Jun 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life, Campus Activities, and Dining

Student Life

The Division of Student Life helps Blue Hens build their sense of belonging and home at the University of Delaware as they develop personally, educationally, and professionally. From your New Student Orientation program to Career Services Center counseling and countless experiences in between, Student Life is here to help you make the most of your UD experience.

302-831-8939, udel.edu/studentlife

Office of the Dean of Students (ODS):

Your advocate for the student experience at UD

While at UD, you may encounter a question or situation where assistance would be helpful. The Office of the Dean of Students is here to empower you and help you find solutions. Staff are available to meet one-on-one to help you address questions and concerns, develop a plan for moving forward, advocate for your best interests, and/or connect you to UD’s experts in your area of need. ODS also offers services and support related to medical, emotional, psychological, familial and/or financial difficulties.

As the primary champions of your experience and advocates for your voice, ODS staff want to hear from you and look forward to connecting with you on campus.

101 Hullihen Hall, 302-831-8939, udel.edu/studentlife/ods

Military and Veteran Services

Staff and faculty at the University are committed to helping student veterans and military service members in their transition from military to college life. The Office of the Dean of Students stands ready to support these students in navigating and succeeding in the University environment, and answering any questions students may have about using VA educational benefits. ODS’ Student Veteran Services Coordinator can be reached at 302-831-0552 or via email to vabenefits@udel.edu.

Center for Black Culture (CBC)

The Center for Black Culture develops and implements a full range of programs and services that expand educational opportunities for all UD students and advocates for the needs and interests of Black and other underrepresented students. Commonly referred to as a “home away from home”, the CBC provides a supportive environment that strengthens a sense of belonging and encourages identity and leadership development. Through cultural programming, student group advisement, professional development initiatives and the Each One Reach One Mentoring Program, the CBC assists students in their transition to University life and shares resources to enhance success.

192 South College Avenue, 302-831-2991, https://sites.udel.edu/cbc/

Center for Counseling & Student Development (CCSD)

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is located above West Lounge in Perkins Student Center. CCSD is here to support you through empowerment, advocacy, encouraging growth and change, building resilience, and fostering connection and engagement. Services are covered by the Student Wellbeing Fee that all full-time students pay. CCSD psychologists, psychiatrists and doctoral-level trainees are prepared to help you develop realistic goals and work toward the resolution of personal concerns.

CCSD places strong emphasis on providing services and programs for students confronting typical development issues and tasks, as well as counseling for students whose emotional or psychological concerns are interfering with their ability to be successful in personal, educational, or professional pursuits. For more information including their confidentiality policy, visit the CCSD website.

261 Perkins Student Center, 302-831-2141, udel.edu/studentlife/ccsd

UD Helpline 24/7/365 - Feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed? Call the UD Helpline at 302-831-1001 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to connect with a mental health professional. Callers can press 1 to request a call back from a Sexual Offense Support (SOS) victim advocate  or press 2 to connect with a counselor.

Crisis Text Line - Anonymous mental health support is available via text message to the phone number 741741. Send UDTEXT to connect with a counselor, or STEVE to connect with a counselor who specializes in serving students of color.

Disability Support Services

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University of Delaware is committed to providing equal access for students, employees and visitors with a disability. The full Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action can be found here.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and services to incoming and current UD students with disabilities, psychological or medical conditions, or temporary injuries that limit their access to the UD environment.

Some examples of the academic accommodations and services DSS provides are testing accommodations (e.g. reduced distraction testing environment, extended time, etc.), alternative print media, and assistive technology.

In order to receive accommodations, students must register with the DSS office and submit documentation verifying the presence of a disability or chronic medical condition. All students will meet with an Accommodation Coordinator to determine what accommodations will be most helpful for them. Documentation establishes the individual as a person with specific functional limitations and provides a rationale for reasonable accommodations.

Fraternity and Sorority Leadership & Learning (FSLL)

Fraternity and Sorority Leadership and Learning (FSLL) serves as the center for advising and educating members of the University of Delaware fraternity and sorority community. The community makes up 27% of the undergraduate population and includes 50 chapters in four governing councils; the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Congress, the Panhellenic Council, and the Special Interest Greek Council.  The fraternity and sorority community play a powerful role in individual member development and the larger campus culture. 
FSLL staff support fraternities and sororities as they advance their purpose and impact members’ ability to reach their full potential through leadership development, student advocacy, cultivation of partnerships and promotion of health and safety.

