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Reviews 2839 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Majors: Many different majors here. Tough classes but if one works hard you will be fine.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most buildings and rooms are newish and nice. Social life is great.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options and so many different kinds of options, all super close to campus. However, they're a little expensive.

4 College Junior

Technology: wi-fi is great and there's so many computer and printing stations around campus!

4 College Junior

Local Area: There's sooo much to do every single day! Students here are so beyond friendly and involved!

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Newark is an average sized town- not too big and not too small. A popular place where college students prefer to hang out is Main Street which offers a variety of restaurants and small stores that fulfill any need. There are crimes that occur in the town, mostly robberies. One just has to make sure to not go out alone late at night.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are different races and religions, but it's a small proportion of the University. There are several ethnic clubs, but most of the population is white. However, most of these clubs are trying really hard to promote cultural diversity on campus and to raise awareness of the richness of other cultures, and the University has also taken initiative to raise cultural awareness. There is a lot of diversity as far as sexual orientation, and from what I have seen most people are very accepting and interested in learning and raising community awareness.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of restaurants on Main Street that are affordable and a quick walk from anywhere on campus. It's fun to go out to dinner sometimes with friends and there's a good social scene (live music, etc.) as well. One thing that is sometimes inconvenient is that a lot of things close pretty early.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The academic programs (from my own personal experiences in the College of Agriculture) really prepare you for graduate school or for the work force. Students come back and tell us that the education we are getting is preparing us really well. There are lots of extracurricular activities available for every interest and there are opportunities within the college and university to work on campus and get even more experience. There is really something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Many people seem to be confused when they talk about this; there is much more than just metered parking on campus.
Parking passes can range from about $140 - $690 for full time for students (night/weekend parking starts at $70). You really don't need a car if you live on campus, and prices for students who live on campus are certainly higher, but there is, again, no real need for a car if you're not commuting.
That being said, there are almost always spots - I have only had trouble finding a spot twice, and that was during a career fair at the Bob Carpenter Centre, which shares a parking lot with the regular "red" (undergrad commuter) lot.
Shuttles take you from red lots right to campus, and it's sometimes a pain waiting for them, but those with a red pass can park closer to campus after 5pm and on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The police can be really helpful as long as you are cooperative. If you're blatantly guilty of something you are way better off listening to them and they'll go easier on you. There is some crime mainly people having their phones stolen from them late at night.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There are a lot of good places to go and eat that are relatively inexpensive. As far as nightlife most people go to house parties, but there are bars that 21+ students go to.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I have little experience parking at the University of Delaware, but parking is relatively simple. However it is expensive at about $500 per semester for a car, and a semester long pass can leave you far from your classes.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: UD has so many dining halls, you could either go to one closest to you or walk across campus to go to a different one to try something new. Not all the dining halls are the same. Sometimes they have different eating events for different days and not every one serves the same thing on the same day. There are also two student centers with various restaurants you could choose from as well as snacks if you're on the go. It's a great place to eat.

5 College Senior

Technology: There are many computers available for use around campus. The network connectivity is ridiculous and fast. It almost never slows down unless you're in a class of one hundred students and everyone tries to connect at once but that's nothing unusual. There are a few places to print on campus, a few of them are free but you have to search for them or know a few people. But you'll never have a problem connecting as soon as you're campus, and even a few of the buses too.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I've received a decent sized financial aid, but the forms and obstacles the UD staff give you can be quite disconcerting.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Personally I haven't gone to a UD football game yet, but from what I've seen and heard our football crowd gets very hectic.

