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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It would have been nice to get some financial aid, but I was awarded a scholarship for merit without even applying for it.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I guess it's really good, I didn't rush this semester therefore, I'm not in greek life but, everyone who is loves it.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't use the campus transportation because I would rather walk and I don't like waiting, or using the bus.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Any given night of the week there is somewhere to go, you do have to know some people in order to get access, but that isn't very difficult, just ask around.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I constantly see students walking around campus proudly wearing their sport's team apparel. The games have a great turnout, but it's hard to get to the games since the busses get crowded quickly. Our recreation gym, The little Bob, is amazing. It's new so everything is nice and beautiful inside, also the fitness classes they offer for students are great.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's not a necessity at all but if you do it you will definitely have a lot of friends and parties to go to. They don't really do much community wise except for participate in UDance. They're cool though, if you are worried about fitting in or not making friends, I would say join Greek Life.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm a minority and have a uncommon major and I was pretty involved in high school with a good GPA so I'm sure that helped me get my financial aid. If you're not a minority I suggest just getting active in high school and in the community because that will help them know you'll be active at UD as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is just not near anything else on campus so it's annoying to go there if you're sick or hurt. The people there are pretty nice and semi-helpful, just like any general doctor's office. Safety wise, I have never felt unsafe on campus. We get UD alerts from time to time about people getting robbed or assaulted or something but you just have to be smart and aware of your surroundings. Just don't be stupid and walk by yourself at 3 am and you'll be fine. Campus police don't really do anything but give parking tickets and occasionally break up parties but I guess it's good that they never have anything to do.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College town definitely. I found out that Main Street is "Downtown Newark" and I laughed because I'm used to a bigger city. But if you want a place where everything in the area is based on the college, this would be the place for you. There are restaurants and bars and a subpar club all in walking distance and a really nice mall and a decent movie theater nearby. There is also ice skating that is really cheap for UD students and a semi-sketchy movie theater and bowling alley on Main Street. There are always people who live in the area on Main Street, especially on the weekends but they understand it's a college campus and seem to like the college students. I like the atmosphere, definitely a nice place to be.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: Delaware weather is so iffy. Just like any other Mid-Atlantic area weather. I'm from Maryland so I'm used to it. There will be a week where is it 65 and sunny one day and 20 degrees and snowing the next, then 40 and extremely windy. It changes a lot but it definitely isn't a deal breaker; those normally happen when the seasons are changing. Spring semester after spring break is beautiful and fall semester before thanksgiving is great too. It's just something you have to get used to.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people more off campus for their junior year, some earlier some later. I know a lot of people either do it to avoid the housing process and not getting the dorm/roommate they requested, to have cheaper housing, or to just avoid the dorm rules. There is a lot of off campus housing but I would recommend looking as early as possible (like sept or early oct) to get the best prices and the best locations. The prices vary but are all cheaper than the dorms. There are a lot on Main Street so very convenient and close to campus. They building new townhouses and apartments every year so if you're really proactive about it you could definitely get newly built or renovated housing. I'm living off campus next year and the process was hard at first just deciding where I wanted to live but after you get past the initial stress there are a lot of resources that can help make it easier.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: We have a bunch of computer labs, most people bring their laptops so I've never really seen a lab full or not been able to find a computer. Some classes require you to use specific software that the average person may not have so you would have to go to the labs if you don't want to pay for it,but they're very available. Printing is good, you get 5 dollars of printing every semester and its like 5 cents a page so it's not bad at all. There are printers all over campus too so it's rarely an issue. Our wifi is iffy. It doesn't work on the shuttle buses even though they lie and brag about that all the time on tours. Some buildings have awful wifi but generally speaking it's pretty good. I rely on it all the time and it has rarely let me down.

