Impressions Of
University of Delaware

Academic Experience

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2017

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your Neuroscience Major?
It depends on the class. For the general requirements, in the beginning you have problem sets like high school. As you get more advanced you have to read scientific articles and dissect them. So, you have to write a summary that includes things like what innovation they made and how it contributed to neuroscience literature.

Female Hospitality Industry Management Major C/O 2017

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s a really small major, which is awesome because you got to know all the people in the major pretty well. We had a lot of group work with other people, and it’s nice because you know each other well and you don’t dread working with people you don’t know.

Female International Relations and English Double Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel either of your majors’ departments do especially well or especially poorly?
I feel International Relations and English are both really good at being able to customize your concentrations. Like, in International Relations, I was able to pick that I want to focus on Latin America and I want to focus on diplomacy and world order. And, there’s other options, like if you’re particularly into economics, you can do that, or if you’re particularly into Asia, you can do that. English doesn’t really have concentrations, but you’re pretty much allowed to take whatever classes you want and there’s very little core requirements of taking classes you don’t want to take.

Social Opportunities

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2017

How happy were you with the nightlife at Delaware? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I like it a lot, but I think it needs to be more open. I get that a lot of frats want to keep it closed but that can be frustrating. I felt that if you weren’t in a sorority you weren’t meeting that many people in Greek life.

Female Hospitality Industry Management Major C/O 2017

How happy are you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change if you could?
Things were so far away because Delaware’s campus is pretty big, so walking that distance is a pain. Overall, I was really happy. Things changed a lot from freshman and sophomore year to junior and senior year, and going to the bars was nicer. I liked that freshmen and sophomores couldn’t go to the bars because it was something you looked forward to. It’s kind of a rite of passage to go to the frat parties and then move on from that.

Male Computer Engineering Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Typically, I like to go out on Main Street with my friends, and maybe eat some food together. Sometimes I would go to play some sports at the Bob [Carpenter Center]. Typically, in the nighttime I’d go to the dance clubs, hang out with friends to eat, or go to the gym.

Campus Culture

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2017

Do you feel that people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I do. I would say the diversity needs to be worked on. There was an LGBT community, but it’s a little smaller than what I’m used to, granted my high school was very liberal so that was huge. There is an exception that there are a lot of Asian students, but they didn’t speak English super well so they pretty much stuck to themselves. [About 71% of students are White.]

Female International Relations and English Double Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I’d say it’s upper class and there is a certain type of people that is primarily white, primarily straight, super into partying, and people that have a lot of money. But I’ve never had issues with people being cruel or mean. Everyone’s pretty liberal, pretty nice, and pretty average just in general. [The median family income at University of Delaware is about $147,000.]

Male Computer Engineering Major C/O 2018

How did being a first-generation student affect your time at Delaware?
I feel that there’s a different expectation for you when you’re a first-generation student. Your family wants to make sure you’re doing well and make sure you do well enough so that your offspring can receive some benefit that your other family members couldn’t.

Newark, DE

Pros of

  • It’s really accessible from I-95, there is a train station nearby, and a mega bus that stops right there. It’s easy to visit friends and leave if you need to.
  • You get the small-town community feel while also being close to the city.
  • Delaware’s really nice because it doesn’t have a sales tax.

Cons of

  •  It’s really hard to drive around campus because everything’s a one-way street. Driving is also a pain because you have to wait for pedestrians.
  • The police are really into catching people for jaywalking so you have to be careful when you cross.
  • Things aren’t open that late. The bars close at 1AM and restaurants close by 9 or 10PM. If you’re used to a big city environment this is not the place for you, but I didn’t mind it.

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2017

What is something you wish you knew about Delaware before entering as a freshman?
It rains a lot and they don’t have good drainage systems so make sure you have rain boots. I didn’t realize that it rained so much in the spring.

Female International Relations and English Double Major C/O 2019

What is something a prospective student may have missed on a visit that is worth checking out?
I think there’s a lot of cool events that the university sets up. The student centers are really amazing, and in Perkins there is the Blue Hen Zone, for example, there is a whole underground video game-pool table place that you can go and hang out in. There are places to just sit down and get your work done and have fun that a lot of people don’t really check out much. For events on campus, I saw John Mulaney who is an amazing comedian.

Male Computer Engineering Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about Delaware before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew how difficult some of the classes were going to be. I felt like when I was younger, I would have prepared a lot better for it.

Reasons to attend and not to attend University of Delaware

To Attend

  • There is a lot of school pride. Everyone loves Delaware.
  • It’s a beautiful campus. We have lots of different types of buildings with different structures.
  • It’s a really well-rounded school. There are a lot of departments that we excel in.

To Not Attend

  • It’s not a big football school. There are people that go to the games, but it’s not like a Big 10 school.
  • It’s expensive if you’re an out of state student. [For the 2018-2019 academic year, the tuition for out of state students was $34,310.]
  • If you’re a guy and not interested in Greek life you might have a harder time finding things to do freshman and sophomore year, or at least until you’re 21.
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