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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Overall, the University of Delaware campus is pretty much a suburban campus. Although there is plenty to do, it usually involves the university itself. Outside of the university, there are several attractions such as good dining on main street and the cristiana mall which is a 15 minute bus ride away and is a very good place to spend the day if your into shopping. Another great thing about UD is if you have a car, Philly is only about 25 minutes away. Not a huge sports school but we have several very competetive teams, plenty to do on weekends, and overall a safe and fun school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is prevalent when you/your friends are rushing or pledging. It is not for everyone, and you will discover this quickly if you are a girl and decide to rush. If you are a girl and decide to rush, make sure you feel prepared to feel judged on your looks, that's basically all it is. Overall, it seems like a fun experience and it doesn't really matter if you participate or not, but you can lose friends to Greek Life, some people just get way too into it.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Kids a UD love to party. There is always a way to party. You don't have to be a genius to find out where the parties are. It's honestly just like partying at any other campus--a lot of fun, but be careful in freshman dorms!!!

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly the kids who do to UD are rich, white, and from the East coast. This isn't a bad thing, this is just the way it is. There are a high percent of Asians though, but they tend to stick together.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Great weather most of the year. We do get some snow but not a lot. Rains more than snows.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a mostly white student population with lots of Asians as well. Don't seem to be any problems relating to race, religion or sexual orientation.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Area Around College Is Awesome – College has lots of things to do. Main Street has tons of shops and restaurants. Campus is beautiful and centrally located to lots of great cities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not Overwhelming – I think we have the perfect ratio of greeks to non greeks.. about 20% of students are involved in Greek life, so it is there if you want it, but you do not have to be in it to have a social life!

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Great Option – Most students live on campus for the first two years, and then it is about 50 50 off and on campus for the last two years. Best part?! Off campus housing is usually closer to campus than on campus... so it never feels "off"!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: New, Gorgeous, Makes You Want to Go to Class Kind of Pretty – Most buildings are recently updated, and they are currently working on so many different projects to update lots of different facilities.

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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.

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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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