- University of Delaware
University of Delaware Motto Scientia Sol Mentis Est Motto in English Knowledge is the light of the mind Established 1743 Type Private and Public (private charter and privately funded, with some state assistance) Endowment US$1.4 billion (2011) President Patrick T. Harker Admin. staff 4,004 Students 19,391 Undergraduates 15,757 Postgraduates 3,634 Location Newark, Delaware, USA Campus Suburban 2,311 acres Colors Blue & Gold
Mascot Blue Hen Affiliations AAU Website www.udel.edu
The University of Delaware (colloquially "UD") is the largest university in Delaware. The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown. It is medium-sized – approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. Although UD receives public funding for being a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and urban-grant state-supported research institution, it is also privately chartered. At present, the school's endowment is valued at about $1.3975 billion US.
The University of Delaware is ranked 68th by U.S. News & World Report in the category of "Best National Universities."  In 2009, UD ranked No. 22 in the in-state category of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, and No. 18 for out-of-state. In 2010, the Times Higher Education listed the University of Delaware at number 159 in the world. In 2006, UD's engineering program was ranked number 10 in the nation by The Princeton Review. In 2009, US News and World Report ranked the chemical engineering program 10th among undergraduate programs and 9th among graduate programs. UD was named a Public Ivy by Greene's Guides, which is described as a public college or university with academic quality comparable to an Ivy League institution.
The school has renowned engineering, science, business, education, urban affairs and public policy, public administration, agriculture, history, chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry programs, among others, drawing from the historically strong presence of the nation's chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the state of Delaware. It is one of only four schools in North America with a major in art conservation. UD was the first American university to begin a study abroad program.
The school from which the university grew was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest in the nation. However, UD was not chartered as an institution of higher learning until 1833. Its original class of ten students included George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith, all three of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The University of Delaware traces its founding to 1743, when Presbyterian minister Francis Alison opened up his "Free School" in his home in New London, Pennsylvania. The school changed its name and location several times, ending up as the Academy of Newark in 1769 (chartered by the colonial government). Since Delaware was part of the Pennsylvania colony until 1776, the academy was denied charter as a college in order to prevent its competing with the University of Pennsylvania (then known as the College of Philadelphia). In 1833, the General assembly for the State of Delaware passed the "An Act to Establish a College at Newark", and the next year, Newark College opened. It changed its name in 1843 to Delaware College and it merged with the Academy of Newark. The school closed from 1859 until 1870 (Newark Academy separated from the college in 1869). On March 28, 1921, by another act of state assembly, it merged with the nearby Delaware Women's college (founded in 1913) to form the University.
In August 2008, the University was hailed as the "epicenter" of the presidential election by Bloomberg News. Joe Biden, who graduated from the University, was elected Vice President of the United States on November 4, 2008 as Barack Obama's running mate. In addition, Biden's wife, Jill, as well as David Plouffe, Obama's campaign strategist, and Steve Schmidt, McCain's campaign strategist all graduated from UD.
On October 23, 2009 the University of Delaware signed an agreement with Chrysler to purchase a 272-acre (1.10 km2) closed vehicle assembly plant adjacent to the University for expansion for $24.25 million as part of Chrysler's bankruptcy restructuring plan. Plans call for this facility to be repurposed into a "world-class research facility".
In 2010–2011, the University conducted a feasibility study in support of plans to add a law school focused on corporate and patent law. At its completion, the study suggested that the planned addition was not within the University's funding capability given the nation's economic climate at the time. Capital expenses were projected at $100 million, and the operating deficit in the first ten years would be $165 million. The study assumed an initial class of two hundred students entering in the fall of 2015. Widener University has Delaware's only law school as of 2011.
University rankings (overall) National U.S. News & World Report 68 Global ARWU 151-200 Times 159
The university is organized into seven colleges:
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
- College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Engineering
- College of Health Sciences
There are also three schools:
- School of Education (part of the College of Education & Human Development)
- School of Marine Science and Policy (part of the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment)
- School of Public Policy and Administration (part of the College of Arts & Sciences)
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the colleges. The second annual BusinessWeek review of the "Best Undergraduate B-Schools" ranked UD's Lerner College of Business and Economics 29th among the nation's top 58 public university programs and 61st among the 500 schools earning international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Accelerated Programs also allow students to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees within a five-year period. Opportunities in the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy exist to acquire a bachelor's in leadership and a master's in public administration. Students may also pursue a bachelor's degree in hotel management and a master's in business administration through a "4+1+1" program where students work for one year between the undergraduate and graduate experiences. Students in the College of Engineering can pursue a bachelor's degree in one of the University's engineering disciplines and a master's in business administration.