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 Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Two words; MAIN STREET. There are tons of restaurants on main street and they cover every type of food you could possibly imagine. There are chain restaurants and nice local ones too. Burgers, sushi, middle eastern food, frozen yogurt, pizza; anything you could want and it is all on campus. A little farther away are tons of other places to eat too, even a Wawa. Definitely recommend Newark Deli & bagels, Over Easy, Jimmy Johns.. and DP Dough for late nights. Basically anywhere on Main Street though. People make it a goal to eat everywhere on Main Street by the time they graduate; highly suggested.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: UD has a great business school, it was part of the reason why I chose this school. There are always employers on campus and tons of clubs and events that you can go to that are business school related. BUT I will say that a lot of people coming to campus are the big 4 accounting firms so a lot of stuff is focused on Accounting or MIS related majors. A ton of people major in marketing but as far as I know there aren't that many marketing companies that come to school. But the classes are a whole are great. Once you get part the general breadth requirements the professors are really cool and very helpful. Some are hard but that's because it is such a good school; just have to be willing to work hard.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a sophomore so finding an internship in your field is extremely difficult but not impossible. You just have to figure out what companies you're interested and go to every event that they have on campus to get your face known so they remember you. The career services center website has a ton of positions for any major so it is definitely a good resource. Since I'm a business major most internships I would have or ones that my friends have had have been either full time during about 8-10 weeks in the summer or a sales internship where you choose your hours and work off commission. The key to getting an internship is all about putting yourself out there and setting yourself apart from every one else.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always stuff to do if you know the right people. Whether it's St. Patty's Day or a random tuesday night, if you want to go out; I'm pretty sure you could. Warm weather means a ton of day drinks, cold weather means a much of night time off campus parties. There are also parties in trabant a few times a semester that mostly minorities go to that are pretty fun. Fake ID's don't really work here bar-wise so you have to be 21 when it comes to that but they close really early so you're not missing out on much unless it's a special day. You definitely don't have to be 21 to have a good time at this school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity as whole is pretty decent when it comes to everything except for race. Definitely people of different backgrounds, political beliefs, economic statuses and all; but race is iffy. It is getting better in the fact that there are a lot of diverse people but when it comes to intermingling between racial groups, that's were the problem is. Most white students don't go to black/asia/latino/etc events. But I've barely heard of any really racist things going on here to that's always a good thing. People are very tolerant.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The Varsity sports are only good when one of our teams is going well. This year we made the NCAA tournament for men's basketball and had a really good season overall so basketball season was fun, but last year no one cared about them. That's basically the overall trend. The only games people really go to are football games when it's the first game or homecoming. School spirit is pretty decent overall, but mainly when we have a major team that is above average.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on where you live but every dorm as its perks. West Campus is awful but it's close to classes and Main Street, and its also very social. East campus is social, nice dorms, but pretty far from Main Street and some classes (even though there are always parties near East Campus). North Campus has the best dorms as a whole. They are mostly new except for the Towers but you get your own kitchen and a looot more space so it's still great. Central Campus dorms are all old and pretty subpar but they are right by classes and Main Street so they have a perfect location (not by a dining hall though). And dorms on the South Green.. I've never been but I know they're old but people rarely request those dorms so its likely you'll get a single. But Housing overall is pretty good, every dorm has its pros and cons.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus has never been a major concern of mine, since I had never felt like I had been in danger in anyway. However things such as walking alone at night, and the amount of residents who do not attend the school and simply live around the campus that are around, I can be leery about at times. The major concern here for me is the amount of criminal activity that goes on near the campus. The surrounding area and city of the university can sometimes get a bit dangerous at night and it is not as built up as the campus is. There is a fear sometimes that this activity could go on somewhere on campus in the near future, but I trust the campus police will continue doing their job at keeping the student body safe.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The local weather here in Delaware is very inconsistent. One day it can sunny and mild and then the very next day it can be cold and rainy. It does have somewhat of an impact on my campus experience because having to walk everywhere and having to deal with some very bad weather days, or never really knowing how to dress accordingly can be a challenge.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity at this school is not as much as the high school I came from, but I still come in contact with students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds on a daily basis. Our school provides many multicultural Greek organizations, and clubs to cater to minority students and they host a multicultural event for those students accepted who are high school seniors and allow them the experience to meet other students in the same position and learn how diverse this campus is becoming each year. Many students embrace their backgrounds and groups and do not in any way feel ostracized for not "fitting in". Everyone is welcoming and there is no discrimination. The clubs and organizations here make it easier for these students to come together and find those similar to them. It is definitely beneficial when transitioning to such a large student population.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is a popular activity here, just as it is at any college campus. Fortunately the school does a good job at offering other things for students to take part in when this becomes prevalent at nighttime functions on campus. It is easily avoidable and not something students are forced into doing in order to enjoy themselves and have fun. Students who do drink do not make a huge effort conceal it. Yes, the parties thrown off-campus are usually in basements with little to no students congregating outside exposing their alcohol. However, the bars lining main street have outdoor tables where you can take your drinks outside amongst the public while on the patio. So if you are strolling by, you can come in contact with that crowd. There is an amnesty policy here at the university, and drinking or alcohol found in the dorms is punishable and will not be tolerated. Campus police do their best to control the underage drinking here.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just finished applying for my off-campus apartment for next year. During the process and looking at the many options, I found that many already came furnished and they were all very much renovated. At first, the kind of apartment my friends and I had been prepared to move into had already been taken up in just a matter of days, and we had put our application in fairly early. We were fortunate enough to be able to settle for a different style apartment in the same complex, but some students were denied completely because the facility had been all full. Off-campus housing is very popular among upperclassmen here at the school even though we are guaranteed housing on-campus for all 4 years. So it is very important to get your application in far ahead of time. The cost is very much on the expensive side. Much more than if one were to live on campus with a meal plan! It is very intimidating to realize how much the monthly rent will be, and you will definitely be paying more no matter where off-campus you live than if you lived on-campus. Many of the off-campus complexes provide their own parking lot with spaces for you and all of your roommates to have a car. The safety is pretty tight and there are many liabilities and strict rules that are laid out when signing the leasing agreement. I cannot speak so much on how much help the school offers with off-campus housing since my friends and I reached out to this facility directly, but with some realtors with offices on Main Street, I believe the school makes it convenient for students to seek off-campus housing on their own.

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By the end of their years here, most students look back and are happy with their choice. They've received a good education and generally met some people with whom they will keep in touch for many years in "real" life. This love of the school comes about gradually for many students. While some students love it automatically and fit in easily with the relatively homogenous campus, others take longer to find their place and truly start to enjoy themselves.

While many students have a slow start here at Delaware, they all report that once they decided to give it a chance, they found their experience rewarding both academically and socially. This University tends to provide a nice balance between a social life and an academic one. There is always plenty of time to hang out and get your work done, so no matter what you are interested in, you have a chance to get it all done. This is the major benefit of attending the University of Delaware.

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