Newark, DE
Tuition (in-state)
$25,940 ($9,670)
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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are two student centers that hold fast food places and study lounges, pool tables, a movie theater etc.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The buildings are pretty updated. The Green is the mainstay of UD hosting numerous events throughout the year.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus life is very serine if you are looking for that. It is very peaceful and has a lot of areas where you can lounge out in the sun or toss a football around with some friends. The facilities are very beneficial too. The library has a lot of resources to offer as well as plenty of space to get work done. The gym has a variety of equipment for students to use and it is very well maintained. For the social students, the campus houses a variety of places where students can go and have a good time. Main street houses plenty of restaurants and shops for students to go and enjoy. The two student centers house a variety of activities for students to partake in. One houses a movie theater while the other house an area where students can go to play video games, pool, pingpong, air hockey or to just hangout.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The university offers a variety of academic programs for students to choose from along with an abundant amount of professors that teach many different subjects.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have concerts on the Green when it is nice outside. The main athletic center was built this year, it is huge and beautiful inside. That is where I take zumba and dance classes.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 189th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 198th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 249th
    Best Student Centers
  • 570th
    Best Library
  • 1046th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Newark, Del.
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A main priority here at UD is to keep the campus as aesthetically pleasing and well-equipped as possible. The University (quite amusingly) fights a losing battle to keep the grass growing in areas that are major student hang-outs. Besides these few areas, the landscaping and architecture is stunning, and many students have said they chose Delaware simply because "it was so pretty." While this may not be a good reason to choose a college, it definitely reflects the quality of the facilities and overall appearance on campus.

Besides aesthetics, UD facilities are quite functional as well. The gym is fully equipped and always remarkably clean for a gym. The campus provides computer labs, study areas, and food courts fully stocked and impeccably clean for student enjoyment. Most students find themselves overwhelmingly pleased with their surroundings and the equipment provided for their use.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,311 acres
Student Centers
  • Perkins Student Center
  • Trabant University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Agriculture Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Marine Studies Library
  • Morris Library
  • Physics Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Beach
  • Dorm rooms
  • The mall (North and South Central Campus)
  • The Scrounge
  • Trabant University Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Euro Bistro
  • Starbucks
  • The Scrounge
Movie Theater on Campus
In the Trabant University Center
School Slang
  • The Beach: Sandy or grassy area (depending on the University's current diligence in making the grass grow) located on East Campus
  • The Bob: The Bob Carpenter Convocation Center
  • Harry Mart: Mini-mart in Harrington Commons
  • The Hot Dog Lady: Only street vendor on Main Street who often joins local student gatherings and sometimes drinks with the students
  • Kegs & Eggs: Waking up by 9 a.m. and drinking with breakfast; common on Homecoming
  • Little Bob: Refers to the Bob Carpenter Center that contains the student fitness center. This is opposed to the Bob Carpenter Convocation Center, which is much bigger.
  • The Mall: The grassy area running between the buildings on North and South Central Campus. It has recently been renamed "The Green," but don't let anyone hear you calling it this. Most vehemently refuse to abandon the familiar name.
  • Mug Night: Thursday night binge drinking at the Stone Balloon
  • Rodjects: The Rodney dorms are often referred to by this name to illustrate the small cramped quarters, and the often unclean surroundings that are often associated with housing projects.
  • Fashion Show: Every year, the apparel design students put on a fashion show to demonstrate what they've learned over the years.
  • Fightin' Blue Hens: The school's mascot is taken from a military battalion's pastime of watching Blue Hens fight each other in 1775. As the hens demonstrated great ferocity and success in battle, this battalion earned the nickname, "Blue Hen's Chickens." The bird was adopted as the state bird in 1939, and it lent its status to the UD sports teams.
  • Greek Week: This is a festival involving all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. They participate in powder-puff football games and talent contests, produce a one-day game area on the Beach, and demonstrate their Greek pride in other ways over the week.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a big deal at the UD and is generally celebrated with an all-day drinking binge starting with "kegs and eggs."
  • Kissing Arches: These arches divided the men's and women's campuses before dorms were coed. When the girls had to go home for curfew, couples would linger under the arches kissing good night.
Urban Legends
UD is one of Playboy's top 10 party schools. Think again!
Favorite Things To Do
Some of popular activities on campus include: the annual fashion show, concerts in Mitchell Hall and the Bob Carpenter Center, dance performances, fitness classes from aerobics to yoga to Tai Chi, local bands in the Scrounge, plays in the Bacchus Theatre, swimming in the indoor and outdoor pool, or comedians in the Scrounge or Bob Carpenter Center. On an average day, students enjoy having a meal in one of the many dining locations across campus, going for ice cream or snacks, playing pool, or playing volleyball on the sand courts.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Review
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 84 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 30% Homecoming
  • 15% Fightin' Blue Hens
  • 15% Spring Concert
  • 10% Senior Concert
  • 5% Greek Week
  • 5% UDance
  • 5% St Patty's Day
  • 5% Greek Life President's Ball
  • 5% Vagina Monologues
  • 5% Step Show
  • 0% Kissing Arches
  • 0% Fashion Show

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 8 responses

  • 24% Trabant University Center
  • 19% The Green
  • 19% Dorm rooms
  • 14% The Scrounge
  • 10% Perkins
  • 10% The mall (North and South Central Campus)
  • 5% The Beach

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Main Street
  • 31% Sit on the green in between classes.
  • 12% Go to the gym
  • 6% Running trail
  • 6% Volleyball at Harrington beach
  • 6% Badminton on the Green

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 113 responses

  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 51% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 32% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 90 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 36% Library assistant
  • 29% Bookstore
  • 29% Fitness center
  • 7% Alumni Office


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