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UD has a very good marketing department.Quite BrightElectrical Engineering
UD has a very good marketing department. The campus is very nice and the "climate" is friendly. Do not be fooled. Everything at UD is designed to get you to part with your money. If you are not an international student, be prepared to be marginalized since you don't come with government backed full tuition attached. I personally saw a student given an individual class - literally a class of one so that they could pass before going back to the Middle East. The engineering labs are a joke and such a waste of time that the professors don't even bother to stay more than 15 minutes. The Makerspace is some remedial shop class that is part of the ?hands on? learning that nobody uses unless a class requires it. I?ve also been told that the students that go to UD are academically weak which is why the university focuses on community rather than academic rigor. I was also an employee of UD but got my first undergraduate degree from a better school and I can definitely tell the difference. UD is very good at making you feel good but not so great at imparting academic knowledge.
1st Year Male -- Class 1923
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: F
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Before anyone thinks anything about me being spoiled,Quite BrightComputer Science
Before anyone thinks anything about me being spoiled, I got into UD on scholarships and worked my ass off to get here. There's absolutely no way I could afford the tuition otherwise.

Honestly, it's so hard to point out concretely what's good and what's bad here because there's both good and bad in everything. Either way, because there are so many bad parts, it outweighs the good, ultimately leading to my decision to leave UD. I?ve been at the university for about a year, and I?m currently in my sophomore year. I?ll be transferring elsewhere for my junior and senior year.

First off, about half of the professors here are great, the other half absolutely terrible. It's really a hit or miss. I?ve either absolutely loved some of my professors, and hated others. There's a very small middle ground of ?just okay? professors. I?d much rather prefer more great and middle ground professors over old guys that have seniority, suck at teaching, and can stay just because they've been at the university for so long.

As another comment has said on here, a lot of the people are focused on "community" but the community is indeed rather superficial. The people here are so focused on 'community' that they fail to see when people are doing more harm than good, and deal with toxicity. For example, I was talking to the assistant dean of the college of arts and sciences on one occasion about a bad grade, and I mentioned to her that I didn't do all that well because the professor was self absorbed and told the class on the first day "I'm too educated to be teaching this course." He was not approachable at all, he only did proofs on the board that didn't explain how to do the math problem, and his tests/quizzes had unexpected problems we had never seen. When I told the assistant dean that he didn't seem very willing to help, she absolutely blew up and lectured me and said that "faculty are a part of the community too" and even said to me ?How would you feel if someone told you things that you just told me?? as if she was my mom, and we had only met for the first time. She's so concerned about the community aspect and that professor's "feelings" that she fails to see that a professor like that is toxic to a group of incoming freshmen.

As for the computer science program at UD? It sucks. It?s small. For some reason it's in the college of arts and sciences, when it's much more related to engineering and belonging to the school of engineering. They don't seem to value computer science as much as their traditional engineering programs. For the environment, it's not at all encouraging of innovation. You're in the stereotypical ?programmers belong in basements? environment. Labs in my CS courses have literally been in a basement on the ground floor so far. Also, because the program is so small, you're bound to get the same professor for at least two or more classes, and the professors aren't all that great; mediocre at best. The professors are also middle-aged or old people that have been outside of the industry for such a long time that their programming practices/habits are bad, and they don't teach what's best as an actual developer. Go somewhere else if you want to do anything related to software engineering or computer science.If you're into a community that tolerates toxicity, go here. Otherwise, I?d absolutely choose a different school every time I could. My advice if you don't like the university after the first year? Go somewhere else.

1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: F
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I have had a positive experience career wise.Sociology
I have had a positive experience career wise. My personal reason for filling out this survey was to expose the bullshit double standards that UD supports is that literally, "he's a guy, he should be able to take care of himself" I was told this, by a UD police officer, one night, as I called to try to find a safe ride for an intoxicated gentleman. I was told that he would only be granted a safe ride home, if he were to adheer to a public intoxication charge "because he's not a girl or anything.". This officer, who is there to protect students, ALL studebts, denied this person his right to a safe ride home. Men, as well as women, get robbed, assulted, raped and murdered. Way to discriminate, UD police. Please, spend $30G to send your daughter to school and know that she is 110% protected. But hey, if your child has a penis or identifies as a male, your kid is on their own. So, good luck with that. Fantastic job UD.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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