The Medical Scholars Program is an opportunity for students who wish to pursue careers in the medical profession. Successful participation in the Medical Scholars Program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Delaware and the M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
The Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is an initiative to prepare low-income, first generation college students and underrepresented students of African American, Latino, and Native American descent for doctoral study. Since its inception at Delaware, the program boasts a 100% placement rate of its scholars in graduate programs across the country.
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
The college offers Baccalaureate degrees in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, International Business and Operations Management and Minors in Advertising, Business Administration, Economics, Entrepreneurial Studies, International Business, and Management Information Systems. A Certificate in Business Fundamentals is also offered to non-business majors. As of July 2008, the department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management was moved from the College of Education and Public Policy to Lerner College. Lerner College also offers a degree in Sports Management, which moved from the College of Health Sciences in July 2010.
Graduate degrees offered include Accounting, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Organizational Effectiveness, and Economics. An Executive MBA is offered at the University's Wilmington campus. Ph.D. offered in Economics.
In 2008 the Lerner College was ranked 60th in the nation in Business Week's Best Undergraduate Business Schools. In 2009 it was ranked 6th in the Mid-Atlantic region for its part-time MBA program and 38th in the nation for its part time program.
College of Arts and Sciences
Through the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware students can choose from a vast array of concentrations. They can choose from programs in visual and performing arts, social sciences, natural sciences and many more.
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), through the Department of Geography, the Department of Geological Sciences, and the School of Marine Science and Policy, offers undergraduate and graduate degree options for students to undertake. Undergraduates can major in Coastal and Marine Geoscience, Earth Science Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geography Education, Geology, Marine Science/Marine Biology, Paleobiology. Undergraduates can minor in Coastal and Marine Geoscience, Geography, Geology, or Marine Studies.
In addition to advanced work in the area of their specialty, graduate students in the college are expected to think broadly about their work and its implications for society. Courses outside the student's specialty ensure a well-rounded background. In addition to formal course work, students have the opportunity to conduct research on critical earth, ocean, environmental, and atmospheric topics under the guidance of distinguished faculty.
Graduate students can get degrees in: Climatology(Ph.D.); Geography (M.A., M.S. and Ph.D.); Geology (M.S. and Ph.D.); Marine Bioscience (M.S. and Ph.D.); Marine Policy (M.S., M.M.P. and Ph.D.); Oceanography (M.S. and Ph.D.); Ocean Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.); and Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D.).
Divisions and institutes
Disaster Research Center
The Disaster Research Center, or DRC, was the first social science research center in the world devoted to the study of disasters. It was established at Ohio State University in 1963 and moved to the University of Delaware in 1985. The Center conducts field and survey research on group, organizational and community preparation for,response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters and other community-wide crises. DRC researchers have carried out systematic studies on a broad range of disaster types, including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous chemical incidents, and plane crashes. DRC has also done research on civil disturbances and riots, including the 1992 Los Angeles unrest. Staff have conducted nearly 600 field studies since the Center’s inception,traveling to communities throughout the United States and to a number of foreign countries, including Mexico,Canada, Japan, Italy, and Turkey. Faculty members from the University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice direct DRC's projects. Professor Sue McNeil is Director. Core Faculty Benigno E. Aguirre, Joanne Nigg and Tricia Wachtendorf. Russell R. Dynes and E. L. Quarantelli, the founding directors of DRC, are Emeritus Professors. The staff also includes postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduates and research support personnel.
Delaware Biotechnology Institute
The Delaware Biotechnology Institute, or DBI, was organized as an academic unit of the University of Delaware in 1999 and moved into dedicated research facilities in 2001. DBI supports a statewide partnership of higher education, industry, medical, and government communities committed to the discovery and application of interdiscplinary knowledge in biotechnology and the life sciences. With some 180 people resident in the DBI facilities, including 20-25 faculty members representing 12 departments, 140 graduate and post-graduate students, and 20 professional staff members, DBI emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to life-science research. The core research areas pursued by DBI-affiliated faculty include agriculture, human health, marine environmental genomics, biomaterials, and computational biology/bioinformatics. Research in these and other areas is done in collaboration with faculty at Delaware State University, Delaware Technical and Community College, Wesley College, Christinia Care Health Systems, and Nemours Hospital for Children. One of the primary objectives of the Institute is to provide state-of-the-art research equipment to facilitate life science research and six core instrumentation centers and specialized facilities, each under the direction of an experienced researcher or administrator, is supported at DBI and made available to University researchers.
