The University of Delaware has blossomed since its origins in 1743 as a small, private academy, becoming an institute of higher learning by 1833 and today standing as a 2300+ acre bastion of education. Operating out of Newark, Delaware, UDel is special not just for being one of the oldest schools in the nation and for having three signers of the Declaration of Independence in its initial student body, but also for its years of recognized academics.
A land, space, and sea grant research institute, as well as one of the most renowned universities in the country, its academic programs include 4 Associate degree programs, another 137 different Bachelor tracts, 117 Master’s, and a staggering 50 doctoral degrees, as well as 12 dual graduate programs, certificates, and specialist degrees. 17,000 undergrads, 3700 graduates, and almost 1000 professional/continuing education students attend UDel, including many international students (UD was the first college to offer study abroad programs).
Majors at UD trend towards engineering, education, and business, with chemical engineering, biochemistry, and chemistry programs designed with the chemical/pharmaceutical facilities and industries in Delaware in mind. The 8 schools on campus are joined by world-class research facilities (ranked in the “top 100…in federal R&D support for science and engineering”), hands on academic opportunities, and proximity to both DC and NYC.
For distance learning, “UD Online=UD”, with online offerings through Sakai that give online students “exactly the same version of a course as the in-class students…[and]the same information as the inon-campus students” through the use of virtual, interactive classes, streaming audio and video, interactive web activities, and threaded discussions. To take a course online you don’t even have to be “formally admitted”, but can simply register for classes and pay for what you take, or, as a traditional student, simply add a flexible class option, allowing you to learn on your own time.
Online undergrad and graduate degrees are offered through UD’s Continuing Education department, including Nursing degrees at both levels with an RN to BSN for distance learners and an RN to MSN, as well as hybrid and online MSN tracts with options for specialization in Health Services Administration, Nursing of Children (Clinical Nurse Specialist degree), and Adult Health (also a CNS). There are also two additional online graduate degrees for Engineering students, a Master of Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering, and an Associate of Arts degree that is great jumping off point for college students who haven’t decided on a full Bachelor degree.
For those already working, there are several online certifications (in addition to the bevy of on campus certificates, both professional and academic) including a graduate certificate in Composite Materials, another professional certification in Business Essentials, and even an oddity or two, like the Socially Responsible Apparel Business Graduate Certificate program. UD Online offers an RN refresher for those looking to re-enter the field and the MyBrand program, an online career evaluation and education site, helps students analyze their strengths, learn professional skills vital in today’s workplace, and find work in hundreds of career fields through their computer. This is all in addition to library, registration, and advisement that most online programs offer, as well as night and weekend traditional learning options at the main campus, as well as satellites in Dover, Georgetown, Milford, and Lewes.
A jewel of the both the Delaware education and research community, the University of Delaware offers both online and traditional educational excellence, utilizing years of experience teaching and helping students grow to become active contributors to the world around them.