210 Perkins Student Center, 302-831-6167, udel.edu/studentlife/fsll

Office of Student Conduct (OSC)

The Office of Student Conduct upholds the Student Code of Conduct by providing programs and services that manage campus behavior expectations; educating students about community stewardship; fostering students’ intellectual, ethical and cultural development; and intervening effectively when individual or group behavior violates the Code of Conduct.

OSC goals include:

  • Promoting a campus environment that supports UD’s educational mission
  • Protecting the campus community from disruption and harm
  • Encouraging appropriate standards for individual and group behavior
  • Fostering ethical standards and engaged citizens

All UD students are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by the Code of Conduct, found on the Student Guide website:


Alcohol and Drug Amnesty - OSC offers amnesty from related conduct sanctions for students who seek help following consumption of drugs or alcohol. Students who perceive a safety risk to themselves or others are encouraged to call 911 as soon as possible to avoid alcohol poisoning, overdose and other emergencies. Relevant scenarios include feeling unsafe due to someone’s behavior as a result of alcohol or drug consumption, feeling ill as a result of personally consuming alcohol or drugs, or encountering a fellow student who is incoherent or unconscious. Amnesty is also granted to students who may have been in violation of UD’s alcohol or drug policies when they became a victim of sexual misconduct. For more information, visit the Amnesty website:



Appellate Board - Each year, OSC seeks students interested in building critical thinking skills and gaining leadership experience through participation in the Student Appellate Board, the final reviewing body for student conduct matters at UD. For more information and to apply, visit the OSC website.

218 Hullihen Hall, 302-831-2117, udel.edu/studentlife/osc

Orientation & Transition Programs (OTP)

Through comprehensive orientation programs such as New Student Orientation, Summit, and 1743 Welcome Days, Orientation and Transition Programs seeks to ease the transition of new students and their families to UD and helps you set the foundation for a successful college experience as a Fightin’ Blue Hen.

Each year, OTP seeks energetic students to serve as Orientation Leaders who will help welcome the newest class of Blue Hens over the summer. Visit their website in the fall for more information on this amazing leadership opportunity.

231 Trabant University Center, 302-831-3313, udel.edu/studentlife/otp

Residence Life & Housing (RLH)

Residence halls at UD are diverse, inclusive communities of over 7,500 first-year, transfer, upper division and international students. Living at UD is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an integral part of your college experience.

As an on-campus student, you become part of a close-knit community forging unforgettable connections. Numerous studies have shown that students living in the residence halls earn higher GPAs, are more active on campus, and attain stronger leadership experiences.

Living on campus provides you much more than just a place to store things, study, and sleep - it’s a community awaiting your contributions. From day one, you can immediately get involved in your residence hall:

  • Community Councils (CC) are groups of elected hall leaders who advocate for change, develop programs, and support their fellow residence hall members.
  • The Student Initiative Fund (SIF) provides money and guidance to assist individual residents to put on events for their floor or building. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to have a positive impact on your hall community.
  • Neighborhood Empowerment Teams (NET) exist on every first-year floor. In partnership with your RA, you can plan fun floor meetings and events such as birthday celebrations, community service events, resident recognition and more. Community service opportunities exist through RLH’s weekly service program that matches first-year buildings with a local agency or non-profit. Floor captains and committee chairs are selected in late September.
  • The RA Internship and Leadership Exploration (RAILE) program is an optional leadership development program that gives you a peek into the life of a RA, all while gaining exposure to valuable leadership skills and campus opportunities that can be applied to your professional goals.
  • Two Engagement Centers-located in Christiana and Harrington Commons-are vibrant hubs of engagement activities designed for you! Explore and expand on what you’ve learned inside the classroom using their numerous study rooms, open conversation spaces and more.

UD residence halls exist in a variety of styles including traditional single and double rooms, suites, and apartments. Halls are co-ed by floor, wing, or by alternating room. RLH also offers one female-only hall and an All Gender option for both First-Year and Upper Division students. All Gender housing is not co-ed housing.