Delaware Environmental Institute
The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) launched October 23, 2009. DENIN is charged with conducting research and promoting and coordinating knowledge partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering and policy. 
University of Delaware Energy Institute
The University of Delaware Energy Institute (DEI) was inaugurated September 19, 2008. DEI has been selected to receive a $3 million a year grant for advanced solar research.
Students and admissions
University of Delaware Admissions Statistics (2014) Applicants 26,491 Acceptance Rate 42% out of state, 66% (DE) First Year Students 1,183 (DE), 2,235 out of state High School GPA 3.38–3.91 SAT Range, ACT 1800–2000, 27 Freshman Class Size 3,418 Number of Study Abroad Locations 35+ Undergraduate Colleges 7 Academic Offerings 125 majors, 75 minors Undergraduate Student-Faculty Ratio 12:1
The student body at the University of Delaware is largely an undergraduate population. The University offers over 135 undergraduate degrees and, due to the number of academic options, many students complete dual degrees as well as double majors and minors. Delaware students have access to work and internship opportunities, world-wide study abroad programs, research and service learning progams.
Residence Life controversy
In October 2007, the Office of Residence Life's diversity program was criticized by several students, and faculty as well as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for infringing on students rights. FIRE argued that residence hall programs, one on ones and floor meetings administered through resident assistants forced students into accepting "university-approved ideologies." FIRE specifically criticized programs dealing with issues of sexual identity, race, and sustainability. The controversy originated from training programs given to resident assistants that suggested all white people were inherently racist, and because minorities were not in the majority, they could not be racist. The program was suspended on November 1, 2007, with university president Patrick T. Harker quoted as saying, "There are questions about its practices that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled." In May 2008, against some student protest, the University reinstated an amended version of the previous program. The National Association of Scholars (NAS), an education reform group, and an early critic of the Residence Life program, called the amended version a repackaging of the original program. Said the NAS: "The submission is essentially a repeat of its predecessor program. Some of the text has been re-worded but its meaning remains unchanged." The program was also criticized by Wall Street Journal commentator Naomi Schaefer Riley. Riley, among other things, criticized loose definitions of environmental sustainability that include "Fair Trade", "Affirmative Action", "Multicultural Competence" and "Domestic Partnerships".
The recent history of the university has been marked by massive construction projects. North or Laird Campus, formerly home to the Pencader Complex, has been entirely redesigned and renamed Independence Complex. This began with the construction of a Marriott Courtyard run by the HRIM (Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management) department. Three new residence hall buildings have also been built and named after the three University Alumni who signed the Declaration of Independence, George Read, Thomas McKean and James Smith (who signed for Pennsylvania). The third Delaware signer, Caesar Rodney, already had a dorm complex named after him on West Campus. A fourth residence hall opened for the Fall of 2008, named Independence Hall; the building is split into East and West wings.
New academic buildings have also been constructed recently. In 2006, the Center For The Arts had its grand opening, with new facilities for the school's music and theater programs. Also in 2006, Jastak-Burgess Hall opened, now home to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. In 1998, Gore Hall opened on the Green and connects to Smith Hall via an overpass on South College Avenue. Other recent construction projects include Alfred Lerner Hall (for business) and massive renovations to DuPont Hall, Wolf Hall, and Memorial Hall.
The University is currently headed by its 26th President Patrick T. Harker, who was formerly dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Previous President David P. Roselle retired at the end of the 2006–2007 academic year. President Roselle had held that post for sixteen years. Prior to Roselle, the President was E.A. Trabant.
Roselle's 2006 salary of $979,571 was the highest of any public university president in the United States (Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke's 2006 salary was second, at $880,950).
As noted in the Introduction, the University receives funding from a variety of sources as a consequence of its historical origins. Among those sources is the State of Delaware operating budget. In 2006, the proportion of the University's funding coming from this source was 18.6%. As of 2011[update], this proportion has decreased to 11.9% as a result of decreasing appropriations.
The University of Delaware was the first American university to begin a study abroad program, which was later adopted by many other institutions. The program began when Professor Raymond Watson Kirkbride took a group of 9 students to Paris, France during the fall semester of 1923. Since this initial trip, the University of Delaware has expanded its study abroad program, which now encompasses over 80 different programs in more than 40 subjects to over 45 countries on all seven continents making it one of the largest programs in the country. As of 2006-2007, approximately 45% of all Delaware undergraduate students take advantage of study abroad experiences prior to completing their baccalaureate degrees.
