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 former 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.
Dennis Assanis became the 28th president of the University of Delaware on June 6, 2016. Formerly provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Stony Brook University in New York, he was elected by a unanimous vote of UD's Board of Trustees in November 2015.
Dr. Assanis is a distinguished educator with a wide range of academic leadership experience and a worldwide reputation as a scholar and expert in both fundamental and applied studies of internal combustion engines and energy systems. Before joining Stony Brook University, he had a distinguished career at the University of Michigan for 17 years.
With an exceptional research record, he has been at the leading edge in the field of internal combustion engines, fuels and energy for more than 25 years. He was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineers in 2008 for his scientific contributions to improving fuel economy and reducing emissions of internal combustion engines, and for promoting automotive engineering education. He holds five patents and has directed more than $100 million in research grants and contracts.
He holds an honors bachelor of science degree with distinction in marine engineering from Newcastle University in England and four degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: a master of science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and a master of science in mechanical engineering, a master of science in management from the Sloan School of Management and a doctorate in power and propulsion.
One of the oldest universities in the U.S., the University of Delaware traces its roots to 1743 when a petition by the Presbytery of Lewes expressing the need for an educated clergy led the Rev. Dr. Francis Alison to open a school in New London, Pennsylvania.
Alison's first class was "possibly the most distinguished in terms of the later achievements of its members, taken as a whole, of any class in any school in America," wrote historian John Munroe.
Those first students would go on to become statesmen, doctors, merchants and scholars. Thomas McKean, George Read and James Smith signed the Declaration of Independence, and Read also signed the U.S. Constitution.
By 1765, Alison's school relocated to Newark. NewArk College opened as a degree-granting institution in 1834 and was renamed Delaware College in 1843. In 1867, the college was designated one of the nation's historic Land Grant colleges.
A women's college opened in 1914 with 58 students, and in 1921, the two colleges joined to become the University of Delaware.
Since 1950, UD has quadrupled its enrollment and greatly expanded its faculty and academics and its influence in the world.
In 2009, the University purchased a 272-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Newark campus that previously had been a Chrysler Plant. That site, now the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus, is home to the University's Health Sciences Complex and is being developed as a space combining business, research, education and more.
Applying as a First-Year Student?
At UD, you are more than a student. You're a researcher, explorer and inventor. Whichever one of our 150+ majors you chose, you will find our University is designed for collaboration. Our faculty are committed to connecting with you.
From the moment you visit our beautiful campus for the first time, you'll feel like you belong here. Our First Year Experience will prepare you for college and help you feel part of the University of Delaware community from the beginning.
Learn in a Deeper Way
The University of Delaware Honors Program allows talented and motivated students like you to take advantage of the opportunities of a large research university while giving you personalized attention. Your experience will be focused around three key pillars: challenge, enrichment and community. Being in the UD Honors Program means:
- Rigorous coursework
- Small classes (more opportunities for faculty connections and research)
- Unique enrichment opportunities likes Honors Study Abroad and private music study
- Funding for outside-the-classroom activities
- Special living community with peer mentors