Location: Newark, DE
Percentage of women on campus: 57%
Tuition (one year): $12,112 in-state, $29,932 out-of-state
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing, Social Sciences, Education, Health Professions, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Biology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 57%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Delaware’s website at http://www.udel.edu/admissions/.
Why Choose U Del?
“The best quality about UD is the fact that it's perfectly located in the heart of Newark, DE. If you ever get tired of the college scene, all you have to do is walk a block over to main street to grab a bite to eat with some friends, go shopping, or watch a live musical performance on the Academic Building lawn! There are always things to do that it's almost impossible to be bored!” Dominique Carpio
“When I was applying to UD, the greatest thing that attracted me here was the college town campus. I loved that we have a green, the brick buildings, the main street, etc.”- Hannah Mueller
"When I first toured the University of Delaware, I was instantly allured by the beautiful campus. But more importantly, I was swayed by the students! Everyone I encountered and talked to was incredibly friendly and eager to help answer my questions. The size of the school was big enough to have plenty to do all the time and lots of opportunities to get involved, yet it also wasn't too big to the point where I could become just a face in the crowd. I knew that I would have plenty of opportunity to excel academically and meet new people from all across the country. I'm so glad I chose UD! There is always so much to do that I never want to leave campus." -Sara Penchina
“Using the gym (also known as the Carpenter Sports Building aka the Little Bob) is a must, especially since it has been newly renovated and reopened this past August. It now features two floors of cardio and weight equipment, along with basketball courts, an indoor climbing wall, an indoor pool and diving well, and several rooms for fitness classes such as Zumba, kickboxing, and BodyPump.” - Dominique Carpio
“What I love most about being a student at UD is all the opportunities given here. There are always events going on and there are so many clubs to join, from a chocolate lovers club, to an a Capella group, to even a puppy raising club (they are so cute!!). A very popular tradition here is UDance - UD's largest student-run philanthropy where student dance for 12 hours straight, raising money to find a cure for childhood cancer.” - Dominique Carpio
At UD, students are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities and are given multiple ways to do so. In the beginning of the year, UD hosts an activity fair that allows for students to see every different club and organization on campus while allowing for them to sign up and receive emails from their favorite organizations.Although this event is normally geared towards the new freshman students as a way to get involved in the UD committee, older students are still encouraged to take part and find new interests. Generally, there is a club for everybody, and all students should be able to find something they will enjoy with clubs ranging anywhere from puppy raisers to going Greek. Personally, I have taken part in a variety of clubs during my 2 years at UD, my favorite of which have been joining a Greek organization and dancing/moraling for UDance (an event which raises money towards fighting childhood cancer and the B+ Foundation). –Jaime Glass
"UD is known for being an 'East Coast Classic', and a school where you can really make it feel smaller by getting involved. I personally love that UD brings us a host of concerts, speakers, and guest lecturers. UD offers concerts in both the fall and spring (and the tickets are discounted for students) in addition to entertainers and lecturers. Last spring, I was lucky enough to get a ticket to see comedien Aziz Ansari come perform, and this fall I saw Ed Sheeran perform for us. Not to mention, I attended a lecture given by Vice President Joe Biden during my freshman year, and this fall Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to speak. It's really incredible how much you can see when you take advantage of opportunities like these!
In addition, UD is close to major cities like Philadelphia and students can take a trip to New York City for cheap fare if they decide to take the Mega bus or similar modes of transportation. Also, UD is well-known for having a well-established study abroad program. Students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or during our winter session, and each student that is able to take advantage of studying abroad has a life-changing experience. Career-wise, I've found that Career Services helps a ton with editing your resume and helping you to prepare for job interviews and applications. A well-known campus event that is very important to our school is UDance, a twelve hour dance marathon where the proceeds are donated to the Andrew McDonough B+ Positive Foundation to support childhood cancer research and to help reduce medical costs for families who are battling a child's cancer. This event is very special and involves the entire UD community. We celebrate the B+ Heroes who are fighting cancer, and they attend the event with their families. That's the most rewarding part of the day, to see our heroes and to dance in their honor."--Sara Penchina
“The racial diversity is my least favorite thing about UD. I grew up in a town/school that was extremely diverse with race, religion, nationality, etc. When I got to Delaware, it was a culture shock to me that there is pretty much only white people. Im happy to be moving to NYC after graduation where I can go back to diversity.”- Hannah Mueller
"Because I've had such a wonderful experience at UD, it's hard to determine a downside. If I had to find something, I would say that we do experience lots of rain, so as advice for future students, be prepared to dress appropriately when weather is unpredictably rainy! I'd also say that registering for courses can get pretty stressful. It definitely helps to plan out your ideal schedule (with back-ups!) before registering, and speak to an advisor to help with any uncertainties." --Sara Penchina
New Collegiette On Campus
"Being a freshman at UD, based on my experience, feels like getting acquainted to a second home. The University puts on lots of activities to help freshmen feel welcome and excited, such as 1743 Welcome Days, where there are fun events and activies that freshmen students can attend with their new floormates.