Delaware's study abroad program offers many options for students. Undergraduates have the option of studying abroad for a five-week winter or summer session, or an entire semester.
The athletic teams at Delaware are known as the Fightin' Blue Hens with a mascot named YoUDee. YoUDee is a Blue Hen Chicken, after the team names and the state bird of Delaware. YoUDee was the 2002 UCA National Mascot Champion, was elected into the mascot hall of fame in 2006, and was the 2009 UCA Open Division Mascot National Champion.
UD offers 22 varsity sports, which compete in the NCAA Division-I (FCS for football). Delaware is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in all sports. Delaware was a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference in football until the 2006 season. Football is the most popular and most successful sport at Delaware. The Fighting Blue Hens football teams have won six national titles, including the 2003 NCAA I-AA Championship. In 2007, the Delaware Blue Hens were the runners up in the NCAA I-AA National Championship game, but were defeated by (defending champions) Appalachian State. In 2010, the Delaware Blue Hens were again runners up in the National Championship game, losing to Eastern Washington 20-19 after being up 19-0 earlier in the game.
Former head football coaches Bill Murray, Dave Nelson and Harold "Tubby" Raymond are College Football Hall of Fame inductees. Delaware is one of only two schools to have three straight head coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (Georgia Tech is the other). Delaware's only other NCAA National Championship came in 1983 for Women's Division I Lacrosse.
The Blue Hens have won four CAA Championships since joining in 2001: one each for the women's 2004 field hockey team, the 2007 men's lacrosse team, the 2007 women's volleyball team, and the 2010 football team (shared with William & Mary). (Unofficially, the women's rowing team has won the CAA title four times since 2001, placing second the other two times.) The 2007 men's lacrosse program reached the final four of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its history.
In November 2007, it was announced that the University of Delaware and Delaware State University would have their first game against each other, the game being in the first round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The game was played on November 23, with University of Delaware winning 44-7. Delaware was the victor in the teams' first regular season match-up in September 2009. Future contests are scheduled for 2012-2014.
"The Delaware Fight Song" first appeared in the Student Handbook in 1933. It was composed by alumnus George F. Kelly (Class of 1915).
The University of Delaware has a variety of musical performance opportunities available to students, including a wind ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band. There are also a number of jazz groups available, including two large ensembles, and a smaller group that focus on improvisation. All ensembles are open by audition to all students at the university, and can be taken either for credit or for no credit. The school also has a steel drum ensemble, and an early music ensemble. There are also a variety of choral ensembles, including the University of Delaware Chorale, an all-women's choir, and three choirs, also open to community members, that constitute the Schola Cantorum. The music department's home is the Amy E. Dupont Music Building, named for Amy Elizabeth du Pont, a prominent benefactor of the University during the early 20th century.
In addition, the University of Delaware is known for having one of the best marching bands on the east coast, the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band. The band ranges from 300 to 350 members every year and can be seen performing at every home football game as well as at various festivals and competitions, including the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, PA. Additionally, the marching band was selected to perform in the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in 2009.
In 2006, the new Center for the Arts building opened. This building has a number of recital halls and a large number of practice rooms, most with upright pianos. The practice rooms are locked and cannot be used by students who are not music majors or in an official UD ensemble. The university employs a tiered access system, with larger rooms and rooms with grand pianos being reserved for certain groups of students. In addition the music department also uses their old building, with offices, classrooms, practice rooms, and recital halls. This building has public-access practice rooms with pianos.
In 2004, the University of Delaware Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Paul D. Head and accompanied by Betsy Kent, were invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association's International Convention in Los Angeles. In April 2007, the Chorale won the Grand Prix at the Tallinn International Choral Festival, having scored higher than 40 other choirs from around the world. In 2000, the music department purchased an 18th century Ceruti violin for professor and virtuoso violinist Xiang Gao. This investment of nearly $300,000 USD has more than tripled in value. Recently Prof. Gao has been granted use of a Stradivarius Violin.
The University also has a student run radio station, 91.3 WVUD, as well as several a cappella groups including one all-female, one all-male, and five mixed groups.
In 2000, the University of Delaware was ranked the 2nd most "wired" university in the country by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. There is over 700 miles (1,100 km) of fiber optic cable, which runs throughout the campus.
