University of Delaware
Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, 19716
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The University of Delaware (UD) is the largest university in Delaware. Its original class of ten students included George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith, all three of whom would go on to sign the Declaration of Independence.
The school from which the university grew was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest in the nation. However, UD was not chartered as an institution of higher learning until 1833.
UD was the first American university to begin a study abroad program.
Notable alumni of the University of Delaware include Vice President of the United States and former US Senator Joe Biden (B.A. 1965); Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden (B.A. 1976); New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (B.A. 1974); campaign manager David Plouffe (B.A. 2010); Nobel Prize-winning microbiologist Daniel Nathans (B.S. 1950); and the current president of Emory University James W. Wagner (B.A. 1975).
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The main campus of the University of Delaware is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Georgetown. It is medium-sized - approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students.
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