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| Coming to this school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is a fantastic university for those students who want the perfect balance between a challenging academic curriculum and an active social life.|
That being said, don't think that this school is going to be four years of partying - the school hates the reputation that it has as a party school and has cracked down so hard on the social atmosphere that finding a party that won't be broken up by the Newark police is as difficult as passing one of the notorious business school accounting exams. Be prepared to face a demanding curriculum, particularly if you are a business, engineering, or biology student.
The workload can be tough. If you are looking for a school that will provide a gentle transition from high school to college level curriculum, look somewhere else. They expect you to be able to handle heavy course loads literally from day one, so don't think you can ease your way into your classes. The professors have no tolerance for students who are unable to jump right in, and expect challenging projects, test, papers that are due by the third week of school.
The quality of the dorms is lacking, and the food is marginal at best. Most students move off campus after freshman year, and there is no lack of places to rent.
The campus is awesome. It has an entirely New England feel to it, and the buildings and grounds are absolutely pristine. The city of Newark, however, leaves alot to be desired. Get outside of the campus, and there isnt much to do outside of getting harrassed by townies. The good news is that Wilmington is only a half an hour away and can be very fun, and Philly is only an hour, as is Baltimore. If you plan on leaving campus, I would head to one of these places.
If you are not from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or Delaware, the students can be a little intimidating. Expect to see lots of polo shirts and hair gel, and lots of Audis and BMWs on campus, as most of the students seem to appear to come from upper class roots. There are plenty of social opportunities for everyone, but if you fit the above description, you will have a better shot of fitting in. It definitely doesnt seem to be the most diverse college in the country.
The professors are generally excellent when it comes to expertise in their subject matter. However, for every professor you find who is accessible and open to student interaction, there is a professor who seems to disdain actually having to talk to students outside of class. Be prepared to deal with some stand-offish professors who seem to be struggling with the fact that they feel as though they should be teaching at UPENN. The good news is that I can only remember a few low level classes that were taught by a TA.
The administration is pretty good. I have no stories to tell of classes getting dropped or the finance department screwing up billing or anything like that. Just make sure to think carefully about what you sign up for in between semesters and make sure to talk to your guidance councellors.
The bottom line is that this school has gotten to be a pretty tough school academically over the last ten years, and it has been burning up the rankings because of this. UD grads are considered attractive commodities on the east coast, where I reside, and I even find that people in the Midwest are aware of the reputation of the school, especially when it comes to business and engineering. Be prepared to put in an effort socially and educationally, and you will be well rewarded in the future with the friends that you make and the career that you enjoy.Go Hens!
| Starting Job: financial advisor, Preparedness: B, Reputation: B+ |
|Mar 21 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| First of all, the campus is NOT the safest, but it is definitely not UNSAFE. Admittedly, there have been a couple of stabbings/shootings within the past few months. However, these are not students--they're townies. Also, these have mostly been drug related, which happens anywhere. Furthermore, although they have been right around the campus, they haven't been in students' houses or anything like that.|
People are writing not to call Public Safety for a ride after a party or they will bust you -- ABSOLUTELY FALSE. First of all, the people driving are always students -- they don't care if you're drunk. I've taken several Public Safety rides in which I spoke with the students about my night and what I did. What Public Safety DOES DO, is that after around 4 or 5 am if you call for a ride, they send a cop to pick you up. I've been in the car, absolutely tanked, with these cops before. THEY ALSO DO NOT CARE IF YOU'RE DRUNK. Unless you act like a complete moron or throw up in their car, they couldn't care less what you're doing.
There is PLENTY to do around campus... I can't imagine what the campus is missing. Although UD is not a small school student-wise, the campus still feels very comfortable and it's rare that you will ever have to walk far to a class or to Main Street, which has anything you need.
Academics are very good -- most professors are extremely helpful and intelligent. I am currently in my 6th semester and I can only name 2 professors I have taken that I did not like. Although the school does not give a heavy workload, the grading is tough, so unless you are in an easy major, you WILL be challenged.
If you are looking for a party school, THIS IS IT. There's PLENTY to do on the weekends. There are bars all along main street, and several house parties. I saw someone write a review on here saying that the house parties aren't fun since everyone is always afraid of having cops come. That is 100% false. I go to several parties every weekend and in my third year here, have never been to a party that has gotten broken up by cops. Now I will admit, if you are not a drinker or you are not the type to go out to bars or house parties, this is probably not the school for you. Students here do work hard, but they party hard also. This is something I've seen criticized in these reviews, and I don't see why it would be. Throughout the years, UD has had a reputation as a big party school, so please do not go here if you don't like the party aspect of it, and then complain that all people do is party on the weekends. I understand that many people aren't into that scene, which is fine, but then this is not the school for you.
Although I love UD dearly, I will admit that something they must improve on is parking on campus. You must pay WHEREVER you park and tickets are given out like crazy. I will admit though, that these tickets are relatively cheap than tickets you'd get in other areas--usually about $10-$20.
One other aspect of the school that can be improved is the registrar department. Although registration can be frustrating no matter what college you go to, with UD's registration, it's almost impossible to get the classes and schedule you'd like. The advisors though--at least the ones in the business department that I've had--are extremely helpful and can usually help to get you into classes you have a problem getting into.Altogether, UD is a great school. Sure, it has its problems here and there, but it makes for a GREAT college experience. I'm very happy with my decision to attend UD.
|Feb 05 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| The administration here is a joke. From the billing and financial aid departments to the admissions and continuing education departments, my spouse and I have received nothing but challenges from inept and complacent employees. They don't care about their jobs or their customers (the students). Each semester produces a new debacle that needs to be worked through. I had to fight to get accepted because I was told my application was submitted for the wrong semester. They said I had applied online for the Spring of 08 in Mar of 08. Applying for Spring wasn't an option on their website as the semester was half way over. I had paperwork printed out with details assuring me I was right. I was quickly then told I was excepted and never offered an apology or explanation. This has set the trend that has only continued! A dean attacked my wife verbally about a misunderstanding. And when the dean realized she was in the wrong, she then dropped to the level of a petty child and told my wife apropos of nothing, she was parked in the wrong parking lot and would probably get a ticket. The attitudes at this college are a disgrace and people have forgotten the students are the University's reason for existence. We both hold degrees from other schools, she has since left UD for another school. I continue only because of its where I live and I'm almost done. I've become so annoyed by my constant struggle that I have long since dismissed attending here for Grad School as well. |
|Jan 23 2009|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2010 |