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Record breaking class--The Class of 2011 is the largest in UD history, with a total of 3,668 students selected from 23,201 freshman applicants. The class includes 283 students with SAT scores of 2100 or higher, and more than one-half of the students had SAT scores of 1800 or higher. The class is the most ethnically diverse in the history of the institution, with 17.8 percent students of color.

Students have a world view--UD invented study abroad and remains in the forefront in providing students international learning experiences. In 2007, UD received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education from the Institute for International Education during a ceremony at the United Nations.

The first Junior Year Abroad program in the world was offered by UD in 1923. Today, nearly half of our undergraduates study abroad before they graduate, a fact showcased during Commencement when students wear colorful sashes reflecting the countries where they studied. In recent years, UD students have studied in more than 50 countries and on all seven continents.

Commitment to diversity--The University of Delaware is ranked eighth in the- nation among “flagship state institutions” in the graduation rate of African-American students, according to a report in a recent issue of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. UD’s rate of 63 percent is substantially higher than the national average of 43 percent.

Successful outcomes--Students in UD’s Ronald E. McNair Scholars and University Undergraduate Scholars programs have continued a significant record of excellence—a 100 percent success rate for getting into and obtaining funding for the graduate schools of their choice. In 2007, all 14 graduating seniors in the McNair program applied to and were accepted by graduate schools.

Top scholars--Since 1990, UD has had four Rhodes Scholarship winners: Leonard P. Stark, Class of 1991; Douglas Mauro de Lorenzo, Class of 1998; Thomas M. Pellathy, Class of 2000; and David A. Kovara, Class of 2002. In all, UD has had 11 Rhodes Scholars since the prestigious program began in 1904.

UD also has produced numerous Marshall, Goldwater and Truman Scholars, and in 2005 was named a Truman Scholarship Honor Institution for its outstanding record of having Truman Scholars selected.

Conserving the world’s treasures--UD has one of the world’s premier art conservation programs. The Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, founded in 1974, is one of just a handful of programs in the world that offers a doctorate in preservation. Graduates have been responsible for the examination, technical analysis, conservation treatment and preservation of such irreplaceable objects as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Star-Spangled Banner, the Liberty Bell and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, they have conserved Babe Ruth’s baseball contract, the original R2D2 from the movie Star Wars, the world’s first photograph, Elvis Presley’s 81 gold records and early animation cels from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Leading-edge multimedia design center--In 2007, UD opened a leading-edge Student Multimedia Design Center in the Morris Library, one of the most advanced such centers in the country. It features six studios that are equipped with high-end technology to allow video recording and editing, as well as the rehearsing and recording of presentations. The opening of the center continues UD’s tradition as a leader in technology.