Local Atmosphere

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

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere of Newark, Delaware. It is the perfect college town.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: On campus, it looks really good because you have UD employees taking care of it, but once you go off campus, everything looks a mess.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UD has main st. It is a strip of restarants. There is also shopping,movies, and bowling. It is a fantastic atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There aren't many activities or attractions near by. Few places such as bowling, movie theaters and a mall near 10-15 miinutes. However there are buses that go to NY, Philly, Boston, NC, and other cities for pretty cheap.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Newark is a small town, but there's usually something to do.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Hometown
Newark, Del.
Major
English
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The city of Newark basically consists of one street aptly named Main Street. This street is full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and stores. Over the years, Main Street has become more commercial with the appearance of a Starbucks and numerous tanning salons. While many people complain that this hurts local businesses, other students appreciate the availability of these familiar shops. Most students find plenty of stores to satisfy their appetites and shopping addictions (no tax—yipee!) but not much actual entertainment. The art and music scenes are in the first stages of development, which makes Newark somewhat lacking in that respect.

Newark itself only provides entertainment through its extensive bar community, but it is within driving distance of many major cities. Philadelphia is the closest one and offers night clubs of all sorts, local bands, theater, and museums. In addition, the drive to New York or Washington, D.C., is manageable for day or overnight trips. Some students appreciate this small-town feel and enjoy the scenic campus while others will drive to Philly every weekend. Most students will spend some time exploring the surrounding cities by the time they graduate. It's all a matter of preference, really—what's yours?

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Delaware was the first state to ratify the constitution. You would be surprised how few people know this.
  2. Tax-free shopping! This means that you will constantly encounter out-of-towners who have no idea where they are going and seem to always be driving in front of you. Try not to get in an accident!
  3. Milk is the official state beverage as of June 3, 1983.
  4. Seaford, Del., is the nylon capital of the world. There will be no shortages of panty-hose if you attend this university!
  5. The first beauty contest was held in Delaware and is considered the precursor of the "Miss America" pageant. Thomas Edison was one of the judges.
Notable Natives
  • Eleuthère Irénée du Pont
  • Henry Heimlich
  • Ryan Phillippe
  • Teri Polo
  • Elisabeth Shue
  • George Thorogood
Points of Interest
  • Grand Opera House
  • King of Prussia Mall
  • Main Street Newark
  • Philadelphia
Shopping Centers
  • Christiana Mall
  • Concord Mall
  • Main Street Newark
Movie Theaters
Newark Cinema Center 3
401 Newark Shopping Center
Newark
(302) 737-3720
Movie Theaters
Regal Peoples Plaza Stadium 17
1100 Peoples Plaza
Newark
(302) 834-8515
Major Sports Teams
Wilmington Blue Rocks: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Baltimore: : 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • New York City: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Philadelphia: : 1 hour
  • Washington, D.C.: : 2 hours
Did You Know?
As Newark is mostly made of up college students, slang varies from person to person. The town itself is so overwhelmed with the influx of students that it does not have any defining slang to claim as its own. The mix of students from many different states, along with a wide array of international students, guarantees that everyday language sticks to the most common slang, so everyone can communicate with one another. You should be just fine if you limit yourself to the most general slang words in your vocabulary.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 132 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 132 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 68% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 8% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 131 responses

  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 37% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 131 responses

  • 31% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.

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