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Reviews 2483 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football Is BIG – Our football team is a big deal (and rather good as well) I personally haven't been to a game yet, but before games there is often a long line at the box office, which, unfortunately, often blocks access to my locker.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Generally Good – Overall academics are very good at UD. (so far) All of my professors have been helpful and know what they are doing. Workload can very greatly between classes. Some classes have almost no work outside of class, and others have tons of work, but I have learned a lot in all of them.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great Campus Atmosphere – Lived on campus in two separate dorms. Dorm life is good...Campus is close to Main Street in Newark easily accessible by walking.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Blue Hens Rock in Football – Blue Hens went to the championship in Texas this year.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Useful, but Not Necessary – There are busses to help students get to North Campus, where there are some residence halls, and South Campus, where there are some classes in the Ag school. The busses run on a regular schedule with conveniently located stops, but they are not necessary to get around. They just make life easier. The UD buses are of no charge. There also are some Dart bus stations to travel around the local area. The buses are reasonably priced. Also, there is a train station between main campus and south campus. SEPTA and Amtrak make stops at the Newark station, and in the near future, more trains will stop at the Newark Station. While SEPTA is very inexpensive, Amtrak is very pricey, but very convenient for students who live farther away.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Elevate the Plate? The newest thing is called "Elevate the Plate," which does provide good quality food, but invloves many options that are prepared in front of you, which means that the lines are outrageous. There is enough variety so that no one complains, but there definitely are usual options that are frequently viewed favorably. Desserts are good, especially Russell Dining hall, which is the only dining hall with hard ice cream. There are plenty of places around campus to use points and flex dollars, many of which provide good quality food. Good places are Zoca (Mexican) in the Perkins student center as well as Burger Studio and Quiznos in Trabant. There are also convenience stores with good food. These are very overpriced, so I would not recommend using anything except points/flex in them.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Variety of Activities – There are several off campus parties on the weekends that charge the standard $3 for unlimited keg access. Some parties have other stuff as well. They are all within walking distance of the dorms, though busses do run until 2am. This year, Newark Police have been cracking down harder on parties, though if they break up a party, they will not ID everyone to see who is underage. Bars in the area do card people, so they are populated by 21+ students or local people. Partying in dorms is not a good idea, particularly for freshmen residence halls, as the RA's generally take the alcohol policy seriously. An exception would be North Campus, particularly the Towers. In the state of Delaware, it is illegal to even enter a liquor store if you are under 21, so it helps to know someone who is 21+ or someone who has a fake and can drive to Maryland. If you do not drink, you are in the minority, however there are people you can hang out with, especially if you live in the Russell Complex.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Nothing to Complain About – The freshman residence halls are varied in quality. The Russell Complex, where the honors freshmen are placed as well as ROTC freshmen, was recently renovated and is very nice and clean. The Resident Assistants and Russell Fellows, upperclass students hired by the Honors Program, plan fun programs for the complex and promote floor communities. Other residence halls such as Harrington and Dickinson are known for not being the highest quality facilities. Part of what is responsible for this is the wild antics of the residents in these dorms. Upperclass housing on the Green is nice, though some complain that it is too quiet, particularly on South Green. North Campus has suite style housing and is very nice, as many of the buildings were newly constructed. The Towers in my opinion are overrated, as they are old and somewhat run down. However, many people enjoy living in the apartments while still remaining on campus. North Campus is somewhat separated from Main Campus, but the walk is not unreasonably long.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Good Places to Go – The gyms on campus are very nice, though I wish that one of them (Harrington) had better hours. The two student centers are in good locations and provide good food places that can be alternatives to the dining halls. The library is a very helpful resource, however it is not my favorite place to go study (though I know many people who love it). The freshman residence halls have many programs, particularly the honors dorm. There also are several performing groups on campus , so there are several performances that are fun to attend throughout the semesters. The campus in general is very aesthetically pleasing, and it is always nice to walk through campus to go to classes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Range of Options – There are plenty of places to live off-campus, including apartments and houses. I'm moving off-campus next year, and the pricing isn't bad at all, but it's a little farther than most. Since I don't mind walking, it's not a problem, but a lot of places are really expensive if you want to be close. However, if cost isn't an issue, there are a variety of apartments above the restaurants on Main Street, and then houses all down Cleveland. (really, all over the place in like a 1 mile radius of campus)

