report 2019

President Dennis Assanis

By any measure, this is an extraordinary university.

By any measure, this is an extraordinary university.

Inspiration and impact

The University of Delaware is a top-tier research institution, the flagship of the First State, an economic engine for the mid-Atlantic region and, most importantly, the educational home of more than 24,000 students from around the world. In the more than 275 years since our beginnings in 1743, our achievements in science, art, technology, culture and more have indeed changed the world. By any measure, this is an extraordinary university.

Indeed, this is an extraordinary moment of purpose for all universities. Every day, our students and alumni navigate a fast-changing global marketplace that continually demands fresh ideas and new skills. Our society faces complex problems that require interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial solutions. Our universities must be accessible and affordable for all students, even as the demand for higher education grows and resources remain limited. With no time for complacency, we are called to constantly adapt and strive to meet the challenges of today and embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.

At the University of Delaware, we are mapping new territory and pushing ourselves farther. We are taking bold steps to meet the needs and aspirations of our people, extend our impact on the world and, ultimately, secure our future. Five priorities guide our essential work, all centered on ensuring the lifelong success of our students and fulfilling our vital missions of teaching, research and service.

The need is urgent for an ever-greater University of Delaware — one that is even more creative, curious, interdisciplinary and interconnected — with global reach to help shape our shared future. To realize this vision, we are accelerating the pace of our transformative impact and setting our sights on the University of Delaware’s next 275 years.

Dennis Assanis

The University of Delaware motto - Scientia sol mentis est, or Knowledge Is the Light of the Mind - guides our institutional priorities and our vision for the future.



A modern research university built for engagement and impact

$145.5 Million

Sponsored research
expenditures; among
top 3% nationwide 

$1.6 Billion

UD's endowment
and assets invested
with endowment 



University of Delaware programs ranked
in the top quartile nationwide: 

  • Physical Therapy (No. 1 in the US)

  • Nonprofit management

  • Chemical Engineering

  • School of Education

  • Public Affairs

  • Lerner College of Business and Economics

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Public Management and Leadership

  • Online MBA

  • College of Engineering

  • Public Finance and Budgeting

  • Online Master's of Education

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