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3 College Junior

Local Area: Suburb Near a City – While Newark is primarily a suburban county, Wilmington, Delaware is very close by, offering a greater amount of culture to experience.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The University has a moderate level of diversity, however, there could be a wider array of ethnicities represented by the student body.

3 College Senior

Academics: It Gets Better as You Go on – I'm a recent transfer to the University of Delaware, and I chose to attend for three reasons: closeness to home; reasonable in state tuition; and a strong physical geography major program. I'm currently taking courses at all levels between 100 and 400. 100-level lecture courses - usually taken by freshmen - tend to be taught in large classes, with up to 200 students in a section. Labs associated with such courses are typically taught by graduate student teaching assistants, who are often not subject-matter experts. Professor involvement differs between courses.
Higher level, mostly major-specific courses are usually taught in much sections, with class sizes ranging between 15 and 40 students. The professors and teaching assistants for these courses are regularly available for additional assistance, and - as a rule - are subject-matter experts.
The large lecture classes available to students during freshman year may be intimidating to students coming in from smaller high school class sizes; however, the helpful intimate environment available in higher-level courses is well worth the challenging initial environment.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: No Great, but Getting Better – The overall student population is white. However, there are definitely people who add to the diversity of the school. This school has a fairly large gay population which is well-recepted on campus. Also there are a good amount of asian students on campus. From an economic standpoint students range from upper-class to lower class. Diversity here is not great, but is growing every year.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Can't Really Complain – UD isn't too bad, I can't complain about too much. I've lived close to the campus for 4 years prior to going to UD so it's not too new to me. It's kind of boring because of that reason, but it's still a good school.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather's not bad, it's pretty average actually.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Main street is definitely your best bet when it comes to food, it's pretty much the only place you can go aside from Buffalo Wild Wings on Elkton Road, which is a short distance from the single dorms. Most food places on Main street are pretty good though, I'd definitely check out D.P. Dough though.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Never a dull weekend – Every weekend here has a party going on. For the 7 weeks i have been here, i have yet to not be at a party on a friday and saturday. Guys usually have to drop $3 or $5 for two people but it's all worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is pretty expensive but definetely worth it to have your car. I feel it's worth it to have your car on campus so you can go to the mall, the movies adn just get out the bubble of the campus you are in. They are very stirct wtih ticketing if you do not have your permit.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: North Campus Is Great – Living on campus is a wonderful experience. There are so many people to meet. I live on North Campus and am currently a Sophmore and although it is a little farther from eveyrthing it is worth it. I love my floor and my roomates. Eveyrone is so friendly here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Campus Is Not Very Strict – Getting away with drinking/partying is not difficult here. Campus police are visible on campus, but they do not bother students unless that student is acting like a drunken idiot. Also, the school's amnesty policy helps keep underage students who are caught drinking out of facing legal troubles

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not Much to Worry About – Newark has some problems with crime, but students should not feel unsafe on campus. Most crimes are thefts so students should watch out and keep a close eye on their things. Small thefts and robberies happen here occasionally, but I have never meet anyone who was a victim of a more serious crime.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain, Rain, Go Away! It rains at LEAST 3 times a week in Delaware. BRING AN UMBRELLA! You will need it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Some people LOVE the dining halls here.... I am not one of them. Coming from New England, I am accustomed to healthy eating. UD offers some pretty bad on-campus dining hall options, filled with tasteless soups and lukewarm, bland southern-style cooking (bathed in grease.. usually topped with HAM). Some exceptions - namely the Trabant Student Center and the Scrounge in Perkins - are actually decent, but expensive.
Main Street has a wide variety of restaurants, from fast food joints like Cosi and D.P. Dough to sit down dining at places like Klondike Kate's and Cucina di Napoli.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Main Street = the ONLY Street! The UD campus is beautiful, but once you step off the green there's only one street to visit. Appropriately titled "Main St," this strip contains every bar, restaurant, and shop within walking distance of the campus... Everything else is residential! Main Street has about 4-5 bars for the older students, such as Iron Hill, Kate's, Grottos, and Deer Park. Younger students make due at the plethora of house parties in the suburbs until they turn 21.

3 College Senior

Technology: Computer Labs – There are multiple computer labs all over campus at UD. The smart student knows to never attempt to get a seat in the over crowded labs in the library. Instead, head for the lesser known labs in the basement of Purnell and Smith or on the first floor of Pearson.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity comes mostly from the significant presence of Jewish students on campus and the extreme prevalence international students from China. There are definitely a variety of people here though. You don't have to look hard to find someone just like you no matter who you are.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Buses and Trains Are Very Accessible – Udel has a great campus busing system. Although most students will opt to walk or ride there bikes to class, the school does have buses that run on consistent schedules. Also, these schedules can be easily tracked using mobile apps/twitter. The campus bus can also take students to the DART bus station if they wish to go places off campus such as the Christiana Mall. A train station is located right inside Newark is affordable and efficient. Students who live in nearby states such as New Jersey or New York can use this train to get home

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties are definietly a big part of the Udel nightlife. There is never a weekend where parties aren't going on. These parties are usually always thrown by a frat, sport or club. Rarely, do people ever get rejected from parties, sometimes guys will have to pay to get in, but its usually just a couple of dollars ($3). The bar scene is great for students who are 21 and students who have cars have the option of driving to nearby cities (Philly, Baltimore, D.C, New York) to go to bigger night clubs. For students who don't like to party there are usually coffee houses and other non-drinking events on the weekends as well as the weekdays. Transportation is accessible here, however since parties are in close proximity to dorms most students just walk. House parties are bigger here than bars/clubs, but the school does offer both. Students who wish to drink during the week will generally not find it hard to find a place to go. Nightlife is a huge part to this campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The school makes sure to provide classes that help you gain knowledge in your major. In addition, breadth requirements enable students to take courses outside of there majors in order to become more well-rounded students and people in general. The professors at this school are very knowledgable, well-educated and generally willing to help any student.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Good Overall – Upperclassmen dorms such as the Towers are great. They are clean, spacious and everything a college student could ask for. Freshman dorms are not necessarily as nice. The best freshman dorms in terms of accommodations are in George Reed; George Reed houses a lot of housing for athletes and has nice suite style rooms. Rodney and Dickenson are usually said to be the worst dorms. However, both these dorms are very social and are good for breaking Freshman out of their shells. In addition, Rodney has air conditioning which is a huge plus, people who don't live in Rodney say it sucks, but those who do generally love it. Overall, the university provides many options for housing that are convenient, social and clean

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: The school always has computers open for students, but internet access can be unpredictable. Also, it can be hard to print papers out. Overall, the computers are good, but not great

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Great College Town – The town of Newark is the perfect college town. A lot of schools are completely barren with no shops or restaurants, but Udel doesn't have that problem. There are a lot of great restaurants and bars around campus that give the town a lively feel. Sometimes festivals and food fairs are held around campus also. Whether you want to get something to eat, walk around or just get some fresh air Newark has something to interest you.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Basically It – The drug scene on campus is pretty typical. The most popular forms of drugs are alcohol and pot, but thats basically all that is used

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The dining halls on campus are very good. I was very surprised when I came here to find out that the food was not crappy dining hall food. Russell is great for desserts and they serve the UDcreamery ice cream. Rodney is also very convenient and always has a variety of options. Point and flex can be used at Trabant and the Scrounge at places like Chick fil A and Burger Studio. Also point/flex can be used at football games and concerts which is 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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