Apply to be a Freshman Fest Leader HERE. Application due Wednesday, March 26th at 11pm.
                                 Thank you to everyone who made Freshman Fest 2013 a HUGE success!

For the twelfth consecutive year UD Hillel, in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Department, Chabad on Campus and the entire UD Jewish community is excited to offer a program for all incoming Jewish students. Freshman Fest is 30 hours of fun and games with other incoming Jewish students. Over the past ten years students have met their best friends on campus at Freshman Fest…and all before the first day of classes even begins.

Our goal is to ensure that you begin your life at UD with an advantage that most other incoming students don’t have.  By moving in two days before anyone else, you will get to meet over 200 UD students right from the start. You will also be more familiar with the campus than the average freshman.  Seeing familiar and friendly faces throughout your first weeks will truly make you feel at home.  Plus, you’ll be moved into your room early, which means no crowds, no hassles, and choice of the best bed.

It’s not only freshmen who you will be meeting; we have upperclassmen who return to be Ambassadors, Coordinators and as the Steering Committee for Freshman Fest.  They know it all, and are involved in activities all over campus.  Go ahead, ask them what’s up; they’re happy to talk with you.  Also at Freshman Fest, you can get information about social, musical, educational, athletic, religious, and social justice events sponsored by Jewish groups on and off campus.

The fee for Freshman Fest is $50. This covers all meals and programs during the event.  The University will also assess an early move in fee of $25 a night to your housing bill. 


Why should I do Freshman Fest?

  1. You’ll get to make new friends before everyone else
  2. You can move in early (i.e. without the rush and hassle)
  3. You’ll learn about life at UD from Jewish upperclassmen that have been there and done everything…
  4. You can pre-order books and have them delivered to Hillel
  5. You’ll know the campus before everyone else
  6. You’ll get to meet some of the coolest kids on campus
  7. You’ll have a great time!!


How many people will be coming to Freshman Fest?

Last year was our tenth year running the program, and we had over 150 freshman participate in Freshman Fest.   The number of new students signed up has more than quadrupled from the first year of the program.  This year we anticipate another great turnout. 


What will I be doing exactly?

You will be meeting LOTS of new people from all over, eating, sleeping, playing sports, BBQing, getting to know UD’s campus and Jewish life, some praying (optional), and guest entertainment. 


How much does it cost?

The fee for Freshman Fest is $50.00.  This includes all meals and activities.  Do note that while we take care of the early move in arrangements with the University to allow participants to move in on Thursday night, the University will add 2 nights early move-in fee ($25 a night), to your first housing bill. 


What if I’m Jewish but I don’t really know much about it or I’m not observant at all, or only one of my parents is Jewish?

Congratulations.  You are in the majority of Jewish college students.  There’s a place for everyone at Freshman Fest.

If you have any questions, please contact Program Director, Nicole Wasilus at

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