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Academics

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: For a state school, fantastic academics. The business program is very underrated to a lot of people outside of Delaware.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: They are a challenge and it is easy to get behind.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Academy study is pretty good especially in chemistry & biology area.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Excellent academics. Diversity of offerings. Highly ranked

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: We could have better professors, but they are not the worst.

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The freshman classes for UD are getting smarter as the qualifications for acceptance are steadily becoming harder to meet. The result is UD's increasing reputation for providing a strong education for its students. It is currently ranked on the second tier of large universities for its academic program. Besides the extensive requirements, like forcing students to learn a foreign language, students also have the benefit of some excellent professors. The professors here are all experienced in their field and often become quite close with their students.

Most students agree that their classes and professors fulfill their academic needs, especially in the more advanced courses. There is a tendency for introductory classes to be taught in large lecture halls, or to be taken over by TAs when there is a staffing shortage, and this is the major downfall of classes at UD. Staffing shortages have become alarming, causing some people to question the University's budget priorities. Upper-level classes are much smaller and provide the comfortable atmosphere that allows students and professors to really get to know each other. Friendships often form that extend outside of the classroom. They don't happen automatically, though. Try raising your hand in class every once in a while because even if you aren't certain you know the answer, you'll have a better chance of getting to know your professor.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,131
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
41
Total FT Faculty
1,131
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$103,703
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
63%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
144
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 36%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics
  • College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • General Studies: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Discovery Learning Experience (DLE)
  • English (including composition)
  • First-Year Experience Seminar
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Multicultural courses
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Coffee shops/diners
  • Dorm lounges/common rooms
  • Library
  • The Scrounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Be aware of your alcohol tolerance before you get here.
  • Buy shoes you can walk in.
  • Buy your books and read them.
  • Don't get behind on the syllabus.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Go to class!
  • Ignore the pre-formed class pathways and take whatever you want the first year.
  • Wear a coat in winter, even if it clashes with your partying outfit!
Did You Know?
  • The University houses one of the largest collections of items by, or devoted to, author and playwright Samuel Beckett.
  • UD is building a modern hotel where HRI majors can gain experience.
  • UD has its own student-run four-star restaurant.
  • There's a 434-acre experimental farm for animal science majors.
  • It is strongly recommended that you go on at least one of UD's extensive study abroad programs.
  • Memorial Hall houses a writing center to assist you in all your writing endeavors.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 181 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 103 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 104 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 79% This was one of my top choices.
  • 6% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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