In the summer, prior to the start of classes and move-in day, UD hosts New Student Orientation where current students take them on a personal tour, answer any questions, and help them get acquainted to campus. They also receive their UD student ID that day, where they take a picture and then have their ID card for the rest of their time in college. The ID card is used to swipe in to dining halls, for meals in university centers such as Trabant and Perkins, for free printing in the library, and for the gym. It also helps to have this handy to prove you're a student should you ever need to do so!
UD also has additional summer programs that incoming freshmen can apply for if they want to start their journey early. For example, I participated in QUEST, a summer leadership program for new students, and I really felt that this program helped me get acquainted to the University, get to know my peers, and feel confident heading into my college career.
Not to mention, first year students are required to take a "First Year Experience" class, where they discuss their new experiences with a faculty member, student advisor, and class of other first year students. It helps to be able to have questions answered and to learn how to address situations that could be challenging, such as potential roommate issues. Though there is a lot to get acquainted to, as is the case at most universities, I felt like I adjusted pretty quickly and had the chance to meet lots of new people.
As for first year housing, UD just built brand new dorms exclusively for freshman students. These are located on East Campus, and are meant to help freshman students adjust to their first year. In years past, freshman students living on East campus also lived in the Harrington dorms, which are currently under construction. Russell Hall also houses freshman students, and are built to accomodate first year students and their roommates. Freshmen living on East Campus can eat meals in Russell Dining Hall, which is known for serving UDairy Creamery ice cream every night! On west campus, Dickinson and Rodney dorms are also exclusively for freshmen students. Though these dorms are older, they are typically known to be more social. I personally lived in Dickinson and had the time of my life! Our floor became so close and I was always able to walk to class with friends or grab a meal at Rodney Dining Hall with other freshmen in my building.
It is easy to get to know upper classmen through getting involved in clubs and activities on campus!" --Sara Penchina
All About Academics
“The University of Delaware offers over 130 majors and areas of study. Some of the most popular majors include business, engineering, education and health sciences, however there are many students who take advantage of Delaware’s broad range of academic programs. One of the perks of attending UD is the abundance of study abroad opportunities. Many students take advantage of UD’s winters session and use their time away from school to take classes around the world.
Students who stay local are welcome to take classes at UD during winter session. These classes allow students to make the most of their time at college and capitalize on many education opportunities. UD is also known for allowing their students to experience the field they are studying in a professional manner. Many majors and programs require internships and other field placements in order to graduate. Students are each given an advisor who assists them with finding internships, registering for classes, and even applying to jobs and graduate schools.