Residence Life and Housing is committed to building exciting and engaging environments in the residence halls. They’re here to support you with resources, activities, and programs that foster a sense of community and learning. There are abundant involvement and leadership opportunities, and RLH seeks every chance to partner with you to express your individual talents that enhance community life.

116 Gilbert Hall, 302-831-4663, udel.edu/studentlife/rlh

Student Diversity & Inclusion (SDI)

Student Diversity & Inclusion endeavors to enhance diversity and inclusion opportunities and engagement for students. We offer student internships, create and facilitate programs and trainings, and advocate for students around diversity, equity, and inclusion. SDI works with students by advising key affinity-based student groups, including HOLA, Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APSA), Lavender Programming Board (LPB), We’re First and UD’s Alternative Breaks (UDaB). SDI also supports three affinity-Based Leadership Councils (LGBTQ+ Leadership Council, Latinx Leadership Council, and Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi-American Leadership Council) and a Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board which helps bring students and student organizations together to cross-promote events, advocate for student populations, and build community.  

401 Academy Street, 302-831-2967, sites.udel.edu/studentlife/diversity

Student Health Services (SHS)

Student Health Services provides students with a full range of primary physical health care, urgent care, medical treatment, referral services and related health education. Most services are covered by the Student Wellbeing Fee that all full-time matriculated students pay. SHS is found in Laurel Hall, at the far end of the south Green near the intersection of South College Avenue and East Park Place.

SHS services include:

  • Immunizations
  • Women’s health clinic
  • Sports medicine clinic for NCAA athletes (located in the Bob Carpenter Center)
  • Pharmaceutical dispensary
  • Laboratory services and x-rays
  • Nutrition services
  • Travel health services

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call or visit SHS online.

Laurel Hall, 302-831-2226, udel.edu/studentlife/shs

Student Services for Athletes (SSA)

Student Services for Athletes is a comprehensive program of support services and life skills development. SSA assists NCAA student-athletes in making the best possible academic and personal adjustment to life at UD.

SSA staff work closely with coaches, faculty, and student services personnel to help student-athletes balance the demands of their academic responsibilities and participation in athletics. SSA assistance includes counseling, academic support, career development, teaching, and educational programming.

108G Delaware Field House, 302-831-2748, udel.edu/studentlife/ssa

Student Wellness & Health Promotion (SWHP)

Student Wellness and Health Promotion creates a foundation for lifelong wellbeing by providing Blue Hens with the wellness tools to make healthy choices. Students can visit SWHP for information on services and groups mentioned below, as well as snacks and wellness supplies such as free condoms (up to 5 per day) and lubricant. SWHP offers socials, Recovery Yoga, Koru Mindfulness workshops, Halloween Spooktacular, Shamrockfest and the Wellness Speaker Series, as well as a variety of specialized services.

SWHP sexual violence prevention and victim advocacy services include:

  • Courageous bystander skillbuilding and Bringing in the Bystander® workshops
  • Healthy sexuality, relationship and consent education
  • Advocacy, crisis counseling, and support groups for sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment
  • Sexual misconduct prevention education

SWHP substance use services include:

  • BASICS alcohol screening, feedback and education program
  • ScreenU anonymous online screening for immediate, personalized feedback about alcohol or drug use
  • Substance use assessment, supportive counseling and treatment referral
  • AlcoholEdu for College online education
  • Tobacco cessation assistance and counseling
  • Support for students in any stage of substance use recovery

Wellness centered student groups and leadership/internship opportunities include:

  • Promoters of Wellness (PoW) for students interested in becoming peer educators
  • Sexual Offense Support (SOS) for students interested in becoming an advocate or crisis hotline volunteer
  • Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) for students interested in joining a support-based, student-oriented organization that assists college students who have been impacted by substance dependence and/or are actively working to protect their sobriety

231 South College Avenue, 302-831-3457, udel.edu/studentlife/swhp

UD Career Center

The UD Career Center and the Lerner College of Business and Economics Career Services Center help students identify strengths, motivations and purpose, and translate their ambitions into opportunities through professional, educational and UD connections. Resources for designing a professional path and navigating the career development process include:

