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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: beautiful campus and a huge school with thousands of students with a vast diversity of interests

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: the gym is nice and very new, but gets crowded often. otherwise no complaints our school is beautiful

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus if very well kept

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love the facilities at my school, they are great and very beautiful.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The research facilities here are fantastic, with strong programs and faculty as well. It's a nice little college town with a lot of restaurants and shopping and housing, with the strength of a solid research institution.

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A main priority here at UD is to keep the campus as aesthetically pleasing and well-equipped as possible. The University (quite amusingly) fights a losing battle to keep the grass growing in areas that are major student hang-outs. Besides these few areas, the landscaping and architecture is stunning, and many students have said they chose Delaware simply because "it was so pretty." While this may not be a good reason to choose a college, it definitely reflects the quality of the facilities and overall appearance on campus.

Besides aesthetics, UD facilities are quite functional as well. The gym is fully equipped and always remarkably clean for a gym. The campus provides computer labs, study areas, and food courts fully stocked and impeccably clean for student enjoyment. Most students find themselves overwhelmingly pleased with their surroundings and the equipment provided for their use.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,311 acres
Student Centers
  • Perkins Student Center
  • Trabant University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Agriculture Library
  • Chemistry Library
  • Marine Studies Library
  • Morris Library
  • Physics Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Beach
  • Dorm rooms
  • The mall (North and South Central Campus)
  • The Scrounge
  • Trabant University Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Euro Bistro
  • Starbucks
  • The Scrounge
Movie Theater on Campus
In the Trabant University Center
School Slang
  • The Beach: Sandy or grassy area (depending on the University's current diligence in making the grass grow) located on East Campus
  • The Bob: The Bob Carpenter Convocation Center
  • Harry Mart: Mini-mart in Harrington Commons
  • The Hot Dog Lady: Only street vendor on Main Street who often joins local student gatherings and sometimes drinks with the students
  • Kegs & Eggs: Waking up by 9 a.m. and drinking with breakfast; common on Homecoming
  • Little Bob: Refers to the Bob Carpenter Center that contains the student fitness center. This is opposed to the Bob Carpenter Convocation Center, which is much bigger.
  • The Mall: The grassy area running between the buildings on North and South Central Campus. It has recently been renamed "The Green," but don't let anyone hear you calling it this. Most vehemently refuse to abandon the familiar name.
  • Mug Night: Thursday night binge drinking at the Stone Balloon
  • Rodjects: The Rodney dorms are often referred to by this name to illustrate the small cramped quarters, and the often unclean surroundings that are often associated with housing projects.
  • Fashion Show: Every year, the apparel design students put on a fashion show to demonstrate what they've learned over the years.
  • Fightin' Blue Hens: The school's mascot is taken from a military battalion's pastime of watching Blue Hens fight each other in 1775. As the hens demonstrated great ferocity and success in battle, this battalion earned the nickname, "Blue Hen's Chickens." The bird was adopted as the state bird in 1939, and it lent its status to the UD sports teams.
  • Greek Week: This is a festival involving all of the fraternities and sororities on campus. They participate in powder-puff football games and talent contests, produce a one-day game area on the Beach, and demonstrate their Greek pride in other ways over the week.
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a big deal at the UD and is generally celebrated with an all-day drinking binge starting with "kegs and eggs."
  • Kissing Arches: These arches divided the men's and women's campuses before dorms were coed. When the girls had to go home for curfew, couples would linger under the arches kissing good night.
Urban Legends
UD is one of Playboy's top 10 party schools. Think again!
Favorite Things To Do
Some of popular activities on campus include: the annual fashion show, concerts in Mitchell Hall and the Bob Carpenter Center, dance performances, fitness classes from aerobics to yoga to Tai Chi, local bands in the Scrounge, plays in the Bacchus Theatre, swimming in the indoor and outdoor pool, or comedians in the Scrounge or Bob Carpenter Center. On an average day, students enjoy having a meal in one of the many dining locations across campus, going for ice cream or snacks, playing pool, or playing volleyball on the sand courts.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Review
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 76 responses

  • 21% Homecoming
  • 17% UDance
  • 16% St Patty's Day
  • 12% Fightin' Blue Hens
  • 12% Spring Concert
  • 8% Greek Week
  • 7% Kissing Arches
  • 2% Senior Concert
  • 2% Step Show
  • 1% Vagina Monologues
  • 1% Fashion Show
  • 0% Greek Life President's Ball
  • 0% Syllabus Week
  • 0% Halloween
  • 0% Perkins Live
  • 0% I'm Shmacked

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 153 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 26% Main Street
  • 20% Sit on the green in between classes.
  • 16% Go to the gym
  • 12% Chill at Perkins
  • 8% Sports on the turf
  • 6% Running trail
  • 4% Volleyball at Harrington beach
  • 4% Go to library
  • 1% Music performances
  • 1% Rock Climb
  • 0% Badminton on the Green
  • 0% Ballroom Dance
  • 0% Yoga

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 83 responses

  • 52% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 43% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 4% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 154 responses

  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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