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University of Delaware

University of Delaware Rating: 4.1/5 (14 votes)

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Introduction

The University of Delaware (UD) is a public university with a main campus in Newark, Delaware, and satellite campuses in Wilmington, Georgetown, Dover, and Lewes.

UD was founded as a free school in 1743 by the Reverend Francis Alison. Three of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were in the first class at the school—George Read, James Smith, and Thomas McKean. The school went through many locations and names, until, as the Delaware College, it merged with Delaware Women’s College to form the university. Today, with over 19,000 students, UD is the largest school in the state of Delaware.

Academics

UD contains 3 schools and 7 colleges: School of Education; School of Marine Science and Policy, School of Public Policy and Administration; College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; College of Arts and Sciences; Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics; College of Earth, Ocean and Environment; College of Education and Human Development; and College of Health Sciences. Of these, the highly rated College of Arts and Sciences has the highest enrollment. There is a faculty/student ratio of 12:1, which is very low for a public university.

The engineering program is considered to be one of the best in the nation. Other highly rated programs include education, urban affairs, public policy, history, agriculture, science, chemistry, biochemistry, and business. The music programs are also internationally known—the school features their own orchestra, symphony, wind ensemble, steel drum ensemble, early music ensemble, and several jazz groups and choirs. The UD Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, with over 300 members, has a strong reputation for excellence.

UD is remarkable in its emphasis on studying abroad. The university sponsors more than 80 study abroad programs in more than 40 countries. Roughly 45% of undergraduate students go abroad to study at some point during their college careers.

Special Academic Programs

The school features a number of accelerated programs in which programs earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A bachelor’s in hotel management, followed by a master’s in business administration, is available through a plan in which the student attends college for 4 years, works in complementary employment for one year, then returns for a last year of classes.

UD also offers a partnership with Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Once admitted to the joint program, students move seamlessly from earning a bachelor’s at UD to the MD program at Jefferson.

Research Centers

There are several notable research centers on campus. The Disaster Research Center (DRC) researches a wide range of issues and technologies concerning disasters. UD researchers further the academy of information about hazardous spills, crashes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other disasters.

The Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) partners the school with medical facilities, industries, and government bodies across the state. Around 25 faculty members from a dozen departments investigate life sciences in marine, agriculture, health, genomics, and other fields applicable to biotechnology.

In recent years, The institution has launched the University of Delaware Energy Institute (DEI) to advance the field of solar research and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) which seeks to integrate engineering, environmental science, and policy.

Library

The library system contains more than 2.8 million volumes. Through WorldCat Local, the library can get students virtually any resource available in any library in the world. There are 300 databases available to students. The library subscribes to over 31,000 journals and magazines, over 80% of which are available online and available to students from their own computers.

There are over 200 workstations with computers for student use in the Morris Library, plus wireless access throughout all libraries. And for ultimate accessibility, Morris Library is open until 2 in the morning, although the library commons at the entrance to the building (with wireless access) are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

Admissions at UD are quite competitive. 66% of first-year applicants from Delaware and 42% from out of state are admitted.

Students

Student Centers

There are two main student centers on campus, the Trabant University Center and the Perkins Student Center. The Trabant University Center houses a movie theatre, the Trabant Package Center, the YoUDee Shop, study areas, an information desk, and the Vita Nova Gourmet Restaurant, which is a fine dining restaurant run by students in the Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management program. The Perkins Student Center is home to the Counseling Center, the Dining Services Office, the Event Services Office, the radio station, the Student Media Office, Bacchus Theatre, the bookstore, and several other amenities.

Clubs and Organizations

There are nearly 300 registered student organizations on campus, including community service organizations, cultural clubs, honor societies, religious groups, student government, media, and an extensive multicultural student network. Nearly 20% of undergraduates belong to a fraternity or sorority. There are more than two dozen fraternities and sororities coordinated by the Greek Council.

Media

Student publications include The Review, an award-winning independent weekly newspaper; DEconstruction Magazine, an editorial publication; UDress, a twice-yearly fashion publication; and The Mainstreet Journal, a forum for creative writing. Students also produce aUDio, an online music magazine. The student-run radio station, WVUD, broadcasts at 91.3 FM. The Student Television Network (STN) broacasts original content, live sports coverage, and movies.

Student Services

The college offers a full range of student services. The university is well known for being on the forefront of wireless access—there are wireless connections in all major locations, including dining halls, residence hall lounges, the library, the student centers, and most of the classroom buildings.

Students with disabilities have the use of The Assistive Technology Center, including software such as ZoomText, JAWS for Windows, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Duxbury Braille translation, and Kurzweil 3000.