  • Connections to Internship and Job Opportunities - Over 7,000 employers recruit students for over 40,000 positions through on-campus interviews and the recruiting system, Handshake.
  • Employer Engagement - Career fairs, meetups, networking events, information sessions, tabling, and other programs provide students with hundreds of opportunities to connect with employers visiting UD’s Newark campus throughout the academic year.
  • UD Alumni & Parent Connections - The UD Career Acceleration Network (UD CAN), LinkedIn, on-campus networking sessions, class presentations, and discussions provide students with the opportunity to connect with alumni and parents who can offer career advice or help open doors to internships and jobs.
  • Career Counseling & Coaching - Career counselors provide one-on-one guidance to students exploring major and career paths, pursuing internships and job opportunities, and applying to graduate school.
  • Career Presentations - Career Center staff engage academic classes, first-year student seminars, student organizations, and other groups in discussion on relevant career exploration and preparation topics.
  • Online Resources - Vmock, Vault, CareerShift and Big Interview are a few of the many resources that provide UD students with 24/7 access to relevant career preparation tools and advice.

401 Academy Street, 302-831-2392, udel.edu/studentlife/udcc

University Student Centers (USC)

The University Student Centers are here to help you maximize your time outside of the classroom.  With two centers located at the north and south aread of the Green, you can meet new friends, join vibrant and diverse student organizations, develop leadership skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

With over 400 student organizations, a wide array of daily programming, and an array of study and lounge space, student centers are major hubs for campus activity at UD.  Some of the many USC offerings are highlighted below.

17 West Main Street and 325 Academy Street, 302-831-1036, http://udel.edu/studentlife/usc.

  • Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) - Student organizations are opportunities for you to discover something new, meet new friends, and learn more about yourself, the community and the world around you. These groups include the Student Centers Programming Advisory Board (SCPAB), 91.3 WVUD, the Student Government Association (SGA), UDance, Black Student Union (BSU), Harrington Theatre Arts Company (HTAC), and many more!
  • Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP) - BHLP is a multi-tiered student leadership development program.  Through a wide array of educational and experiential learning opportunities, participants develop strong leadership skills while developing marketable job traits by partnering with local nonprofits, as well as other organizations and departments on campus. To learn more, attend an Information Session offered Monday through Friday in Trabant 157A.  302-831-7622, udel.edu/bhlp.
  • Programming - Students can find a wide range of programming in the Centers. USC Celebrates has two monthly programs supporting national events such as Veterans Day. The popular  Perkins Live (Friday) and Trabant Now (Saturday), are late night programs featuring performers and social activities. Past events include Hot Chocolate Festival, 1743 Silent Disco, comic Pete Davidson, and weekly Quizzo trivia tournaments. 
  • Recreation - The Hen Zone game room has become a popular destination for University of Delaware students. Located on the lower level of Perkins Student Center, The Hen Zone offers billiards, table tennis, bubble hockey, foosball, board games, video games, and more.
  • StUDent Central - While there are many things going on inside the University Student Centers, it’s very easy to keep up with everything.  You can learn about all of the events and organizations (and even join many of these groups) that USC has to offer by utilizing StUDent Central. You can even keep track of everything that you’ve been a part of with the Involvement Transcript feature. In addition to StUDent Central, you can stay informed with any of the following links:





Campus Activities

Student Government Represents You

The Student Government Association (SGA), a registered student organization advised and overseen by the University Student Centers, is the student governing body of which all full-time matriculated undergraduate students are considered members. This organization assumes the responsibility of self-government, as delegated by the University faculty and administration. Its overall charge is to identify the needs of students and bring them to the attention of the administration, faculty, and City of Newark government officials. SGA interprets University policy to the student body and represents the approximately 350 Registered Student Organizations to the University administration.

SGA consists of executive officers elected through a campus-wide vote. Committee chairs and members provide leadership for a variety of administrative and academic responsibilities. In addition, SGA appoints student representatives to University faculty and Board of Trustees committees.

For more information, call (302) 831-2648 or visit the SGA website.

