About UD

The University of Delaware is committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and service.


From its roots as a private academy in 1743, the institution today is a research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact. Come join us.  



Our alumni tell our story of achievement -- from the first class that included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and a signer of the Constitution to a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, a Tony Award-winning choreographer and the current vice president of the United States.

Our distinguished faculty includes internationally known authors, scientists and artists. State-of-the-art facilities support UD’s academic, research and service activities.

Campus life is welcoming -- enriched by distinguished guest speakers, NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics, 300-plus engaged student organizations, concerts and other arts and cultural activities.

In addition to our vibrant main campus in Newark, UD has locations across the state -- in Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown and Lewes. 

A thriving study-abroad program and expanding international partnerships further enhance our students’ education as global citizens.

  • 'Perfect' soap molecules

    Article courtesy of the University of Minnesota | October 26, 2016

    Discovery could have major impact on multibillion-dollar cleaning products industry

  • Magnet research attracts award

    Article by Ann Manser | October 26, 2016

    UD’s Hadjipanayis honored by international organization

  • Self-assembly in space

    Article by Diane Kukich | October 26, 2016

    NSF grant to support research on colloidal materials

  • OEI launches 'kNOw MORE'

    Article by UDaily staff | October 24, 2016

    New campus campaign addresses sexual misconduct

  • Biofuel breakthrough

    Article by Diane Kukich | October 24, 2016

    PNAS paper reports new approach to methanol utilization

  • Tour to promote UD, state

    Article by UDaily staff | October 25, 2016

    Xiang Gao’s 6ixwire joins roster of California Artists Management

One of the oldest universities in the United States,
the University of Delaware traces its roots to


The school’s first name was Newark College,
later becoming Delaware College. 


In 1921, it was officially named
the University of Delaware.


In 2016, we continue to grow - establishing ourselves as a top
institution that is leaving its mark in
Delaware and across the globe.

More UD History

Welcome to Blue Hen Country!

From intercollegiate athletics to club sports, UD's school spirit permeates throughout campus, boosted by loyal fans who include students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends. 


YoUDee the mascot

UD Marching Band

Cockpit Cheering Section


Dance Team

Mission Statement

The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas. State-assisted yet privately governed, the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university.

The University of Delaware is a major research university with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. University faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars and professionals. University graduates are prepared to contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service.

The University of Delaware promotes an environment in which all people are inspired to learn and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population.

Statement of Responsibility 

The University of Delaware community values both personal and academic freedom. All members of the campus community have the personal responsibility to promote an atmosphere of civility in which the free exchange of ideas and opinions can flourish. We do so by learning from individual and collective differences and by respecting every human being.