3 College Senior

Parking: There are multiple parking lots, but the ones closest to classes are generally filled up the fastest. If you have to park in the farthest parking lot, you're going to have to take the a bus that comes every 15 minutes or so to get to your classes.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's relatively safe on campus since a lot of kids go out to party at night, but there is the occasional theft that happens every once in a while.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Newark is pretty safe on campus, however once you start to leave the campus it gets a little sketchy at times. Several crime alerts are sent out through emails about robberies and assaults on people in the nearby areas, sometimes really close to campus. But in general I feel extremely safe for the most part. There are safety button stations scattered everywhere and buses that don't charge for on campus traveling. If your a girl and its very late at night, maybe choose to not walk alone just to be safe.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school is pretty notorious for being a large drinking school. Even minors find plenty of ways to get alcohol. It's all really down to what you decide you want to do. If you wish to partake, nobody is judging you but you need to understand that if you aren't careful, you could get in serious trouble. If you don't drink or do drugs, that's just fine too. Nobody discriminates if you don't, just find those who feel similarly as you do and you'll be happy. Frat parties and day drinks are huge and people get pretty intoxicated. Marijuana is present but no so much as alcohol is. Delaware has no tolerance pretty much if they catch you with alcohol. The first time is a 100 dollar fine and a class, the second offense is 150 dollars and probation and 2 classes/student wellness appointment. Don't get caught with bottles in your room, especially if you know you have a strict RA. Often times people get written up from RA's on other floors who do patrol, not necessarily their own RA's. If you drink responsibly its way more enjoyable then blacking out every weekend and not remembering if you even had fun or not.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is pretty bad. Most of the lots are a decent walk from the dorms, and parking permits are expensive. Parallel parking on Main Street is a nightmare.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Art Major - VC is my major. You start out as a general art major, then have to apply to get into the program you want. One piece of advice, DON'T let your grades drop, or else you can be kicked out before the program even starts and be in a sticky situation on where to go next. Teachers are very helpful, if you need more help they are very good in accommodating you. Don't ever be afraid to email, it shows more interest to professors anyway. If you know that your teacher is big on attendance, make an effort to be good at that. If they are big on participation, then participate more. Do whatever you can to show that you care. Your peers are your future competitors in the real world, so do whatever you can to put yourself ahead and really stand out. When projects are assigned, you have to think about it first before you just go out and do it. Ue your resources around you, be as creative as possible, go the extra mile if you want praise for your work and good feedback in critiques. Doing work the night before or last minute is always SO obvious, and sometimes just embarrassing. It's your work that you are presenting, so why make yourself look bad with sub-par work? Represent yourself well, put the time and effort, and your teachers will be able to read this if you really try. The art studios can be a fun environment if you let it be. Don't be worried if you have to pull all-nighters, because you most likely will.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a big community of Greek Life on campus, but like I'm sure many have said before, if you aren't part of it, it's not a big deal in the slightest. I go to many frat parties but am not in any sororities myself and it makes no difference to me. I'm sincerely just not interested in it and nobody looks down upon you for that. However, were I a male attending this school I may consider joining a frat only because if you aren't, you have to pay to go to most parties and sometimes they just don't let you in if your a guy. Girls can really get in anywhere as long as they are a decent sized group and decently attractive. Non-greeks and greeks get along fine from what I know. Nobody judges if your not in one, and if they do then they clearly aren't someone you want to associate with anyway if they base your character on that. There are many other things besides greek life that you can join and be a part of and be happy.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: From my experience, the academics offered at this school are rigorous enough to keep you working, but not to make you suffer. My professors all showed a genuine interest to be there for you when they could and make the time to help you out. If you just go to class, and not skip this will honestly help you LOADS. Attendance is key in many classes simply to keep your grade at a good level. If you're already doing bad in a class don't even think about skipping. Odds are many other people are taking or have taken a class you are in, so if you truly are struggling, reach out to someone for help. If you're a Freshman, registering can be a little tricky. Make sure you plan out the classes you need to take/ want for electives BEFORE your assigned date to sign up or else you'll be screwed over. If you don't plan before, many classes can already be taken due to older students having superiority over you. If you didn't have any back up classes on hand you'll be stuck scrambling to find classes last minute that you aren't even interested in. Just be prepared. For every major I assume workloads are varying, but as an Art Major - a to be VC major, workloads are pretty heavy. You have at least 3 foundation classes that each assign work as if you only have time for their class. They do take into consideration the other classes you have, but still are rather strict with deadlines, so if you know going to that party is going to set you back, just don't go. It may be a difficult decision in the moment, but down the line it will really help you out to be responsible. IF you truly need to get studying done, go to your dorm lounge, or the library or a coffee shop like central perk.


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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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