The registration process at UD can be hit or miss, as upperclassmen and honors students have the advantage when it comes to registration, but most students are able to create a schedule that works for them. There are plenty of places for students to study on campus or off campus. Many students can be found studying at the library, student centers, study lounges or at local coffee shops. UD has many general requirements for all students but most students do not have a difficult time fulfilling the necessary requirements.” - Madelaine Levey
Learn From The Best
“From NSO on, I always heard about Dr Fox and his course world religions. It gets filled up quickly and people rave about him. Personally, my favorite classes are the ones in which teachers (really) teach and are interactive. Sometimes it’s the elementary-type teaching methods that are the most effective. For example in the accounting dept both Guido and Vermeer do group quizzes in class and it’s extremely effective way to learn. Guido also does fun trivia at the beginning of each class about random global topics and brain teasers.” – Hannah Mueller
"As a Mass Communication major, I can say that I have loved my comm professors here at UD. Dr. Steve Mortenson, Dannagal Young, Scott Caplan, Carolyn Bartoo, and James Angellini have been among some of my favorite professors for their ability to really engage with students and have open discussions. I've learned a lot over the course of my college career, but I have to say I've had the most fun learning during my time with these professors. They make their lessons applicable to real life and they are truly passionate about what they teach!"-- Sara Penchina
Interests & Involvement
“Delaware is full of clubs and organizations to get involved with. RSOs, or registered student organizations, host a club fair at the start of every spring and fall semester. This is a great way to learn about all the clubs and RSOs on campus.” – Julia Denhoff
“I am currently involved in Greek Life and UDance on campus. UDance is the University of Delaware’s 12 hour dance marathon which raises money for childhood cancer. I find that both Greek Life and UDance are great ways to fill my spare time with something fun but yet rewarding and meaningful.” – Julia Denhoff
"If you are not able to find a club that you don’t fit in to, don’t worry! Thankfully, it’s extremely easy to create a new club here on campus, and all of the supervisors available to help facilitate you with creating your new activity or organization! You must submit a few forms and create a constitution for your organization, but there are faculty members who walk you through this process. Overall, I would encourage students to join as many clubs and organizations as they can because it helps to make the university feel much smaller and allows for you to meet so many new people."-- Jaime Glass
“ The University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens are legendary and the student body's team spirit is no different. On any given day, you will find many students walking around and sporting UD gear. It's the norm and it's awesome.
The University of Delaware proudly supports all sport and even offers intramural and club sports. Not only are the men's sports popular, but the women's sports are, too. On any given weekend, you can find many students supporting the Blue Hens sporting events.
For instance, the Blue Hens football team is extremely popular on campus, especially since NFL stars once played on the field, including Joe Flacco, Gino Gradkowski, Mike Adams, and Pat Devlin.
Whether they play intramural, club, or official sports, many UD students represent their school and their team spirit on and off the field. The Blue Hens family embraces their team spirit and the UD Athletics' Department even created the Twitter hashtag: #BHStateOfMind to further encourage passion and energy during each and every UD sporting event. No matter the day of the week, UD's team spirit is contagious and the message is clear: We are the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens and we are proud of who we are. “ – Kerri Betters
"Being a woman on campus at the University of Delaware opens up a myriad of opportunities. Women on campus take pride in their fashion choices, and many students say that the girls on campus look more put together than the guys.
In addition to a wide variety of women based clubs and organizations, UD has a largely popular Greek life presence on campus. There are 11 PanHellenic sororities: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Sigma, and Sigma Kappa. Recruitment for these organizations begins each spring. In addition, there are 7 multicultural sororities, and three special interest sororities that focus on engineering, agriculture, and music that female students can join as well.
There is both a women’s studies major and minor at UD. Majors can specialize in Global Context or Domestic Violence Prevention and Services, and there is a Sexualities and Gender Studies that is also within the Women and Gender Studies department. There is also a center for women's health on campus, where female students can address personal health issues with the all female staff.
Of the 17,427 students enrolled, about 57 percent are females. Although most girls would probably prefer that there be more men on campus then women, the fact that there are more female students on campus does not seem too apparent."
Food & Drink
“There are four dining halls at the University of Delaware and two student centers that offer food. The food in the dining hall is nothing special however the university does attempt to offer a wide range of options. There is always a salad bar, sandwiches and cereal. Some dining halls lack vegetarian and gluten free options while others are more accommodating. The student centers offer a more diverse food selection than the dining halls and feature foods like sushi, pizza, wraps, custom burgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mexican food, chick-fil-a and much more.” - Madelaine Levey
“There are many great restaurant options right in the heart of UD’s campus. Students can find almost anything they are looking for on UD’s Main Street. Main Street includes options such as bagels, pizza, coffee, sushi, frozen yogurt, smoothies, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. UD is the home of the highly regarded and popular Newark Deli and Bagel, which many students frequent for brunch on the weekends.
