History, Affiliations and Rankings
The University of Delaware is one of the oldest universities in the United States of America which has seen all phases of American history, starting from the War of Independence to the American Civil War to World War 2 and also was impacted by these events. Founded as a free school in Delaware in 1743 by Francis Allison, the Delaware school was granted college status after the American Civil War when state legislators had lobbied for the establishment of the education institution in Delaware in 1867.
It was only in 1921, that Delaware College was renamed the University of Delaware and accredited with the university status in 1945 (post world war 2) when it merged with the Women's College of Delaware.
The number of students at UD has doubled since 1950, and the university has considerably increased its faculty, academic offerings, and global influence.
The University acquired a 272-acre plot of land near the Newark campus in 2009 that had once been a Chrysler Plant. The University's Health Sciences Complex is located in that location, which is currently being developed as a hub for business, research, education, and other activities. It is now known as the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus.
According to THE World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings 2022, the University of Delaware has been ranked between #301-350 and #531-540 respectively. Furthermore, U.S. News Best Global Universities have ranked the university at #346.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The main campus is spread across 954 acres in the city of Newark. The inviting atmosphere on campus is enhanced by notable speakers, NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, 300+ active student organizations, concerts, and other artistic and cultural events. UD has campuses around the state, including those in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown, and Lewes, in addition to its dynamic main campus in Newark.
Apart from the main campus, the University of Delaware has four satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Georgetown. The University of Delaware has eight colleges including Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, College of Engineering, Graduate College, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Health Sciences. Apart from this, the University of Delaware also has four schools: Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration (part of the College of Arts & Sciences), School of Education (part of the College of Education & Human Development), School of Marine Science and Policy (part of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment) and School of Nursing (part of the College of Health Sciences).
The university offers 148 bachelor's programs, 121 master's programs (with 13 joint degrees) and 55 doctoral programs across its eight colleges in all disciplines. In addition to that, the university also offers certification courses, winter/summer schools and three associate programs.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Delaware is called the Doctoral University with High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UD is the first university in the United States to start a study abroad program. In 2009, the university established the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus to achieve advancement in technology.
The University of Delaware Energy Institute receives a $3 million a year grant for advanced solar research. An 8-time UCA Open Division Mascot National Champion, YouDEE is the athletic team of the University of Delaware. In 2006, the YouDEE was elected into the Mascot Hall of Fame. The Joseph R Biden Institute was established as a tribute to Delaware’s alumni and former Vice President and current President of the US, Joe Biden.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
With more than 24,000 students out of which 18,000+ and 4,000+ students are enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Not just this, the university has more than 1,200 academic staff members. The university has partnered with major corporations such as Johnson and Johnson, Amazon, Ernest and Young, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, etc.