University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware (UD OR UDel) is the largest university in the state of Delaware. The main campus is located in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes and Georgetown. The school is currently headed by President David P. Roselle. It is medium-sized - approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. Although it is a state-supported school, it is privately chartered. At present, the school's endowment is valued at about USD$1.1 billion.

The university was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest in the nation. Its original class of 10 students included George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith, all three of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

The school has particularly substantial engineering, science, education, and agriculture programs, with world-class programs in chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, drawing as it does from the historically strong presence of the nation's chemical and pharmaceutical industries. It is one of only four schools in North America with a major in art conservation.

Organization and Student Body

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Gore Hall is equiped with several high-technology classrooms
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Morris Library, located on the South end of the mall, is the largest library between New York City and Washington DC

The university is organized into 7 colleges:

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Nursing Sciences
  • College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy
  • College of Marine Studies

The college Arts and Science is the largest of the colleges.

Student Body Statistics as of fall 2004:

Racial make-up # %
White 13,233 84.9%
African American 865 5.6%
Hispanic 570 3.7%
Asian 524 3.4%
Native American 39 0.3%
Non-Resident Alien 158 1.0%
Other 191 1.2%
Total Undergrad 16,548 100%
Racial make-up # %
White 1,446 57.4%
African American 109 4.3%
Hispanic 55 2.2%
Asian 57 2.3%
Native American 6 0.2%
Non-Resident Alien 817 32.4%
Other 29 1.2%
Total Grad 2,519 100%


The University of Delaware traces its founding to 1743, when Francis Alison opened up his "Free School" in New London, Pennsylvania. 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. The school closed from 1859 until 1872. On March 28, 1921, by another act of state assembly, it merged with the nearby Delaware Women's college to form the University of Delaware.


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Photograph of the University of Delaware mascot, the Blue Hen, at a parade in Wilmington, DE, March 2004.

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. UD offers 23 varsity sports, which compete in the NCAA Division-I (Division-IAA for football).

Delaware is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in all sports except football, which is a member of the Atlantic-10 conference. Football is the biggest sport at Delaware, as the Fightin' Blue Hen football teams have won six national titles, including the 2003 NCAA I-AA Championship.

Former head football coaches Bill Murray, Dave Nelson and Harold "Tubby" Raymond are College Football Hall of Fame inductees. Delaware's only other NCAA Division I National Championship came in 1983 for Women's Lacrosse.

In recent years the Delaware teams have struggled to find much success in the CAA. The Blue Hens have won only one CAA Championship since joining in 2001. That victory took place in 2004 when the field hockey team won the CAA Championship despite being the 4 seed going into the CAA tournament. The women's volleyball team and men's lacrosse team have participated in CAA Championships but have not been able to bring the championship back to Newark.


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.

George Thorogood attended UD.

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