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is the organization that represents all graduate students at UD. The purpose of the SGA is to create a forum for graduate student advocacy while acting as a conduit between students, faculty, and administration and to support campus-wide activities facilitating the graduate student professionalism and collegiality. The GSG also seeks to influence the course of the University in the following ways:

  • Through representation on University committees
  • By expressing views of the graduate student body to the administration
  • By issuing statements of our position to the media and administration

An elected Senator represents each graduate academic program in the GSG Senate, and all graduate students are encouraged to participate in GSG monthly meetings and committee work. A group of officers, elected by the Senate, and the chairs for the various committees provide leadership for the organization.

The Graduate Student Government is not part of University Student Centers. For more information about GSG, please visit the GSG website.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Recognition is given to the importance of Religious and Spiritual Life as a valued ethical and moral influence in the development of the individual. Students are encouraged to contact the religious registered student organization of their choice and attend religious services of their preference. Most religious traditions are represented in the Newark area or in nearby Wilmington.

There are a variety of registered student organizations on campus with religious and spiritual affiliation including: Baptist Student  Ministry, Blue Hens for Christ (Church of Christ), Catholic Campus Ministry, Chabad House at UD, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Kesher, Koach, Hillel Student Life, Lutheran Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Warriors for Christ Campus Ministries, Wesley Foundation (United Methodist Campus Ministry), Nurses Christian Fellowship, Chi Alpha, Lumos Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Reformed University Fellowship, Reformed University Fellowship-International Friendships, Athletes’ Intervarsity, and Better Together.

For more information on religious registered student organizations, visit the Registered Student Organizations Directory found online at StUDentCentral.

A Vibrant Cultural and Intellectual Community

The Departments of Art, Music, and Theatre, along with the University Student Centers, the Institute for Global Studies, the Student Center Program Advisory Board, the Cultural Programs Advisory Board, the Library, Museums and Press, and the Performing Arts Series offer a variety of concerts, films, theatre productions, and art exhibitions at the University. The Center for International Studies and the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events also bring many outstanding music, dance, opera, and theatre programs to the campus. For those wanting to take advantage of the campus proximity to New York, Philadelphia, and other cultural centers, bus tours are offered to the Philadelphia Orchestra series at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and other select museum exhibits and theatre productions.

In addition to the arts, the intellectual life of the University community is enriched through academic lectures, programs, class presentations, and special events coordinated by various academic departments. Beyond specific disciplines, units and programs contributing to the breadth and diversity of campus calendar offerings at UD include the following:

  • The Office of International Students and Scholars contributes to the internationalization of the University by offering programming opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and global engagement on campus and in the community. Programs include the weekly coffee hour, international film series, essay contests, and various field trips organized throughout the year.
  • The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) works to ensure that all members of its community, irrespective of their differences, are understood, respected and valued.  OEI develops, promotes, and assesses an equitable, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment.  OEI is responsible for: 
    • Managing the non-discrimination policy and compliance to include sexual misconduct/Title IX;
    • Monitoring affirmative action compliance;
    • Managing the protection for minors on campus policies;
    • Supporting university diversity initiatives; and
    • Providing on-going multicultural education and awareness for the campus community.
    • The office is located in 305 Hullihen Hall; to learn more about this office, visit their website at http://sites.udel.edu/oei/

  • The Winterthur Program in Early American Culture offers programming with an “emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of ideas, objects, and contexts using the extraordinary collections of the Winterthur Museum, and field-based study of landscapes, buildings, decorative arts, and design.”

For details on particular programs or events, please contact the relevant department. You may also view the campus program and events calendar @UD and visit UDaily for up-to-date information on what’s happening around campus.

Musical Opportunities for All Students

Each year the Department of Music sponsors a full season of recitals and concerts by faculty, guest artists, and student performers. The campus community is invited to attend all performances; many are free, although an admission fee is charged for some concerts. Information about performance schedules can be obtained by calling (302) 831-2577, or online at https://www.music.udel.edu/events/calendar.

Private study (vocal and instrumental) with a Music Department faculty member is available to full-time undergraduate University students on a space available basis. Non-music majors who pass an audition at the start of the semester may be accepted for private study either as music minors (two credits per semester) or through the Music Merit Award Program (one credit per semester). Freshman honors students who pass the audition are also eligible for private study (one credit per semester). All students taking private study are required to participate in a departmentally-approved ensemble.

