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.