport-type white background (we suggest you take a current picture in front of a white wall or plain white door).
  • Your face must be clearly visible and facing forward – no profile/social media shots, filters, headphones, sunglasses or hats.
  • Your photo must be in color.
  • You must be the only person in the picture.
  • Your photo CANNOT be taken in a car or crowded room or have background objects – no trees, door frames or window blinds, etc.
  • No graduation caps, gowns, uniforms or costumes are allowed.
  • Nothing can be touching the face – no hands, trees, graphics, etc.

Video Instructions Submission Video

Instructions for ID distribution and pickup will be communicated at a later time. If you have any questions, you may email idoffice [at] students.desu.edu.

The Delaware State University family looks forward to WELCOMING YOU!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admissions (newstudentinfo [at] desu.edu), Office of Student Accounts (studentaccounts [at] desu.edu) or Office of Student Leadership and Activities (osla [at] desu.edu).

See you soon!

Sincerely,

Mr. Antonio Boyle
Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management

Dr. Stacy Downing
Vice President for Student Affairs