Life @ UD

Institution at a Glance

The University of Delaware (UD) is the largest university in Delaware.  It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is a state assisted, privately governed institution.  The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown.  Institutional affiliations include:

  • Member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU)
  • Member of the Colonial Academic Alliance (CAA)
  • NCAA Division I competition since 1973 for men and 1982 for women
  • Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) for all sports
    • Football competes at the Championship Subdivision level
    • All other sports compete at the Division I level.

UD received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated as one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land GrantSea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.  Our beautiful Georgian-inspired Newark campus is conveniently located off Interstate 95.

Student Body

UD is medium-sized.  Fall 2014 unduplicated enrollment totals were 22,860, approximately 18,000 undergraduate students, 3,700 graduate students, and over 700 professional and continuing studies students.  Statistics include:

  • 17,458 (96%) of undergraduate and 2,922 (78%) of graduate students are enrolled on a full-time basis.
  • 42% of undergraduate students are male, 58% are female. 
  • 62% of undergraduate and 78% of graduate students are from out-of-state.
  • 14.3% of undergraduate and 10.5% of graduate students are underrepresented minority students.
  • Approximately 45% of undergraduate students and 95% of first-time first-year students live in residence halls.

Newark Campus

The Newark campus encompasses 968 acres and accounts for nearly half of the population of the small college town.  The beautiful setting is quiet but lively.  UD graduate students are deeply committed, engaged, and highly skilled in their educational endeavors and extra-curricular involvement.  Active organizations include:

  • Over 350 Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s)
  • Over 30 Graduate Student Organizations, including The Colburn Club
  • Special Interest Groups (religious, political, multicultural, environmental, service)

UD combines tradition and innovation, offering graduate students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology.  We are committed to creating an educational community that is intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse and enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from many different backgrounds. It is the goal of the university to provide a learning environment that educates students to become the next generation of innovative leaders, outstanding professionals and active and contributing citizens.

The UD Library is a depository for U.S. government publications.  Academic resource collections include 2,800,000+ books and bound periodicals and 70,000+ electronic journals:

  • Morris Library is located on South College Avenue
  • Barnes and Nobel Campus Bookstore is on the corner of Main Street and Academy Street

Graduate Student Housing

Graduate students can apply to live in University of Delaware graduate and family housing locations: 

  • Graduate House
  • Conover Apartments

Downtown Newark non-university housing opportunities (on and off campus) include:

  • Carroll Commons
  • Lerner Townhouses
  • Amstel Square
  • University Courtyards
  • Elkton Plaza Apartments
  • College Town Apartments
  • Madeline Crossing
  • Main Street Commons
  • Retreat at Newark
  • Main Street Plaza
  • Millstone Plaza
  • Emily Bell Place
  • Campus Edge Apartments
  • Continental Court Apartments
  • University Courtyard

Local Food

The UD campus has several dining halls, two student center food courts and multiple on-campus franchise establishments, including:

  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Starbucks
  • Einstein Bagel
  • Bleecker Street
  • Walter’s Cafe
  • The Figure Eight
  • Subway
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • P.O.D. Express locations

Numerous popular, reasonably priced and multi-culture eating establishments are a short walk away, including:

  • Grotto Pizza
  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Salad Works
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Home Grown Café
  • Saxbys Coffee
  • Little Teriyaki
  • Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant
  • Red Bowl
  • El Diablo Burritos
  • Caffe Gelato
  • Taverna
  • Mayflower Japanese Restaurant
  • Panera Bread
  • Indian Sizzler
  • Deer Park Tavern
  • Del Pez Sea Mex
  • Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub
Recreation Centers

The State of Delaware is privileged to have an extraordinary number of acres set aside as parkland with exciting year-round activities.  The City of Newark is surrounded by woods, valleys and parks and several are on or within minutes of campus.  Some of Delaware’s most famous and beautiful state parks include:

  • White Clay Creek State Park (New Castle County)
  • Lums Pond State Park (New Castle County)
  • Bellevue State Park (New Castle County)
  • Killens Pond State Park (Kent County)
  • Fort Delaware State Park (Kent County)
  • Fort DuPont State Park (Kent County)
  • Cape Henlopen State Park (Sussex County)
  • Delaware Seashore State Park (Sussex County)
  • Trap Pond State Park (Sussex County)
  • Fenwick Island State Park (Sussex County)

Recreation activities in state, county and city parks include:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Crabbing
  • Clamming
  • Boarding
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Sand volleyball
  • Disc golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Rock climbing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice skating
  • Equestrian
  • Nature Centers

The state, city and county parks surrounding the Newark campus adjoin Fair Hill, Maryland parks offering hiking and biking trails for all levels.  The expert skill level mountain bike trails in several of these parks are internationally renowned and ranked in either One of the Top 20 Trails Nationally for Mountain Biking**or One of the Top 20 Trails in a State for all Activities*:

  • Middle Run Natural Area*, Newark, Delaware
  • Iron Hill Park*, Newark, Delaware
  • White Clay Creek State Park*, Newark, Delaware
  • Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area*, Fair Hill, Maryland
  • Brandywine Creek State Park**, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Cape Henlopen State Park*, Lewes, Delaware
  • Granogue Estate, Greenville, Delaware


The University of Delaware is in the heart of exciting entertainment opportunities.  Residents are surrounded by:


  • 10+ major professional sports teams
  • NASCAR races at Dover International SpeedwayMusic
  • Clifford Brown Music Festival
  • Big Barrel Country Music Festival
  • Delaware Junction Festival
  • Firefly Music Festival


  • Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library
  • Brandywine River Museum
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Nemours Mansion
  • Hagley Museum and Library
  • Delaware Art Museum

Popular Local Events

  • Newark Community Days
  • Winterthur Point-to-Point
  • Dover Days Festival
  • Mount Cuba Center Wildflower Celebration
  • Delaware State Fair
  • Delaware Wine and Beer Festival
  • Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest
  • Delaware Park Horse Racing & Slots
  • Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival
  • Delmarva Birding Weekend
  • Lewes Garden Tour
  • Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival
  • Delaware Junction Festival
  • Brandywine Festival of the Arts

Popular Area Attractions

  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Hershey Park
  • Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Six Flags America, Baltimore
  • Dorney Park
  • World Café Live at the Queens
  • Delaware Theatre Company
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Country
  • Wilmington & Western Railroad
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Grand Opera House
  • Regal Cinemas/AMC Theaters
  • The Playhouse on Rodney Square
  • Strasburg Railroad
  • Renaissance Faire
  • Tax Free Shopping!

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