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Reviews 2834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love UD, its fun, and has good educational opportunities to advance.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rainy tuesdays. When it gets cold everything seems boring and theres not a whole lot to do.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Its a great little area to be in, very unique with a state park literally at the back door where you can hike, fish, walk, bike.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are many parties but usually get busted by 1 am or so. There are many bars on Main st. which are pretty fun and have different options dependant on what you're looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Main St. is the epitome of off campus dining, hosting a large variety of sit down restaurants, bars and some fast food and convenience stores.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking rates are crazy high and the parking enforcement people are out even during weekend and non regular semester hours.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I haven't taken part in Greek life so I would not be reliable on it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The majority of housing is just a short walk from classes. All the dorms I have been in so far were moderately social. The cost of housing depends on which building you get into, but overall is kind of expensive...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is usually top notch depending on which dining hall you go to. The hours are alright.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Sometimes the buses are late, but they run often and go alll over campus. However the night buses and weekend buses take forever!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students tailgate alot for the the football games, even though our team doesn't do well all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It could be safer, but I'm not really worried about it.

3 College Junior

Weather: Delaware weather's always been testy. I grew up in Delaware, so I'm used to it and it doesn't bother me much. But one day it could be hot as anything and you have to wear shorts and a t-shirt but the next day you might need jeans and a sweater; it's definitely a place you have to check the weather day by day to know what you'll be wearing to class in the morning.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food at this school is pretty awful. Some of it is good, but it's mostly awful. We have some good fast food options in our student centers (Quiznos, Chik-Fil-A) but I will never forgive them for taking away Taco Bell and putting in "Burger Studio". All the food in the dining hall tastes freezer burnt or just not good, but you have to eat it if you want to survive the semester. There's hardly any variety - every so often they'll have "Asian Grille" night or "Fiesta" night or some other themed nonsense to serve something more ethnic, but it's mostly very bland or "American" food - I don't mind it all that much, because I'm picky, but their idea of vegetarian options is to shove a pasta dish in the corner and label it vegetarian or the like. You get a lot more variety in the student centers than you do in the dining halls. Dining halls also have hours that seem convenient but once you go to class you realize how inconvenient it is (the closest dining hall to the main campus has the worst food). It'd be nice if they had something that ran from 7am until 9pm, all day, just so it was easier to plan meals around classes. They do have late night dining, but only at one dining hall, all the way on North campus. They also have "to go" where you slide your meal card and you can take away two styrofoam containers of measured out food vs. being able to go in there and do buffet style. Pencader and Russel both serve UDairy ice cream, which is made on campus, and is probably the most delicious ice cream I've ever had, so I usually tried to go to one of those two dining halls.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I was pretty much forced to go to this school, so I didn't really browse around for options. I really didn't know what I wanted to do and just went with the Three Language Major since that's what I was good at doing in high school, but didn't excel as well as I'd hoped into the college level. If I knew what I knew now about myself, I would probably have chosen a different school with a better program in the careers I want to pursue. Perhaps I would have chosen somewhere else. But I did make some great friends here and I do like some of the things I've done here - so I can't say I entirely regret having to go to this school. It's just not something I've thought about, considering how far into my degrees I am already.

5 College Junior

Athletics: UD is very sports-centric and sports-oriented. I know that ice skaters come from Russia and Italy to be taught by our coaches over the summer, for example. Some of the best coaches call UD home. Many of the UD students support the sports largely and seem very proud of the school.

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is highly overpriced for how run down some of the places are and how unkempt they seem. Most of the apartments are cramped, stained, and you can hear people through every wall. The landlords are always cranky about everything and like to avoid their duties when you need something fixed, even though you pay your rent monthly, they seem to think they don't have the money to fix the things needing fixing. It's closer to a lot more public transportation, but that's about it. I would never walk outside alone at night, it's far away from main campus, most of the apartments or shared houses are run down; but not having to worry about the high costs of on-campus housing, feeling like it is actually YOURS, and not having to abide by any rules but your own is nearly worth all the stress the aforementioned issues cause.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining has gotten better variety in the past years, but it seems like an endless repetition of Chinese food and pizza. There are a few more ethnic places to eat now, which is fantastic. Ali Baba's is always a favorite - a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar. It's probably my favorite place to eat off campus. Otherwise, it's all fast food, one diner, and maybe two places that are mainly vegetarian. Then there's a sprinkling of cafes and coffee shops, both independent and chain. So, we do have variety, but once you've eaten at one place enough times, it'll leave you hungry for more variety.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a fan of Greek life, or the idea of Greek life in general, so anything I say past this will be heavily biased, thus I shall bite my tongue and sally forth.

