Delaware Valley College is an independent, comprehensive, four-year residential institution in New Britain, PA. It enrolls approximately 2000 full-time undergraduates studying 25 majors. The campus sits on 574 acres in Bucks County, PA, between Philadelphia and New York. The entire campus has been designated an arboretum because of its landscaping and wide variety of plant types.
In 2011, the college dedicated its new 398-acre Gemmill Campus in Jamison, PA, after a gift from the Gemmill family of land and money in order to further the college's strategic plan, which involves moving to become a university in 2014. Structural changes, such as dividing the college into four distinct schools, are in preparation for this change. Besides the school of Agriculture and Environmental Science, the college has the School of Life and Physical Science, the School of Business and Humanities, and the School of Graduate, Continuing, and Entrepreneurial studies. Within Business and Humanities may be found a variety of majors, including Business, Secondary Education, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, and English/Media.
Besides graduate programs in Educational Leadership and the MBA, DelVal has recently approved masters' programs in Counseling Psychology and Policy Studies (to begin over the next year or so).
Roughly 98 percent of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid from an annual pool of $20 million.
DelVal, as it is commonly called, had a for-credit employment program that required students to work 500 hours in an area of their major; however, this program is now evolving into a more comprehensive Experiential Learning Program (ExPL). The program is part of the college’s legacy of linking theoretical learning with practical training. At DelVal, students learn by doing. Each department at the college is incorporating ExPL into its curriculum.
Many graduates of Delaware Valley College take positions with the pharmaceutical and food industries, work in government or business, go on to become veterinarians or start their own companies.
The school currently enrolls about 1700 full-time undergraduates and more than 300 part-time students in the college's evening college, weekend college, and graduate programs.
There are over 60 clubs and organizations at the college. Over half of the campus participates in at least one. Among the choices are a literary magazine, the campus newspaper, a jazz band, student government, an equestrian team and fraternities or sororities. Many clubs are related to academic majors. There is the Food Industry Club, the Future Environmental Designers Club and the Horticulture Society and a chapter of SIFE – Students In Free Enterprise, a global, non-profit organization that develops leadership, teamwork and communication skills through inter-collegiate competition.
The college has a Rescue University, a group that helps homeless animals and the shelters that serve them. There also is Project EARTH, an environmental awareness club; and Students for Diversity, a club that promotes acceptance, understanding and acknowledgement of diversity.
A three-day event planned and run entirely by students called A-Day, short for Activities Day, is run in the spring. It is a sanctioned state fair that includes booths, exhibits, food, rides, music and educational displays. People attend from the surrounding communities.
Over 40 percent of our undergraduates participate in sports and bring a lively, competitive spirit to campus.
The College fields 17 men and women’s teams in Division III of the NCAA. DelVal is affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference and competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Student-athletes compete in Division III and have the option of competing in more than one sport.
DelVal has a year-round program of intramural sports including oflag football, basketball and softball, one-day tournaments, a 100-miles run club, horseshoes and dodge ball.
The school is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), where members can compete in both Hunt Seat and Western shows. In addition, dressage riders can compete in Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows. The school is also home to a vaulting team.