Facilities

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

Facilities: The research facilities here are fantastic, with strong programs and faculty as well. It's a nice little college town with a lot of restaurants and shopping and housing, with the strength of a solid research institution.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Facilities for students are very good. Student centers and library are excellent, and a new fitness center is one of the best I've ever seen.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Teachers are great and are always willing to lend a helping hand. The hold office hours which is basically time outside of class to help students one-on-one, which tends to be helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: This college has it all, we have one of the nicest greens that is really picturesque. We have a newly renovated gym for non varsity students, which has everything from 5 basketball courts, rock climbing wall, 3 floors of weights, bikes and equipment. One of the biggest library in the nation, with 2.4 million books.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UD definitely offers some beautiful architecture all over campus. They are constantly building on and improving the campus as well. Our student gym was renovated prior to the 2013/2014 year for millions of dollars and it is beautiful. In addition, there are new academic buildings I have had class in that have state of the art labs and really cool technology. There are plenty of places to study but the library is definitely the go-to place and is usually pretty full. The library is receiving renovations currently to update the look on the inside and I'm sure it will come out great. The gardens and green spaces on campus are beautifully kept and always mowed and trimmed to perfection, which is why students love to lay on the green on nice days.

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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
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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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
437
Campus Size
2,311 acres
Student Centers
  • Perkins Student Center
  • Trabant University Center
Campus Library?
Yes
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
None
Bowling on Campus
None
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.
Traditions
  • 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
www.udel.edu/RSO
Student Newspaper
The Review
www.udreview.com
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
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 86 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 11 responses

  • 25% Homecoming
  • 14% Fightin' Blue Hens
  • 14% Spring Concert
  • 11% St Patty's Day
  • 7% Kissing Arches
  • 7% Greek Week
  • 7% Senior Concert
  • 4% Greek Life President's Ball
  • 4% Vagina Monologues
  • 4% Step Show
  • 4% UDance
  • 0% Fashion Show

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Trabant University Center
  • 23% The Green
  • 16% Dorm rooms
  • 16% The Scrounge
  • 13% Perkins
  • 6% The mall (North and South Central Campus)
  • 3% The Beach

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 36% Main Street
  • 32% Sit on the green in between classes.
  • 18% Go to the gym
  • 5% Running trail
  • 5% Volleyball at Harrington beach
  • 5% Badminton on the Green

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 114 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 93 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 54% 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 8 responses

  • 33% Library assistant
  • 28% Bookstore
  • 28% Fitness center
  • 11% Alumni Office

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% "the rape trail" from rodney to dickenson
  • 40% Kissing arches

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

  • 60% Dining halls
  • 40% Cleaning services

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