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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Rittenhouse Station – Rittenhouse Station apartments are being built just a few minutes off UD campus. They look great; new facilities, new shops, fun atmosphere... They are just a little bit far from everything if you're just walking.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm a freshman at University of Delaware. I live in what's known as the "rodjects", aka Rodney Complex over on West campus, aka the crappy dorms. Though our buildings look like the oldest on campus and the rooms aren't the biggest, I've made some of the best friends here and the social atmosphere is great. I live in a single so I have all the privacy I need and can do whatever in my room, yet my friends and I always leave our doors open and go to other rooms, other floors, the lounge, and the basement, to hangout with everyone. The RA's are super nice and friendly, and I've never met one that Was not reasonable with alcohol consumption and noise levels. There's a great variety of personalities on my floor and in my building, and through events and classes and other friends, I've been able to meet kids from all over campus. The other dorms are really fun too. There are some more social than others, like Dickinson, but dorms like George Read have the advantage of large rooms and newer facilities, and dorms like Harrington and Russell are in a convenient place. I couldn't recommend one dorm over the other, because you can find something great with each one. As long as you're not too high maintenance, you'd love Rodney and Dickinson over on West campus. My only complaint is that dorming is quite expensive, especially for out of state-ers. I also know through close friends that living on campus in apartments is a blast. They are even more convenient than the dorms, and living with your best friends is the best.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls at UD have a wide variety of food, something for everyone. Recently, they have been stepping it up, bringing in special desserts, themed meals, fresher and more presentable food, as well as nicer staff serving it. The taste of the food can sometimes be a little bland, but everything is edible and most kids I know end up coming back up for seconds. If you paid for a dining meal plan, its best to take advantage of it and use all your meals. If you have a little extra cash and want to dine out, Main Street has so many different and delicious options, from several pizzarias to the Indian Sizzler to Panera Bread and Subway, to Irish pubs and Chipotle. We even have a Buffalo Wild Wings, a great place to get some wings on a sports night or just go and hangout with friends. The marts that sell quick food on campus take Points (which come with your meal plan) and Flex. They are very over priced, but I find myself eating several meals a week from them... they are very convenient. Generally, you won't find yourself too hungry at UD!

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing can be expensive, but Delaware has tax free shopping, so that is a plus

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are small, but there are better options for upperclassman. I live at home and I prefer that because of costs

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Pretty Good – The dining halls offer a pretty good variety, but when you get sick of food, there's plenty of restaurants close by, especially on main street. Also, we have our own UDairy Creamery, which has its own building and is in one of the dining halls.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University of Delaware has "blue lights" where you can call for help. They will send someone to assist you (even if you just need somebody to walk you home). If you are in trouble and need to run, follow the blue lights (from each one, you can see another one) and press the button and they will trace you. We also have text/phone call/email alerts that students and parents can sign up for. If there is an emergency on campus, everyone will be notified.

2 College Junior

Parking: Pay to Park – They now charge for visitor passes. Also, there are only certain lots to park in for certain times/days of the week which can be inconvenient. Many students get tickets if they have to park briefly somewhere if it is more convenient for them. Most parking lots, you need to take a bus to get to your desired destination.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food Frenzy – There are a variety of options for food on and off campus. There is meal plan which allow you points to use a miniature food establishments on campus. There a few food websites which offer deals for the students which helps on a college student's budget

4 College Junior

Technology: Easy Access – There is a computer and printer in every major student building in case you need to do last minute printing before class. There are various computer labs around campus. The campus, as well as the buses are WIFI enabled which is very helpful.

5 College Senior

Majors: Farm Internship – The internship program at U of D is excellent. It's a school requirement to take a discovery learning experiment. This typically includes an internship or a study abroad. Each major provides plenty of assistance in finding the right match for you. Last summer I did an internship on a pepper and pickle farm. I received this through outside connections, but my major accepted it pretty easily and worked well with me to accomplish my goals throughout the internship. I was required to perform at least 360 hours of work to complete the internship and was paid generously. Most internships through the school are paid, but according to the school that is something to be negotiated between you and your employer. My responsibilities on the farm were countless. It was such a fulfilling internship that by the end I could have effectively run the farm on my own.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Main Street! One big thing that I love about U of D is its agriculture program. The faculty and students are some of the friendliest I have ever met and its considered one of the top in the country. The social scene is incredible. Seven major bars fill up campus (five of which line our top tier Main Street). Newark's Main Street has been rated top ten in the country! The facilities are kept pretty up to date. Campus life is top notch. There are numerous things to do around campus and tons of ways to get involved and build quite the social network. The major unique opportunity I'd like to mention is our study abroad program. It's the first study abroad program started in this country and it will take you anywhere around the world.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Great Securty Measures – Our campus security is very good. U of D has its own police force on top of the normal Newark police. "Blue lights" litter the campus. They are used to call public safety in the event you are walking back late at night and feel unsafe. Campus crime is very low. Occasionally a mugging may occur, but the police forces react quickly to such events and make sure they do not happen again in the near future. Parties are abundant around campus, but if they grow too out of control the University is quick to stamp them out. With all of these measures I feel very safe on campus and I feel anyone would as well as long as you keep your head on and don't do anything stupid.

