“The word "community" gets thrown around here quiteAverageSociology
The word "community" gets thrown around here quite a bit. For the most part, students seem to embrace this term as fitting of the UD atmosphere. The average UD student will tell you that he or she is very happy here and could not picture themselves anywhere else. However, I believe that this security is due to the fact that most students here are very similar on a few levels. Firstly, most students here are from Ohio or other midwestern states. Being from the East Coast, I found what may be typical midwestern close-mindedness on LGBTQ issues, racial issues, and women's issues alarming right away. Additionally, the student body is overwhelmingly Catholic (not surprising as this is a Catholic university). I made the mistake of thinking that it would be easy to fit in as an atheist. I was told by an interviewer, student tour guides, etc. that fitting in would be no problem whatsoever, but I've found that many people here do judge a person based on their lack of religion. Many times, fellow students have brought up homophobic arguments in class. One student even used a slur while speaking to the class. These students often assert that if one does not agree with everything the Catholic Church preaches, one should not attend this university.Although the close-mindedness of the general population has been difficult tot deal with, I have met some great people here. However, if I were to go back in time, I would not have gone to this school. I would like to advise atheists and liberal students to really think hard before coming here. Spending a night with a student--NOT the university's official overnight event--would be a helpful way to get a sense of the real "community" here and whether or not you think you can handle it.
UD is great. Honestly every single person is unbelievably friendly and welcoming! I came here knowing nobody, and literally within the first day I made about 20 new friends. This isn't a football school, but we do take basketball quite seriously, you might know us from making the Elite Eight in March Madness last year. The academics here are great and you can tell the professors actually care about the students. Career fairs here are packed with hundreds of business for everyone of every major. The campus is nice, and very safe. I've never personally heard of anybody in danger since being here. The cops are extremely cool with the students, and NEVER try to get them in trouble. As far as the social scene goes... It's awesome! There's more clubs here than you can possibly imagine, and everyone joins! Even though there isn't much around the area of the school, you definitely will not be bored. Pretty much every weekend the whole school goes out to the "ghetto", which is really just housing for the seniors. Everyone parties together and the upperclassmen welcome everyone in open arms. The parties are fun, but not super crazy. Some people drink, some don't. Nobody is pressured to drink and you can DEFINITELY have an amazing time even if your sober, I would know cause I personally don't drink that much. This school is really unlike any other. Community is the cliche word around here, but it's true. People are like a family here, not just ignorant a-holes looking to get f*cked up and goof off. And since we are religious here, the line "party Saturday, church Sunday" cannot be any more true. I really recommend this school to anyone who wants to be surrounded with good kids, good teachers, and good academics