2 College Junior

Transportation: The town itself is easy enough to navigate on foot because it's so small. UD also provides free student buses that go around campus, which is nice if your dorm is far from the main campus. Aside from that, transportation around here leave a little more to be desired.

The closest airport is a two hour drive away, and I don't rightly know if you can get there by bus (and if you can, it'll probably take 5-6 hours). The SEPTA train runs during the week but it doesn't run during the weekend through our town, which makes no sense, seeing as most people would want to go into places like Philadelphia over the weekend. We have DART buses but they hardly ever keep their schedule and just look so dirty.

The best bet for transportation on this campus if you want to get out of town is to make friends with someone who has a car.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are a lot less computer labs than there used to be, but that left more room for people to study with their own computers, so that was helpful, in a way.

There's two big computer labs that I know of, along with the library. There's many computers, but they fill up fast, so sometimes it's hard to get one around exams. The wireless is available in almost every building and the speed is decent if you're nearer to central campus but gets a little slower if you go North or South. There's no free or discounted software that I know of for students.

The tech support is great and they're all really friendly.

The upper level of the library used to be free to print, but it isn't anymore. I feel with all the essays we have to write and everything, we should at least get to print them for free. It's not too expensive at first glance ($0.05/page, $1/color page) but it really adds up over the semester.

3 College Junior

Administration: There should be stricter rules about alcohol in dorms (excluding the dorms where mostly seniors inhabit) because the amount of times I've seen Freshman and Sophomores being taken to the hospital in ambulances for excessive drinking is ridiculous.

I think that the attendance policy should be a little more lenient, especially to those of use with disabilities or mental health issues where we may have to miss a class or two to keep our health on par.

There needs to be stricter rules about protests/demonstrations because there's a group about abortion that sets up on campus every year that is VERY triggering to look at on the way to school and class. They compare abortion to the Holocaust and genocide, which is so beyond disrespectful, and our school LETS them on campus. This is not okay.

They could be a little more lenient with parking, but they should be stricter about drug and alcohol use for the above reasons.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Per the student health services: they never really know what they're doing. You wait forever until they finally call you in to see you and all they give you is a "cold pack" half the time - just some lozenges and tylenol of some sort, usually. Not much else. Once, I went in and told them that I was sick for three weeks straight (I never get sick) and I waited for two hours for someone to tell me I had a cold - which is basically what I'd told them when I'd gotten there. I've never since gone back. I've had several people they have been misdiagnosed there as well, one of the people who told me also said that she could die if she ever got pneumonia again (they told her she had a cold, but it was pneumonia, so they put her life at risk)

The safety concerns are mostly because I don't trust people in general and as a former victim of assault, I'm *always* concerned with it, regardless of the intense presence of the police. I worry about the excessive drinking because kids on our campus are dumb and irresponsible and don't know when to stop or how to look after their friends. People have died because of such carelessness.

Some of the criminal activity I've heard near campus just makes me feel unsafe in general and non-students on campus make me nervous. I feel like I have to be hyper-vigilant all the time to make sure I'm safe. (But that may just be a personal preference of viewing strangers and potential dangerous situations).

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1 College Junior

Parking: The price for a parking pass in the semester is an outrageous amount of money ($300+) and doesn't make sense to charge that much when we're putting all the money we have and a lot of money we don't have straight back into that school. If you can't get one of those and want one for a parking garage, they're $600. It's completely ridiculous that they would charge that much of students who only want to be there to learn, not have anxiety attacks over how much their parking passes cost.

The parking enforcement officers are always on their game, though. They ticket very fast and efficiently, and you never even see them until a delightful little envelope is attempting to escape from the clutches of your windshield wiper in the breeze.


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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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