Students interested in performing in a musical ensemble may participate in the Choral Union, Chorale, Collegium Musicum, Opera Workshop, University Singers, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra/University Strings, Delaware Steel, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Students need not be music majors, although an audition is necessary for most ensembles. For information on joining a group, call the Department of Music at (302) 831-2577.

The faculty of the Department of Music participate in a number of ensembles including the Del”Arte Wind Quintet, the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and the Taggart-Grycky Flute and Guitar Duo. Faculty ensembles and soloists perform regularly on campus and may be available for lecture-demonstrations, master classes, or performances. For scheduling information, call (302) 831-2577.

Tour and Explore Free Campus Museums

In addition to renowned museums in nearby Philadelphia and Baltimore, students can engage with world-class material in four gallery spaces on the Newark campus. Whether it’s a casual or academic visit, students can explore new exhibitions and related programming each semester that are free of charge and open to all.

In the 2019/2020 academic year, Old College Gallery will feature items from Special Collections and Museums in their exhibition: Beat Visions and the Counterculture. Mechanical Hall Gallery will feature the art of Elizabeth Catlett, and the Special Collections Gallery in Morris Library will spotlight bookmaking.

The Mineralogical Museum, located in Penny Hall, displays approximately 350 specimens year-round, as well as rotating exhibitions. Minerals on view include those from the collection of Irénée du Pont, which du Pont originated in the 1920s and gifted to the University in 1964, providing the foundation for further growth. Today, the collection contains approximately 3,000 specimens and is divided into a display collection and a reference collection.

For information, visit library.udel.edu/special/.

The Ink and Airwaves of Student Communications

The student media of the University of Delaware are The Review student newspaper and the “Voice of the University of Delaware,” WVUD, 91.3 FM radio, which are professionally advised by the University Student Centers and operated by UD students.

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Blue Hens Winning Spirit

The University of Delaware’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services serves as the cornerstone of school spirit for the Blue Hens community and provides a variety of programs while educating students to be responsible, contributing citizens. This is accomplished by providing participation opportunities in fitness, club sports, intramurals and overall wellness programs while fielding championship-seeking intercollegiate athletics teams.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Program includes 21 varsity sports, 8 for men and 13 for women. All programs compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). The football program competes in the Division I Football Championship Sub-division.

Admission to regular season home sporting events, including football and basketball, is free for full-time undergraduate students.  The Cockpit is the official student fan group of UD Athletics and all things Blue Hens!  Membership to the Cockpit is free and students are encouraged to follow the Cockpit on social media for updates on special promotions, events and giveaways.  Complimentary transportation is also provided from various areas on campus to the Athletics Complex.    For more information, visit www.bluehens.com.

The University’s athletics facilities include the 22,000-seat Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium (football, men’s & women’s lacrosse); the Bob Carpenter Center, which is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose building and practice facility that is home to the Blue Hen men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs (Acierno Arena) ; the 2,000-seat Fred P. Rullo Stadium, an artificial turf facility with two full practice fields that overlap a game field (field hockey); the Delaware Field House, a turfed surface providing indoor practice space; the outdoor Delaware Field House Courts (men’s and women’s tennis); Delaware Softball Stadium (softball); Bob Hannah Stadium featuring an artificial turf playing surface, heated dugouts, and three tunnel batting cage (baseball); Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium with an all-weather outdoor track (women’s track & field) surrounding a Bermuda grass field (men’s and women’s soccer); several other game and practice fields and the renovated and expanded Carpenter Sports Building which houses state-of-the-art recreational and fitness facilities as well as the Harry W. Rawstrom Natatorium (men’s and women’s swimming and diving). Women’s cross country competes at White Clay Creek State Park, men’s and women’s golf competes on several local golf courses and women’s rowing takes place on the Christina River in Wilmington, DE.

