Welcome to the University of Delaware and to a new and exciting time in your life. UD is on a Path to Prominence™. We’ve pledged to apply the strengths and resources of the University to benefit the greater Delaware community; to foster a robust educational environment in which all people are welcomed; to create and expand innovative partnerships for economic and community development; to engage students, faculty and staff in the most compelling challenges of our age; and to make a significant difference in the state, the nation and the world. In short, we’re leading in ways that matter, and you’re now a critical part of this mission.
The University of Delaware’s commitment to excellence began in 1743, when the Rev. Francis Alison founded the small private academy to which UD traces its roots. Much has changed since then, but one thing has endured—a UD education prepares students to be engaged, contributing citizens. Whether you’re entering UD as an undergraduate or a graduate student, this catalog will help you map an exciting journey at the University as you challenge yourself to be first in what matters to you.
Undergraduates may choose from nearly 150 majors and 100 minors. Whatever your academic path, you’ll find a campus-wide commitment to undergraduate education. It’s not uncommon for UD faculty members to teach freshman-level courses, nor is it uncommon for their work with undergraduates to extend beyond the classroom. Discovery learning is a signature feature of a UD education, and it’s one you should take advantage of—beginning in your freshman year. UD is a national leader in undergraduate research, and most faculty sponsor undergraduate research projects. The University offers many service-learning opportunities and, for the fifth-straight year, has won the federal government’s highest honor for community service. I encourage you to visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Service Learning when you arrive on campus.
Your academic experience must prepare you for citizenship in a global society. In 1923, the University sponsored the U.S.’s first study-abroad program, and today UD ranks among the top public doctoral universities in the share of undergraduates who study abroad. Each year, the University offers more than 70 programs in nearly 50 countries, and most programs are faculty-led.
UD is a premier graduate university—in the top tier of research institutions as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. The University enrolls nearly 3,600 graduate students in more than 50 doctoral and nearly 120 masters programs, many ranked among the best nationwide. Whatever program you pursue, you’ll study with highly acclaimed scholars working at the frontiers of their fields. You’ll also have access to advanced research facilities, including one of the largest libraries in North America.
Many opportunities are available to you on and off the UD campus. I urge you to challenge yourself academically, to indulge your passion for learning, to be a responsible citizen in our community and to make the most of your Delaware experience.
Patrick T. Harker
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