Collage of photographs of UD students and faculty.

First and Forward

On October 7, 2021, the University boldly extended Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware with an ambitious goal to raise $1 billion—seizing the opportunity for generosity to further fuel growth, innovation and discovery—for our campus, our students and our world!


Bolstered by an unwavering foundation of generosity and loyal support, together we will transform the lives of those who will transform the world.

A student claps during UD commencement.

Redefining Student Success


From health and wellbeing and interdisciplinary academics to professional development and a central hub for student programs, a multi-faceted approach to the student experience is crucial.

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Inventing Tomorrow


UD is already revolutionizing problem-solving by leveraging expertise across disciplines, innovating with industry partners and creating unique collaborative experiences.

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Students work in a lab at the University of Delaware.


Student scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty support, transformational programs, improved facilities, enhanced athletics and cutting-edge research will create extraordinary student experiences while expanding UD’s impact on the world.

A scene from the University of Delaware campus in the fall with autumnal leaves and students walking down a brick walkway.
A photograph of the new staircase in the new Whitney Athletic Center.
President and alumnus, Joseph R. Biden sits at the head of table and speaks with college students.
A woman wearing a white lab coat stands in front a machine in the NIIMBLE lab.
A young man writes on a transparent white board.
Men and women wearing UD spirit gear pose with YoUDee around a cutout of the Blue Hen mascot.
Two students wearing masks walk up the steps of a UD campus building.
Close up photograph of the UD emblem on the gate on campus with the American flag in the background.

Because of You: The Impact of the Delaware First Campaign:

Because of You: The Impact of the Delaware First Campaign


The generosity of Delaware First donors has fueled innovation, powered dreams and enabled discoveries. This video highlights just some of the Blue Hens who have been impacted by support.

President Dennis Assanis.

“This is our time to work collectively to deliver on game-changing ideas and make a difference in our world. I invite you to put Delaware First. In your heart and mind. In your words and actions. And in your philanthropic choices of how to make an impact.”





as of 5/1/2023

Delaware First: The Campaign for the Future of Delaware.