Newark, DE
University of Delaware


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Olivia
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The following passage is an honest review of the University of Delaware, one that I wish I was given before signing four year...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The following passage is an honest review of the University of Delaware, one that I wish I was given before signing four years of my life away to the institution. While my overall experience at Delaware has been positive, there are defining traits of campus life that are cause for consideration. The most obvious topic is UD's rank as the "Number One Party School in America!!" I am not sure how this title was granted, but it is misguided and untrue. Most partying is relegated to private residences and fraternal organizations, not even bars (which there are very few of) or clubs (which there are none of). Newark, Delaware is a relatively small town with just enough recreation to keep college kids from tipping cows in nearby Maryland. When they are not studying or partying, students go to the nearby Christiana Mall or grab food at the handful of college student-friendly eateries on Main Street. Forget about college sports: none of popular team sports are worth watching. It is a terribly suburban and generally mundane existence. I personally wish that there was more culture, like museums and art galleries. On the other hand, Philadelphia is less than an hour away and Wilmington is even closer. Newark may not be the most worldly or varied experience, but there is plenty to do if you search for it. In terms of academics and campus amenities, UD has proved reliable. The library, albeit a concrete monstrosity, is stocked with seating and equipment. There are student centers with food kiosks and places to study. In the classroom itself, professors can be a bit too preoccupied with their research or many other students to give individual attention. As a large university, though, Delaware's staff is consistent with providing office hours and resources. Granted, one must actually utilize them in order to benefit from them. Housing is pretty atrocious. There is no sweetening the roaches and lack of air-conditioning many freshmen endure. While I stomped out vermin with my (roommate's) shoe, I looked onto a freshly built dorm next door. I could not even use the habitable study spaces in the glorious South Academy Dorm unless a resident of the building let me in. Upperclassmen housing is barely an improvement, as the only buildings without health hazards are a twenty minute trek from main campus. Moving off campus requires cunning and punctuality; leases are normally signed by the end of October for the following year's rent. If one manages to snag an apartment that is within a reasonable walking distance to classes, they better be prepared to cough up between $500 and $900 a month (utilities not included, of course). A lease for the most sought-after apartments on campus require an overnight stay outside of the housing group's office. My final gripe with the university is its lack of diversity. Most of the general population comes from white, middle-class families. There is little integration between the students of color, international students, and white students at Delaware. In my entire sorority of over two hundred women, there is not a single black woman. I am one of the few girls of Asian descent. I was assigned a Korean English Language Institute student as a part of a global outreach program I am in. I was the only native speaker she interacted with on campus. Besides her ELI classmates, I was the only non-Korean speaking person she knew. While I do not expect UD to be a Mecca of interracial unity, it is disheartening to see the degree of separation that exists among such a young population. I could complain about the University of Delaware's drawbacks for days. I could also rave about its merits endlessly. While Delaware felt limiting and mediocre to me initially, I have discovered it is a place where one must work to find your place. There is endless opportunity if one seeks it out. There's a student organization for practically every interest (even peanut butter). People are sociable, and there is so many of them that it is not difficult to find someone with similar interests. I came into UD knowing no one and having no idea what my career would be. I am now president of my major's club, a member of a sorority, and countless other organizations. I have found my people and my path at the University of Delaware, and not ashamed to say that I will always be a Blue Hen.

Meghan
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While I love my academic program at the University of Delaware, I have been less than impressed with the services available. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

While I love my academic program at the University of Delaware, I have been less than impressed with the services available. The Counseling Center has little availability and is often not willing to see students, and the food options are less than ideal.

Margeaux
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I love the University of Delaware and am so grateful to have the opportunity to go to school there. From the classroom to the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the University of Delaware and am so grateful to have the opportunity to go to school there. From the classroom to the restaurants on campus, there isn't anything about the school that I dislike. I am apart of greek life and love it, but greek life is not a necessity at my school and I have many friends that are not involved in it. There are so many opportunities at this school that I take advantage of every single day!

Heidi
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I feel as though, now being mid-way through my sophomore year, UD has become somewhere that I think of as home, but I believe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I feel as though, now being mid-way through my sophomore year, UD has become somewhere that I think of as home, but I believe it has only come to that point because I put in a lot of work on my end. A lot of my comfort has been influenced by my English Education major, which is a bit smaller of a group than my initial Communications Interest class. However, the majority of my adoration for my school has come from my own work in getting involved in extracurriculars, and finding part-time jobs. I believe that this school has TONS of great opportunities, and I am so thankful to have all that I do, but I feel that if you don't put in the effort, you won't necessarily love it. It is very easy to be washed away, and I don't think I realized how large of a school I was really going to, in terms of its people. Additionally, it is rated the number one party school for a reason. As someone who has chosen a mostly sober route, I had an incredibly difficult time finding ways to get friends to be social that didn't involve drinking, as partying is always the default hang out. Overall, I love the education, connections, opportunities, and friends that UD had brought me, and I am satisfied in my choice of schools for that fact, but I still dislike its over-arching party culture, as well as the impersonal, detached vibes given off from some of the higher-ups.

jamilah
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It's a pretty decent campus, very beautiful and rustic. The teachers are knowledgeable and fair most of the time. I enjoy my ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a pretty decent campus, very beautiful and rustic. The teachers are knowledgeable and fair most of the time. I enjoy my time on campus and the different events that go on. Concerts are nice! Wish the non-greek students had better groups and it wasn't so divided.

Anna Marie
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I think it's a great school. Despite being as large as it is, students create small, close-knit communities. There are also a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think it's a great school. Despite being as large as it is, students create small, close-knit communities. There are also a variety of academics as well as extracurricular activities that students can get involved in. While some general classes are rather large, some having more than 150 students, the further you progress with classes within your major, the smaller and more personal your classes become.

Jordan
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I love the University of Delaware and always speak highly of it to my friends and family. I even convinced one of my closest ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the University of Delaware and always speak highly of it to my friends and family. I even convinced one of my closest friends to attend next year by taking him to football games and showing him around campus. It is truly a great school and I have a lot of pride in being a Blue Hen.

Arianna
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I love the University of Delaware! The campus is gorgeous, the classes are great, and there are lots of places to hang out be...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the University of Delaware! The campus is gorgeous, the classes are great, and there are lots of places to hang out between classes. I love the big college feel without being too overwhelming. This was my top school, and I' m so happy it has lived up to my expectations!

Rucha
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The University of Delaware provides a great community for their students. They promote the ability for everyone to find their...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Delaware provides a great community for their students. They promote the ability for everyone to find their own niche on campus and support a very diverse student body. Research, education, sports, the arts, study abroad, work and social involvement are highly encouraged. There are many extracurricular activities that are meant to fit a diverse population and they support the creation of new and innovate ideas. However, the tuition difference between residential and non-residential students is extremely high.

William
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The University of Delaware does not have the best food, campus, academics, or activities, but i think it’s a combination of a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Delaware does not have the best food, campus, academics, or activities, but i think it’s a combination of alright things that makes this college really good. Along with meeting great people this has become a college that I will stay at for four years.

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