Another popular destination is Klondike Kate’s, which offers a different discounted special each night of the week. Recently students have been flocking to Main Stream Nutrition where they can enjoy protein shakes that come in the craziest of flavors. Main Street is also the home to many popular franchised restaurants such as Chipotle, Cosi, Panera, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Papa Johns, Saladworks, and more.
Recently, food carts have increased in popularity and there are multiple different food carts scattered throughout the UD campus. Many restaurants deliver and there are also a ton of late-night options.” – Madelaine Levey
“I would say the typical UD student goes out 1-3 nights per week. Freshman year I remember wandering Cleveland Ave looking for parties if we hadn’t heard of one. My friends and I ended up at sports team parties a lot more often than fraternity parties because they would let our guy friends in without a hassle. The size of Delaware is great because walking from the farthest areas of campus to the other farthest area would only take 25 minutes max.” – Hannah Mueller
"Students have great options to stay in if they choose, and if they are looking to go out, they can certainly find options on that front as well. There are typically fraternity parties happening on weekends but often only girls are allowed in unless a guy is a fraternity brother or friend. Fraternity parties are infamous places for freshman students to go, whereas upper classmen tend to go to friends' apartments and houses and seniors (juniors too) tend to stick to the bars once they're 21 and over. Students typically stick to their friend group, but I'd say that because students know friends from various activities including clubs, sports, and classes, they are also open to going out with new people and switching it up. For students living in the dorms, there are lots of alternatives to going out such as movie nights or game nights in their lounge or the common area of their building. Students can also go ice skating at the University's ice arena or explore main street if they choose not to go out. It's easy to navigate the campus at night because there are buses, and mostly everything is in walking distance. There is also public safety if a student does not feel safe walking home." --Sara Penchina
“The typical pattern of living at UD is: Freshmen-dorm, Sophomore-Towers Apartments, Junior-Off Campus Apartment, Senior-Off Campus House. By the end of first semester of freshmen year, this is what I knew was the regular path and that that’s the path I would follow.” – Hannah Mueller
"Dorms are a lot of fun as a freshman. I think sticking to the dorms as an underclassman is a good option, because most of your friends are still on campus and you have easy access to all of the resources you need, such as nearby dining halls for meals, study lounges, printers, common areas, other students, and staff to help answer questions and provide programming. As a freshman, you have everything you need! My room wasn't spacious, but I loved making a bunch of friends on my floor and staying up late in our lounge talking and finishing homework. I wouldn't trade that experience for anything.
It is strongly recommended to live on campus as a freshman, unless you are commuting. You can choose a roommate if you have one in mind, and it's typically honored. Most freshmen have the ability to meet their roommate prior to coming to school, or they can select each other based off of Facebook, or they can just go in with a completely random roommate. The dorms are safe because they are surrounded by blue lights, which students can activate if they are ever in danger for any reason, and police will be notified of their location. They are protected and more or less enclosed. The freshman dorms are located on West Campus (Dickinson and Rodney) and East Campus (Russell, Lane, Thompson, Redding, & Gilbert, and Harrington is under renovation.)
Dorms host all kinds of bonding activities. During freshman year, your floor will have lots of opportunities to bond and do activities together, plus you're together all the time and usually get meals together too. Your floor holds monthly meetings (and other scheduled meetings as well). Once you move to sophomore housing, you typically live on North Campus. Again, there are lots of resources there for you and your residence hall sponsors events and activities for you to get to know other residents. It is definitely popular to live off-campus as an upperclassman." --Sara Penchina
“The University of Delaware is located in the city of Newark, Delaware. The university is directly located on one of the best and bustling streets in the whole city, Main Street. Main Street has everything you could ever want or need; from restaurants to clothing stores to coffee shops and more, you will never be missing something as long as there is Main Street. Personally my favorite place on Main Street is Newark Deli and Bagels, the equivalent to a New York City bagel is just down the street, and if it can’t cure your hangover, nothing will."
“Other than Main Street, there is the Christiana Mall, which is just a short drive down the road. The mall is complete with an Apple Store, Target, Michaels, restaurants, Nordstrom, and tons of other stores. It’s a great place to walk around on a rainy afternoon or shop for a last minute formal dress."
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