University of Delaware Main Campus
Clayton Hall Conference Center
100 David Hollowell Drive
Newark, Delaware 19716
The University of Delaware's history extends back to its founding as a small private academy in 1743. Notable alumni include three signers of the Declaration of Independence, one signer of the U.S. Constitution, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and his wife Jill.
The university received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, UD is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity—a designation given to less than three percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.
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June Averages: High 85°F | Low 61°F
Newark, Delaware, was settled and founded by Scots-Irish and Welsh in 1694. Home to the University of Delaware, higher education has played a significant role in the history of Newark since 1743.
Today, Newark boasts a population of just over 32,000, while the University of Delaware enrolls approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduates each year. Newark has retained its college town charm and shows an industrial and commercial diversity. The city is located 12 miles southwest of Wilmington, Delaware, and halfway between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland.
The city has become a dining and shopping destination, with a mix of historic taverns, college bars, coffee shops and trendy restaurants that attract both students and locals. Newark's Main Street was honored with the 2011 Great American Main Street Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.