Residence Halls

First year students are required to live either in university housing or at home with a parent or guardian. Most of the residence halls offer both single and double rooms. There are a limited number of suites and apartments, which are mostly assigned to upperclassmen. Residence halls are nearly all coeducational, some by floor and some by alternating room. All residences provide furniture, ethernet connections, and laundry facilities for student use.

Special interest housing is available to students who wish to live and study with like-minded people at the Ray Street Complex. Special interest houses change on a regular basis, but recent and popular living complexes have included an eco-house community, a healthy living community, a crafts community, a music community, the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanities community, and the H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership community.

Dining on Campus

There are around 15 dining locations on campus, including the snack bars Bleecker St, Figure Eight, Walter’s Café, Roundhouse, and Smittys; dining halls in the residence hall complexes; convenience stores; and food courts with fast food and other easy dining options such as Starbucks, Konomi Sushi, Quizno’s, Zoca, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Grille Works.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The athletic department is known as the Fightin’ Blue Hens. The department’s mascot, YoUDee, is a Blue Hen chicken, the state bird of Delaware. UD participates in 22 intercollegiate varsity sports in NCAA Division I and belongs to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Football is the most popular sport at UD. The team has won 6 national titles in recent years. Other strong teams at the school include the men’s lacrosse team, the women’s field hockey team, the women’s volleyball team, and the women’s rowing team. The university also features a large and well-known figure skating club.

Alumni

Notable athletic alumni include head football coach at Western Michigan University Bill Cubit; quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco; CBS sports analyst Rich Gannon; NFL referee Scott Green; fitness guru (of Oprah fame) Bob Greene; ESPN anchor Tom Mees; and Hall of Fame baseball player Vic Willis.

Successful alumni in business and industry include CEO of McAfee Dave DeWalt; Sony Pictures Entertainment president Steve Mosko; Senior vice president of Walt Disney Kristin Nolt Wingard; senior managing director of Blackstone Group Ken Whitney; senior researcher for Mirriam-Webster Jon R. Caloia; and CEO of National Association of Corporate Directors Kenneth Daly.

Other well-known UD alumni include Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States; Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States; actors Steve Harris, Suzanne Graff, and Page Kennedy; singer and guitarist George Thorogood; astronaut Lodewijk van den Berg; inventor of Gore-Tex Robert W. Gore; Nobel Prize winner Daniel Nathans; and astrophysicist Peter Thejll.

Faculty

Notable faculty at UD include philosophers Richard Hanley and Donald West Warward; Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry Richard F. Heck; economic advisor to the Sri Lankan government Ravi A. Yatawara; former president of the Federal Reserve Bank William Poole; and former Lieutenant Governor of Delaware Shien Biau Woo.

Information Summary

Ranks 1st in Delaware and 95th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Delaware and 436th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 6 0.03
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 27 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.00
Arrest 105 0.49

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 80 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 7 0.02
Robbery 43 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 179 0.56
Larceny 746 2.35
Vehicle theft 24 0.08

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2300th for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1000

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 486th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,580 $10,580 $28,400
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,532 $1,532 $1,532
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $441 $441 $1,183
FT Graduate Tuition $28,404 $28,404 $28,404
FT Graduate Required Fees $842 $842 $842
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,578 $1,578 $1,578
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,612 $25,612 $43,432
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,612 $25,612 $43,432
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,412 $14,412 $32,232

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,192 $11,682 $11,192 $11,682 $27,462 $28,772
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,196 $10,758
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,196 $10,758
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$75
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 25,458 (10,767 male / 14,691 female)
Admitted 16,467 (6,543 male / 9,924 female)
Admission rate 65%
First-time Enrollment 4,224 (1,746 male / 2,478 female)
FT Enrollment 4,210 (1,740 male / 2,470 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (6 male / 8 female)
Total Enrollment22,166

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Basketball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Baseball Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Colonial Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

204th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 29

SAT Test Admission

249th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1060 / 1280

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,372
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,810
Board Fee$4,390