The university has also been listed on the list of the top 10 most "wireless" universities in the country. Wireless connections are available in all major areas of the university including the library, dining halls, student centers, residence hall lounges (except west Christiana tower), and most classroom buildings.
As of the fall of 2011, tuition for in-state residents will be US$11,192, while out-of-state students will pay US$27,462. This is a substantial increase (9.6% for in-state and 8.1% for out-of-state) versus 2010 tuition.
There are currently four student publications at Delaware: The Review, DEconstruction Magazine, UDress, and the Mainstreet Journal.
The Review is a weekly publication, released in print and online on Tuesdays. It is an independent publication and receives no financial support from the university. It is distributed at several locations across campus, including Morris Library, the Perkins Student Center and the Trabant University Center, as well as various academic buildings and the dining halls. The Review's office is located at 250 Perkins Student Center, facing Academy Street, and is above the offices of WVUD. In 2004, it was a National Newspaper Pacemaker Award Finalist, and was also named one of the ten best non-daily college newspapers by the Associated Collegiate Press. They currently have a print circulation of 10,000.
In 2002, DEconstruction Magazine was formed "to create a forum for student writing that fell outside of journalism or creative writing. Traditionally, DEconstruction focused on an editorial style of writing to discuss everything from politics to pop culture."
UDress magazine is the on-campus fashion magazine which publishes one issue per semester, in conjuncture with fashion events.
The Mainstreet Journal focuses on creative writing.
The student-run, non-commercial, educational radio station at Delaware broadcasts on 91.3 and uses the call letters WVUD, which the University purchased from the University of Dayton in the 1980s. Although not its intended call letter pronunciation, 'VUD has taken on the slogan "the Voice of the University of Delaware." They are licensed by the city of Newark, Delaware and broadcasts with a power of 1,000 watts 24 hours a day with its offices and studios located in the Perkins Student Center.
The transmitting facilities are located atop the Christiana East Tower residence hall. WVUD is operated by University of Delaware students, a University staff of two, and community members. No prior radio experience is necessary, nor is there a need to enroll in any certain major to become a part of WVUD. The radio station has a variety of programming, featuring both music and talk formats.
Another student magazine, aUDio, was announced in Fall 2007. They aim to be "the University of Delaware's first online music magazine."  To celebrate their launch, there was a concert on November 29, 2007, in the Trabant University Center.
STN is the student-run, non-commercial, educational television station at the University of Delaware. The station broadcasts second-run movies, original student produced content as well as live sports coverage. The initials, STN, originally stood for Shane Thomas Network, later changed to Student Television Network.
Approximately 20% of Delaware's undergraduate population is affiliated with a fraternity or sorority. There are over 19 fraternities and 15 sororities (chapters & colonies) in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). They all coordinate via the Greek Council. All Greek organizations participate in an accreditation process called the Chapter Assessment Program (CAP). CAP ratings award chapters with either a Gold, Silver, Bronze, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement designation. This system is an expansion from the Five Star program of the late 1990s, requiring contributions to community service, philanthropy, university events, diversity education, professional education, a chapter/colony GPA greater than or equal to the all men's or all women's average, and attendance and compliance with numerous other criteria.
Active Fraternities include Delta Tau Delta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Kappa Delta Rho, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Gamma Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Phi Delta, Delta Sigma Pi, Phi Gamma Delta, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, Phi Sigma Pi, Theta Chi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Pi Kappa Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
A campus website claims that a 1993 study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that high-risk drinking at UD exceeded the national norm. On this survey, a majority of students reported binge drinking more than once in a two-week interval. The average consumption for students was nine drinks per week, while 29% reported that they drink on 10 or more occasions per month. Ironically, UD students were found to be more aware of policies, prevention programs, and enforcement risks than the national average.
In 2005, on the Newark campus of the university 1140 students were picked up by the campus police for alcohol-related violations. Of these, 120 led to arrests. These figures are up from previous years, 1062 in 2004 and 1026 in 2003. This represents approximately 6% of the student population. Caution must be used in interpreting these figures; a higher number of reported violations may represent more enforcement, not necessarily more actual violations.
UD has expended considerable effort and financial resources to reduce the drinking problem on campus; in 1991 UD founded the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies. One of the center's major initiatives is a collaborative plan to reduce irresponsible drinking at UD, called "A Matter of Degree"
Beginning in the fall of 2006, incoming freshman had to complete an online course, AlcoholEdu.
At least one student organization has undertaken the goal of "providing fun activities for those who chose not to drink" and to "promote the idea that one doesn't need alcohol to have a good time."
Notable current and former faculty
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