University of Delaware
210 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-8123
January 15 application deadline
January 15 accepted
University of Delaware is a public institution that was founded in 1743. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,733, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 2,040 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. University of Delaware's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,208 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,408 (2011-12).
For students interested in attending the University of Delaware, it pays to live in the state. Delaware residents are given first priority when it comes to admissions, and more than 90 percent who apply will be accepted. Less than half (46 percent) of all out-of-state applicants are admitted. For all who receive admission, there are more than 280 student clubs and organizations on the school’s lush campus in downtown Newark. Nearly 20 percent of students are involved in the school’s large Greek system, which has 25 fraternities and nearly 20 sororities. The Fightin’ Blue Hens sports teams, named after a Delaware Revolutionary War battalion with the same nickname, compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association. The mascot is a costumed bird named YoUDee, and a group of live Blue Hen chickens reside on the school farm. Freshmen must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent’s local home. When students want to leave campus, Wilmington is 8 miles away. Philadelphia is a 45-mile drive and Baltimore is 55 miles away. The University of Delaware ran the nation’s first study abroad program in 1923, and, these days, 45 percent of undergraduates opt to spend time in another country.
The University of Delaware offers more than 150 graduate degree programs, including some through the highly ranked School of Education and College of Engineering. In addition to its main location in Newark, the university has campuses throughout Delaware and teaching facilities in Paris, London, and China. The school also has a sea-faring research facility, a 146-foot ship called Hugh R. Sharp. As a land, sea, and space grant institution, the University of Delaware receives federal funding for research in all three areas. Notable University of Delaware alumni include U.S. Vice President Joe Biden; Robert Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex; and Chuck Lewis, founder of the Center for Public Integrity.
School mission (as provided by the school):
The University of Delaware is a state-assisted institution of higher learning with a private charter. Our private characteristics--smaller classes, an endowment over $1 billion, breathtaking campus and students from every state in the nation and 100 countries--at an affordable price are some of the many qualities that make UD unique. Among our distinguished faculty are internationally known authors, scientists and artists, including Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellows and members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. With more than 125 majors and 100 minors in seven colleges, UD is focused on an enriched undergraduate education from start to finish, including the First Year Seminar. Led by faculty working closely with upper-level undergraduate peer mentors, these seminars emphasize class discussion and assist students as they adjust to college life. Prior to graduation, all students will also have discovered a greater depth of learning through one of UD's signature academic programs. The University Honors Program, one of the nation's oldest, attracts many of our best students with thoughtful advising, private music instruction, a writing fellows program, a living and learning community and Honors degrees. Our nationally acclaimed Undergraduate Research Program enables students to work with faculty as research assistants, conduct independent research and publish or present findings. The Medical Scholars Program allows a select number of academically competitive students to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from UD and an M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. The first Study Abroad in the world was founded at the University of Delaware in 1923 and now includes hundreds of courses across a spectrum of disciplines on all seven continents, including Antarctica. Each year, some 1,400 UD students study abroad, giving UD one of the highest university rates of student participation in the nation. In addition, Service Learning experiences, combined with academic studies, improve and strengthen the world in which we live, while simultaneously creating a greater sense of civic responsibility that students will take with them into the future. UD's commitment to our students is evident in our programming and facilities (including new residence halls that opened in 2005, 2006 and 2008) and in the number of scholars we produce each year--Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and more, not to mention nationally ranked student-athletes. The future--with successes unique to each of our graduates--is something that UD takes seriously.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1743
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - 4-1-4
Setting - suburban
2010 Endowment - N/A
Selectivity - more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 54%
Application deadline - January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - January 15
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 15:1
4-year graduation rate - 62% - High
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20% Social Sciences 13% Education 10% Health Professions and Related Programs 8% Engineering 7%