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 335 234 235 174 7 3,533 131 4,717
Accounting 39 3 4 7 1 101 3 159
African-American/Black Studies 5 1 6
Agricultural Business and Management, General 1 1 1 11 14
Agricultural Teacher Education 6 6
Agriculture, General 1 1 17 19
American/United States Studies/Civilization 7 7
Animal Sciences, General 1 3 2 14 1 21
Anthropology 1 4 22 27
Apparel and Textiles, General 3 2 1 58 64
Applied Mathematics, General 3 3
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 9 10
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 2 1 10 14
Behavioral Aspects of Health 6 3 1 36 2 49
Biochemistry 2 1 2 26 1 32
Bioinformatics 4 4
Biology Teacher Education 2 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 3 7 22 97 2 143
Biotechnology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 36 1 2 13 84 1 141
Chemical Engineering 11 2 5 1 36 2 58
Chemistry Teacher Education 2 2
Chemistry, General 5 1 1 2 13 1 23
Civil Engineering, General 7 4 5 6 1 94 2 120
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 6 3 2 19 1 32
Cognitive Science 2 3 2 41 1 50
Computational Biology 1 3 4
Computer Engineering, General 5 4 1 1 15 1 27
Computer Software Engineering 2 1 3
Computer and Information Sciences, General 21 1 2 7 27 58
Criminology 12 3 3 96 2 118
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management 1 1
Curriculum and Instruction 1 20 21
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 22 1 24
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 2 2 32 39
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 40 2 44
Earth Science Teacher Education 5 5
East Asian Studies 1 2 1 4
Ecology 2 2 4
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 3 1 4 8
Economics, General 14 1 3 3 1 63 4 91
Economics, Other 1 1 2
Education, General 1 1 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 3 5
Educational/Instructional Technology 6 6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 7 1 1 21 3 34
Elementary Education and Teaching 6 8 3 127 3 147
Engineering Technology, General 1 4 10 1 16
Engineering, Other
Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 3 4
English Language and Literature, General 1 9 7 2 98 5 123
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1 28 3 33
Entomology 4 1 5
Environmental Science 1 2 1 30 35
Environmental Studies 2 13 16
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 2 3 15 20
European Studies/Civilization 2 2
Fashion/Apparel Design 1 15 16
Finance, General 66 7 14 4 158 4 256
Fine/Studio Arts, General 2 2 22 4 30
Food Science 8 8
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 2 13 16
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 2 3 6 2 42 2 57
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 3 4
General Studies 3 27 23 14 1 172 1 249
Geography 1 13 14
Geology/Earth Science, General 7 1 8
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1 5 6
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 11 12
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 8 8
Historic Preservation and Conservation 2 14 1 17
History Teacher Education 1 15 17
History, General 7 3 3 87 2 104
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 3 1 1 5
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 2 1 6 1 71 9 90
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 1 3 5
Human Nutrition 1 4 5
Human Services, General 1 6 5 5 65 3 86
Information Science/Studies 2 1 2 5
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 2 18 22
International Relations and Affairs 3 3 4 1 44 4 60
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 12 6 142 5 174
Landscape Architecture 2 1 6 9
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 1 1 3 5
Latin American Studies 1 1 1 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 7 7
Linguistics 1 4 5
Management Information Systems, General 2 2 16 20
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 1 1 1 16 1 20
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 11 1 105 4 126
Materials Science 2 1 1 4
Mathematics Teacher Education 10 10
Mathematics, General 10 2 3 28 1 45
Mechanical Engineering 5 2 5 4 97 5 118
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Performance, General 2 2
Music Teacher Education 1 2 21 2 26
Music, General 1 2 1 3 22 1 30
Music, Other 1 1
Natural Resource Economics 2 2
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other 2 1 1 6 11
Natural Resources Management and Policy 5 5
Neuroscience 1 2 2 1 28 3 37
Nutrition Sciences 2 2
Ocean Engineering 1 1
Operations Management and Supervision 14 14
Operations Research 2 1 3
Organizational Leadership 3 4 7
Philosophy 1 1 1 9 1 14
Physics, General 2 1 13 16
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Plant Sciences, General 8 8
Plant Sciences, Other 2 2 5
Political Science and Government, General 5 5 5 1 80 5 102
Political Science and Government, Other 2 2
Pre-Veterinary Studies 1 3 39 4 49
Psychology Teacher Education 1 1
Psychology, General 1 15 13 5 151 10 198
Public Administration 4 4 1 11 20
Public Health, General 1 5 6
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 1 12 16
Reading Teacher Education 3 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 18 8 5 162 3 201
School Psychology 9 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 14 17
Social Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Sociology 1 8 3 2 41 1 57
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 5 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 8 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 4 8 2 107 3 126
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 1 36 40
Statistics, General 16 1 3 3 24
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 4 1 4 10
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management 1 1
Urban Education and Leadership 1 3 34 3 41
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 2 6 9
Voice and Opera 2 2
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 1 1 1 18 2 23
Women's Studies 1 1 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 113th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $110,446 ($119,390 male / $90,848 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,112 (664 male / 448 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,162
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $70,880,980
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