Welcome Days

Delaware State University Welcome Days 2018

Class of 2022 and Transfer Students

It’s time to arrive for fall 2018! 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 22-23, 2018 – depending on the residence hall in which you will live. Commuter students will check in August 23. Welcome Days will continue through August 26.

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. A full schedule of activities will be posted on this website in the days prior to the event. 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 of arrival for Welcome Days will be emailed a Hornet Express FastPass on Monday, August 20, to bypass regular check-in and help expedite the final enrollment process. 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.

When do I arrive?

  • Wednesday, August 22 |  Medgar W. Evers Hall  and Warren-Franklin Hall
    Residential students living in Medgar W. Evers Hall  and Warren-Franklin Hall should arrive on campus Wednesday, August 22, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 23 |  Meta V. Jenkins Hall, Harriet Tubman Hall, W. Richard Wynder Tower
    Residential students living in Meta V. Jenkins Hall, Harriet Tubman Hall and W. Richard Wynder Tower should arrive on campus Thursday, August 23, between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Commuter students should check in Thursday, August 23, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where do I go when I arrive?

CAMPUS MAP AND VIRTUAL TOUR (parking areas are shaded in yellow on the map with the numbers indicated in the format P18, etc.)


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 by August 5. Completed health forms need to be on file in the Office of Student Health Services and final official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions by August 5.

    If not, you will not be “cleared” to move in to the residential halls, participate in Welcome Days or begin classes.

    Any student who has not satisfied these obligations SHOULD NOT report to the residence halls on your move-in day. You must continue to communicate with the Office of Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Admissions and/or Housing to satisfy these items by the respective deadline. 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 by August 5.  Completed health forms need to be on file in the Office of Student Health Services and final official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions by 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, click 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 Saturday, August 25, we want you to show some school pride and wear your “Welcome Days” T-shirt all day! You will receive this shirt at Welcome Days check-in.

Sunday, August 26, 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