4 College Junior

Weather: In fall and spring....could be 30 degrees...could be 80 degrees. Sometimes it rains/drizzles for weeks at a time. Not much snow, but it gets cold eventually in the winter. On nice days, when it's decent weather and dry out, many students will lounge/frisbee/picnic/relax on the green.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Great, Requirements Not So Much. All the dorms I've lived in at UD have been overall great. Freshmen housing in Russell was updated, clean, bright, with uniquely shaped and decently spacious rooms. I've also lived in two different buildings on the Green, a little bit older buildings but very close to classes and Main Street. If you have the right floor dynamic you can really have a lot of good times living in that type of community housing. HOWEVER: Living on-campus comes with the requirement of buying a campus meal plan, which are expensive and restrictive. The food can be ok, but is often very bad, especially eating it day after day. Not just untasty, but downright unhealthy as well. Freedom from a meal plan is the main reason why I am moving off campus for my senior year.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Delaware is a great college, and I'm so happy I decided to come here. It has a beautiful campus in a college town, and there's always something to do. Everybody is so nice here, so it's very easy to make friends. Almost any major in any field of study is offered. The classes are challenging, but not extremely difficult. There's a great nightlife scene, however there's also many activities to do on the weekend that don't involve drinking and partying. The University of Delaware is one of those schools where you get a lot for what you pay for. The professors and other staff who work here truly care for the students and want them to have the best college experience they can.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Most people describe the weather in Newark, Delaware as bipolar. A student can walk to a class freezing in the pouring rain, but walk to their next class in lots of sunshine and a sudden temperature rise. It's easy to get used to, most students just always carry around an umbrella or hoodie just in case.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are multiple athletic centers on campus, all of which have staff that are well trained to help you achieve your workout goals. Also, one of the gyms even has a rock climbing wall in it. The two student centers on campus are absolutely fantastic. They both have multiple places to get food (Trabant has Chick-Fil-A and Perkins has Dunkin Donuts), designated areas to study, and there are also activities going on in both of them all the time. Both centers have a great atmosphere. There is one library on campus that is absolutely huge. The library has almost every resource a student could need. There's even a fully functioning media center in the basement where students can record music and/or vocals, use photoshop or illustrator, film video segments, and rent movies for free during a study break. Any given day of the week there is a couple campus activities going on. The University of Delaware has the best of both worlds in the sense that there are plenty of "old, classic college" looking buildings on campus, however as the University is expanding there are also "modern college" buildings popping up across campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the University of Delaware! I haven't gotten involved into any serious activities yet because I am just a freshman in my 1st term but I know what I am going to do. The only problem is there's so much around you, you can never get enough of it!

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Lots of Things! There's Carpenter building, the Bluehen's fieldhouse, tonnes of places for sports! The student centers are excellent, as for campus activities there's so much going on that it's hard to keep track. There are tonnes of clubs to join, but the experience of creating your own club is the best!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Biotechnology Major – The misconceptions regarding this major are staggering to be honest. Anyone is biotechnology is either considered a nerd(outsiders) or genius(peers). But the truth is, just like any other major, it requires hard work but is not overwhelming provided you are passionate enough to persevere. And you would be surprised how well rounded some of us can be!

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation by bus to classes are pretty convenient. They are usually always on time but you still have to make sure you leave yourself enough time to get to your class on time because sometimses they can run late or get stuck in traffic. The transportation to off campus places like the grocery stores are very poor, I don't know of any.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: It's hard to get around to the stores if you're in need of things without a car and the parking permits to have a car on campus are very expensive. The parking permits also only allow you to park in certain lots and in most cases the lots are far from where you live so they aren't convenient. The university also just started charging for guest parking passes which to me is just ridiculous.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Freshmen 15 – The dinning halls around the campus are filled with delicious food. However, there aren't many healthy options for students. It's tough to make the right choices when there are ice cream machines and pizza places within arms reach. No wonder why the "freshmen fifteen" is such a popular phase for college students. All in all the food is good and convenient for students but there's not much nutritional value to the foods that are served.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Library Is Lacking – The library, also known as "Club Morris" by the students of the University of Delaware is out of date. Although the library is huge and filled with tons of resources for students, its old and becomes quite crowded during finals week. It's almost impossible to find a spot to study! Libraries are supposed to be a spot where students can concentrate and get work done, however its impossible to do so when one cant find a seat! Regardless, there are plenty of books, articles, magazines and computers for students and the hours are very convenient.

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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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