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Town Surrounding – Newark is an interesting place to go to school. There are some places you can go on Main Street, typically to eat. However, to go shopping, it can be hard without a car. If you do have access to one, then there's a lot more to do- the mall is great, and only a ten minute or so drive.
The downside...public transportation isn't so hot, especially when you want to go to another major city, like Philadelphia, NY, or DC. There's a septa station, but only runs peak hours (aka not on the weekend). Amtrak comes, but it's expensive, and, from what I've heard, can be really unreliable. If you're determined, you'll find a way to get somewhere, it's just not easy

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Advisors Are Really Helpful – After my first semester, I switched majors. I only went from Biology into something a bit more specific, but it was still a difficult choice (you know, the rest of my life almost). But, my advisor, as well as some professors I talked to, were really helpful in making the decision. In the end, it was up to me of course, but by speaking to them I was able to make an informed decision.
My major is Quant. Biology, and it's hard, but the professors I've had have been great in class, too. Office hours are wonderful, and most of my profs are extremely patient when I go to them with things I don't understand. It's nice to be able to talk one-on-one, because sometimes I don't learn everything I need to in a lecture hall.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Looks Big, Feels Little – A great thing here is the ability to become involved. As a pretty big school, there are a lot of options of different groups to be involved in, as well as just other things to do (like club sports). So, if you're interested in something, chances are you can find someone else with the same idea. So, even though it's big, you can find a smaller niche to tailor the college experience to your liking.
Personally, I love being a part of the honors program. The unique class options available are great for me, and I'm able to meet a lot more people on a more personal basis because of smaller class sizes. It's like having a smaller school within the larger university.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Sticking Out? Overall, UD isn't particularly diverse. However, if you're willing to look, there is a place for everyone. A number of groups exist to cater to different minorities.These include Hillel, Hola, or Haven, which are religious, ethnic, and sexual orientation respectively. Additionally, many of these groups are very accepting to people who may not actually be part of that minority.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Main Street Options – Main Street is located basically right off campus. It provides a huge number of option for eating out, and is typically reasonably priced. Some places are a bit more expensive, but still affordable for a nice night or celebration.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There, but Not Over the Top – I know people that use add medicine, however I do not believe that it is used more here than other campuses. Same thing with alcohol, I do not think that the alcohol use is over the top, but it is there.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Accessible and Consistent – There are a enough computers in the library that I have always seen many available. I have not used the other computer labs, but there are many hidden ones in numerous buildings. The network is usually reliable, however I do not have wireless access in my room, where other rooms on my floor have good access. My dorm is only for freshman though and is not going to be used in the next coming years.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Exist? I know some people that have gotten scholarships, but it seems like they don't exist.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Best of Everything – Delaware experiences every season.. its hot, its cool, its cold, it freezing. You get to see every season at UD.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not Huge – Greek life is present but isn't a huge deal on campus. It is not something all people do, nor will it hurt your college experience if you do not join.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits Are Ridiculous – The cost to have a car on campus is ridiculous! And don't get caught without a permit because the police are always on the lookout to give tickets.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Variety With Some Monotony – There are different groups of people all around campus. You have athletes, science majors, art majors, performers, leaders, bilinguals, hipsters, preppy people and plenty of others that are in between. The one problem is that most of the girls only choose to look nice when it's time to go to a party. In the winter time for class all they wear is uggs, leggings and a north face; they have no sense of their own identity. The guys look okay; some of them try while others just roll out of bed.

3 College Junior

Parking: Too Expensive – They ticket everyone all the time. do not leave car without a pass anywhere for any period of time, they will get you and they do not forgive. It is nearly impossible to get parking near your dorm room. I pay $250 a semester for parking that is a 10 minute walk

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Too Expensive – you pay over $120 a week for food with their meal plan options for students who live on campus. Managers are jerks half the time and refuse to talk to you.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't received any financial aid and can only apply for loans. It's hard when you call the office because you always speak to someone different and they can give you different responses about things.


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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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