Blue Hens Recreational Activities

Recreation Services

UD Recreation Services contributes to the individual’s overall educational experience by offering opportunities for participation in club and recreational team sports, fitness programs, and leisure activities. These opportunities are primarily focused on the University’s student population while also serving the campus and surrounding communities. The mission of Recreation Services is realized by:

  • Offering structured competitive opportunities in a variety of individual and team sports.
  • Providing access to facilities and equipment for informal participation.
  • Offering structured and non-structured activities for improving and maintaining physical fitness and the development of lifetime leisure activities.

The Carpenter Sports Building (Lil Bob) is the primary recreation facility on campus. It offers a three floor fitness center outfitted with the newest technology in cardiovascular and strength equipment. In addition, the Lil Bob also offers an indoor swimming pool, indoor track, racquetball courts, a squash court, basketball courts, volleyball/badminton courts, an Employee Fitness Center, and indoor rock climbing wall. Recreation Services also manages four turf fields, satellite fitness centers housed inside two resident halls, along with two ice arenas, an outdoor pool (summer only), sand volleyball courts, and tennis and inline skating courts. A valid University of Delaware ID card is required to gain entrance to all recreation facilities.

For more information and hours of operation visit www.bluehens.com/recreation.
For more information about the ice arenas and skating programs visit www.udel.edu/icearena.
For more information about the outdoor pool visit www.udel.edu/outdoorpool.

Intramural Program

Recreation Services provides an extensive co-educational intramural program. Intramural sports are those played on the University campus among students, faculty and staff. There are over 25 sports offered throughout the school year. Teams may represent residence halls, clubs, fraternities, sororities, or simply a group of friends. Leagues and tournaments are established for men’s, women’s, and coed divisions on three levels of competition and registration is ongoing throughout the year. Additionally there are some extramural opportunities allowing UD teams to compete against other institutions. Visit www.bluehens.com/intramurals for more information.


Recreation Services operates three fitness facilities on campus. The award-winning Carpenter Sports Building (Lil Bob) is the primary fitness facility on campus. This space is highlighted by three floors of state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and an indoor track. Independence Fitness Center on north campus and Harrington Fitness Center on east campus are fully equipped with various strength and cardiovascular equipment. The Employee Fitness Center, designed to meet the needs of the UD faculty and staff, is also located in the building. The department also offers a full schedule of group fitness classes including BodyPump, Kickboxing, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, UD cycle, and more. Visit www.bluehens.com/fitness for more information.

Outdoor Recreation

Recreation Services provides additional recreational opportunities which include an indoor climbing wall located in Carpenter Sports Building with supervised instruction and practice to develop and improve climbing skills. These programs are scheduled to provide students with a safe learning experience while fostering an awareness and appreciation for the natural environment. Recreation Services also offers outdoor synthetic turf fields, an outdoor pool (summer only), along with basketball, tennis, sand volleyball, and inline skating courts.

Club Sports

Recreation Services supports a wide variety of student-run competitive club sports. Club sports exist to provide students the opportunity to engage in high level competition while gaining experience in management, leadership, and organization. The students elect officers, create their own competitive schedules, organize travel arrangements, budget and plan financial transactions, establish their own bylaws and attend meetings held by the Office of Club Sports. The students run the club, but work in conjunction with the Club Sports Office and adhere to specific rules and regulations of the University. Currently, the University sponsors 37 club sport programs. Visit www.bluehens.com/clubsports for more information.

Helping You Stay Safe and Sound

The University of Delaware Police, Department of Public Safety is responsible for police and security services on the campuses of the University of Delaware. UD Police staff provide 24-hour-a-day response to reports of on-campus emergencies and criminal actions. Reports of emergencies or requests for assistance may be communicated directly over more than 200 “dial-free” campus emergency telephones, or by calling the University Police emergency number: 911.

The Police staff are men and women who have met the police training certification requirements of the State of Delaware and who exercise full law enforcement authority on the campus and contiguous streets. The Security staff receive departmental training and assist the police by performing non-law enforcement duties.

The most recent annual report of campus crime statistics is available, upon request, from the University of Delaware Police, Department of Public Safety, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, phone (302) 831-2224 or visit www.udel.edu/police/crime-stats.

