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Location
Newark, DE
Undergrads
15,558
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is tough, but this is a great school where many great people have come from. Neighbors, family friends and potential future employers have told me that if they see UD on an application, that application automatically gets moved to the top of the pile because their programs produce such great graduates.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Most of the professors are pretty great and depending on your major, most people's workload is fairly manageable. However there could be more chances to do better in courses and more major, minor, and graduate options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I love the classes I am taking right now, the teachers are great and the material is interesting. There is a large workload though, and I study about 3 hours every night. The advisors can be helpful in choosing classes and planning your college route, but I switched majors which was an annoying process where the advisors were helpless to me.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are great. Business, Engineering, Communications, and Nursing are the main fields of study I heard have great programs but I'm sure there are a lot more. Breadth requirement teachers are either really good or awful. The class registration process is the most annoying thing ever; you can plan out your whole schedule 20 minutes before it's time to register and then find out that all of the classes that you need to take are already full OR RESERVED FOR AA STUDENTS so you have to go talk to an adviser or something.. but the workload is average; obviously depending on your major and classes. Studying abroad is a huge thing here so I would definitely recommend checking that out.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a dietetics major at my school has been nothing but a great experience so far. The school offers very interactive nutrition courses that are hands-on and intriguing. They offer a student-run, nutrition and dietetics club here on campus for those in the major, and by participating in this myself, it has opened so many opportunities for me to improve my resume for the dietetics internship I will be applying to in just a couple of years. I've gone on Food Bank trips with this club and have established a closer relationship with local facilities at the many health fairs we get the chance to work at through the club. The workload is average most of the time, however each of the assignments I've done up to this point, have been interesting rather than being considered just annoying homework. Food logs and creating recipes have made me realize that I am definitely studying in the right field because of how much I've enjoyed doing them. With a new Health Sciences building being constructed at the university, the facilities will be expanded because of the high popularity that this college has for Health Science majors like my own. The internships for Dietetics students that are required to become a registered dietician are very easy to come by in just the surrounding area here in Delaware. There are plenty of outlets with health care partners and the percentage of individuals that come out with a job through their internship is quite large. So many doors will open for me by studying dietetics here at the University of Delaware and I am very much satisfied with how things have been going so far in this field.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 87th
    Best Course Variety
  • 163rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 344th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 622nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 696th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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The freshman classes for UD are getting smarter as the qualifications for acceptance are steadily becoming harder to meet. The result is UD's increasing reputation for providing a strong education for its students. It is currently ranked on the second tier of large universities for its academic program. Besides the extensive requirements, like forcing students to learn a foreign language, students also have the benefit of some excellent professors. The professors here are all experienced in their field and often become quite close with their students.

Most students agree that their classes and professors fulfill their academic needs, especially in the more advanced courses. There is a tendency for introductory classes to be taught in large lecture halls, or to be taken over by TAs when there is a staffing shortage, and this is the major downfall of classes at UD. Staffing shortages have become alarming, causing some people to question the University's budget priorities. Upper-level classes are much smaller and provide the comfortable atmosphere that allows students and professors to really get to know each other. Friendships often form that extend outside of the classroom. They don't happen automatically, though. Try raising your hand in class every once in a while because even if you aren't certain you know the answer, you'll have a better chance of getting to know your professor.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,131
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
41
Total FT Faculty
1,131
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,703
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
63%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
137
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 36%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
  • College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • General Studies: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)
  • English (including composition)
  • First-Year Experience Seminar
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Multicultural courses
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Coffee shops/diners
  • Dorm lounges/common rooms
  • Library
  • The Scrounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Be aware of your alcohol tolerance before you get here.
  • Buy shoes you can walk in.
  • Buy your books and read them.
  • Don't get behind on the syllabus.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class!
  • Ignore the pre-formed class pathways and take whatever you want the first year.
  • Wear a coat in winter, even if it clashes with your partying outfit!
Did You Know?
  • The University houses one of the largest collections of items by, or devoted to, author and playwright Samuel Beckett.
  • UD is building a modern hotel where HRI majors can gain experience.
  • UD has its own student-run four-star restaurant.
  • There's a 434-acre experimental farm for animal science majors.
  • It is strongly recommended that you go on at least one of UD's extensive study abroad programs.
  • Memorial Hall houses a writing center to assist you in all your writing endeavors.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 99 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 45% Joe Flacco
  • 34% Joseph Biden - 47th U.S. vice president
  • 10% Chris Christie
  • 3% Jill Biden
  • 3% Susan Stroman
  • 3% Gino Gradkowski
  • 0% Rich Gannon - quarterback for the Oakland Raiders
  • 0% Kevin Mench - MLB player

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 94 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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