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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Newark, DE is a great town. It's not a big city but it has what you need. Main Street runs right though campus with tons of shops and restaurants, there's a shuttle bus to a nearby (large) mall. Campus is great, partys on weekends or staying in with friends, there's always something going on at school. And, if you want to go further, you can take the Mega Bus to many nearby cities (i.e. Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Philly, etc.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: When i first started it was a hassle to get the money from financial aid to my account. But i would have liked to received some scholarships.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: You don't need a car. Plenty of bus transportation. I walk all over campus. Parking is expensive and spaces are at a premium. You will be towed if you don't have a permit. I don't know the cost of a permit but i'm told it's over #500.00. a semester or a year.

1 College Junior

Local Area: I'm a fourth year student here. I've enjoyed a number of classes, but haven't been able to get much out of it because of the student culture, even though the professors here are often great. If you come to Delaware, you'll probably have a few good times, but this place has serious issues. It can be massively isolating for many of the students here. People are unfriendly and untrusting / cold, like there is a serious apathy / depression epidemic. The mental health overall is just bad. Someone shot themselves in the head on the library patio last year. The girls here are quite attractive, but that doesn't mean they're cool.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus shuttles are free but the only truly convenient shuttle is an express bus that runs through only the major parts of campus. The rest of the shuttles that go to other parts of campus run very little and generally only during the week. Another thing is that the express bus doesn't run on weekends which can be annoying. Driving anywhere locally or around campus can be a hassle because traffic around Newark is pretty congested during peak hours. As far as long distance traveling is concerned, there is a coach bus that goes to many major in within 3-4 hours drive for an extremely reasonable price. And there are also 3 airports within an hour and a half of campus and an Amtrak station south of campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are a lot of places to choose from, very few places offer student discounts. Aside from this, there isn't much variety in the kind of food and there aren't particularly fantastic locations. The upside is that almost off campus dining options are relatively near campus and a handful of places offer delivery late at night. Overall, whether it may be a sit down dinner at Klondike Kates or Ali Baba's or something as quick and cheap as possible like Little Caesars, there's something for everyone.

2 College Junior

Diversity: UD is mixed on diversity. When it comes to the number of ethnic students on campus it is very low and I've heard the school has been failed on this by several publications and rankings. The student body and professors though are very accepting from what I have experienced. I have never witnessed racism in my 3 years at UD by anyone although like I said it is not very diverse in actuality so I couldn't give a definite answer.

On economic background there is definitely a split to some extent. In general the honors program is filled with a lot of middle class and lower while non-honors is generally wealthy (which would make sense with scholarships and such). I haven't noticed it that much though socially.

It is very diverse with political beliefs however the school is pretty apathetic when political problems are actually happening. For example no one really did anything when the 99% rallies were happening. You really have to seek out political things.

Religious groups are very available if you seek them out while also not being shoved in your face. Except of course for Kirkbride Jesus who preaches on the street outside of Kirkbride basically every day. It's actually kinda entertaining whether you are religious or not.

The school is very diverse when if comes to sexuality. There's a group on campus for LGBT students and friends that is from what I've seen the most active organization on campus. It is very welcoming and most people are pretty welcoming.

4 College Freshman

Technology: I haven't really had any classes that would require many computer labs, but the one time that I worked in one it was very helpful and the technology was easy to use.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't too big at UD. Depending on who you hang out with, the most people do is smoke. Alcohol and parties are bigger at UD, however, whether you do or not is up to you. College is what you make it and you don't have to go to parties or anything to have fun.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Most of the parking is metered parking, or, in other words, you need to have a lot of quarters on hand in order to pay to park.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Pretty good. Shuttles to everywhere but longest walk is 30 minutes. To go to the mall you just have to take the DART bus which isnt too hard to figure out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's not awful, not amazing. It's usually a hit or miss. Most dining halls serve UDairy for desert. Kent is the best because you can go there at any time of day. Trabant and Perkins are awesome when you have points.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's harder to get into parties if you are a guy, but if you are a girl you will never have to worry about getting in or paying. Most places aren't that far of a walk and there's usually a lot going on. Believe me this is a big party school, and on the weekends you can feel ostracized if you don't go out because there is not much else to do. Parties are fun though. Over 21 main street is good. Really come down hard on fake ids there.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of financial aid. They offer a lot more help to in state students because it is a state school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is definitely the presence of alcohol on campus and at social events off-campus, but students do not have to take part in it to have a good social life. When it comes to weed, that is less abundant and most people do that off campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is great! The only complaint I could make would be the abundance of rain, though I enjoy it. In the fall, the weather is rather warm and most students are seen in shorts, dresses, or tank tops. (for girls obviously)

2 College Freshman

Parking: For freshman, parking is really not an option. I understand that upperclassmen have more choices on where they can park, though spots are filled up rather quickly. There are meters that cost 25 cents for every 10 minutes you park there.

1 College Junior

Campus Food: I got sick from the dining hall 3 times last year alone. They undercook meat a lot. The offerings are nothing to write home about. They have a lot of ethnic food that nobody likes. Also, the people working there are pretty snippy. That having been said, the Scrounge in Perkins isn't bad. They also put a Starbucks in Smith recently.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: The Newark Police seem to like to harass students at Delaware by giving out a lot jaywalking tickets and busting parties. Meanwhile, Newark is not a very safe place, so maybe they should focus on actual crime. The UD Police are very professional and competent.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: You will likely not enjoy the social scene at Delaware if you don't drink. Some people smoke pot or use harder drugs, but there is no pressure to partake and people respect your decision not to.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Little room for sitting and waiting for next class when in the same building

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live at home and have no experience with off campus housing

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather isn't that bad if you look at the forecasts for the week and plan accordingly. However, since the campus is big, if you get caught in the rain or snow, you better have an umbrella in your backpack.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You have your choice to any kind of housing. Five choices for Freshman all over campus and most have air conditioning. If you want a more quiet environment, there is housing on south campus with a substance free dorm, international dorm or an all women's Overall, housing is great.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a range of boys on campus at Delaware but it is clear that Delaware does not produce boyfriend material. The girls will all look the same, leggings, uggs, tall boots, scarfs. Same things, different girl.

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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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