Your Car and Our Campus

Parking Services at the University of Delaware is designed to provide all students, faculty, staff, and visitors with adequate, accessible, and well maintained parking facilities. The University of Delaware is not liable for damage or theft to any vehicle or personal property on campus.

Parking regulations help to ensure that there is an orderly system in place for all who use vehicles when coming to campus. The regulations also ensure that emergency vehicles and equipment have immediate access to all campus locations. Voluntary compliance is encouraged; however, individuals who disregard the University’s parking regulations will receive appropriate sanctions.

A parking permit is required at all times to park on campus unless paying at meters or pay to park lots. Visitors must also either purchase a visitor pass or pay at meters or pay to park lots. Permits and visitor passes may be purchased online at www.udel.edu/permits.

Please visit our web site, www.udel.edu/parking, for complete rules and regulations regarding parking on campus, permit options, information pertaining to each student classification, pricing, and map defining the UD parking perimeter or call Parking Services (302) 831-1184.

Identify Yourself

Students are required to carry their UD ID card (the UD ONEcard). In addition to being their official University identification card, many student-related privileges are linked to the ONEcard. Examples of services that MAY be accessed with the ONEcard include the FLEX cashless spending account, permit parking, Library borrowing, student banking services with PNC Bank, admission to football and basketball games, Dining meal plans, electronic door access, computer-site printing, and the Carpenter Sports Building fitness center. Access to privileges is determined by registration status and account balances. Some services may be fee-based.

New and replacement ONEcards can be obtained at the ID Card office located in the Student Services Building, 30 Lovett Avenue, Newark. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. For students’ protection, a picture ID for positive identification must be presented before replacing/obtaining an ID Card. A charge is applied for replacement cards.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately, 24 hours a day, by calling (302) UD1-CARD (831-2273), or sending email to id-card@udel.edu.

For more information, please visit www.udel.edu/onecard.

Meal Plans & On-Campus Dining

Dining Services provides a range of delicious and healthy options with meal plans that nourish your campus experience. Your appetite will meet its match at our all you care to eat dining halls – centrally-located Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company, Russell Dining on East Campus and Pencader Dining on Laird Campus. Our dining halls also offer to-go containers, which give the freedom to take a hot meal back to your dorm or to your next study group.

We know the struggle of balancing academics, extra-curriculars, and a social life, all while getting a good meal on the go. That’s why in addition to the dining halls, we offer more than 25 dining locations across campus, such as Dunkin’, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A to name a few. We also have markets with freshly made grab-and-go, coffee, snacks, and anything else you might need.

If you have food allergies or special dietary requirements, our goal is to provide you with tools to support your needs. Our teams will help you dine on campus safely. We take into account your personal dietary needs and will make every effort to help you. Reach out to meet with our registered dietitian, Debbi Miller at dml@udel.edu, to learn more.

Meal plans, dining locations and their hours, menus and nutrition information are available at www.udel.edu/dining.

Meal Plans for Students in Residence Halls

Students living in traditional residence halls are required to select from the available on-campus meal plans for each semester. For students living in a residence hall with a housing agreement, the effective dates of the housing and dining agreements are the same.

Meal Plans for Students in University Courtyard, Graduate Student and Family Housing or Off Campus

Students in this category are not required to purchase a meal plan, but still have the option to sign up for an on-campus or off-campus meal plan.

Selecting and Changing Meal Plans

Meal plan selections and changes can be made at www.udel.edu/diningrequest. Students can change meal plans as many times as they want until the week prior to move-in weekend. After move-in weekend, students can request one change through the published deadline noted on the Academic Calendar.

If an on-campus student makes no selection, they will automatically be assigned and billed for the default meal plan. Meal plans are billed on a per semester basis.

Canceling Meal Plans

Requests to cancel a dining agreement for the current semester or session are granted only in limited situations and must be made in writing in accordance with the Terms & Conditions at www.udel.edu/dining.

If the request to cancel the dining agreement is granted by the University, the student’s University account will be credited based on a proration of unused meals for the remaining days in the term of the agreement minus two weeks (14 days), plus the value of any unused points. Any credit balance in the student’s account may be transferred to a Flex account. For sessions or programs other than the fall or spring semesters, applicable refunds will be calculated in proportion to the semester refund schedule.