1. Kiss under the kissing arches.
Think you have met your sweetheart at UD? Visit the kissing arches on either side of Memorial Hall to seal your fate as “Double Dels.” Between 1914 and 1945, The Green was actually home to two schools: Delaware College on the North Green and the Women’s College on the South Green, and the kissing arches were where sweethearts would say goodnight before heading back to their residence halls in time for curfew.
2. Find the solar system on campus.
You don’t need to look up at the night sky to discover the planets. Starting at Old College and ending at the Fred Rust Ice Arena, UD boasts a scale model of the solar system, so you can explore the entire universe(ity) all in one afternoon.
3. Rub Hugh Morris’ nose.
Need some good luck for a big exam? Rub the nose on the bust of the former federal District Court judge on your way out of Hugh Morris Library.
4. Take a picture with YoUDee or Baby Blue.
There’s no better way to document your Blue Hen spirit than by snapping a picture with our energetic and loveable mascots. Find them around campus or in the stands at sporting events and ask them to say “Cheese!” with a big-beaked smile.
5. Visit the UDairy Creamery.
You haven’t tasted anything like UD’s official ice cream. Stop by the creamery on South Campus next to the Fred Rust Ice Areana, which is open year-round. Try delicious flavors like “1923” and “Blue Hen Tracks.”
6. Eat at every dining hall.
Enjoy the variety of food options at the endless buffets in the four dining halls on campus! Just don’t forget to grab some cookies for later!
7. Attend your “Sophomore Swap” and “Junior 1/2 Way There Party” events hosted by UD Alumni Association.
Remember the T-shirt you got at a different college tour that you never wear? Trade it in at Sophomore Swap for a new one with your class year on it! And if you’re already a junior, then come get pumped up for the second half of your college career at the Junior 1/2 Way There Party.
8. Join an organization, registered student organization or Greek life.
Join to make new friends, support a cause or philanthropy, and create lifelong memories.
9. Attend a non-football sporting event.
Everyone loves football, but UD offers 21 other varsity sports! Check one out and you might even a cockpit T-shirt while you’re there.
10. Attend UDance or Relay for Life.
Attending UDance or Relay for Life is not only a fantastic way to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer, but you’ll have an amazing experience and make memories to last a lifetime.
11. Eat at Vita Nova.
Sure to impress any diner, this five-star gem, run by Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students, is hidden upstairs in Trabant University Center. Bon appetit!
12. Take a picture with the Blue Hen on Laird Campus.
Every time you walk over the Laird Campus bridge you might be missing something! Look below to find the art deco metal Blue Hen statue welcoming students to the beautiful north side of the university.
13. Go ice skating at the Fred Rust Ice Arena.
Don’t wait for your hometown pond to freeze over to go ice skating! Head down to the arena with friends for some “cool” times.
14. See a movie at the Trabant Theatre.
Forget going to an expensive theater to see a movie when you can get the perfect date night right on campus! Grab two tickets and two candy bars for $8 before heading downstairs to enjoy the latest new release feature film.
15. Read “The Review” or listen to WVUD.
Stay in-the-know about the latest news on campus and around Newark by picking up a copy of the student newspaper every Tuesday or turning your radio dial to 91.3 FM WVUD.
16. Decorate your residence hall room for the holidays.
Make your dorm room a little more festive with fun (or even homemade) decorations as a way to celebrate your favorite holiday. And if you’re happy with the final product, be sure to enter your dorm room in one of UD’s decorating contests!
17. Go rock climbing at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building.
Reach new heights as you climb to the top of the Bob Carpenter Sports Building’s rock wall.
18. Attend a SCPAB or CPAB concert.
You can always count on these organizations to bring you at least one big name performer per semester, ranging from Jason Mraz to Ludacris and everything in between! You’re guaranteed a great show at an even better price.
19. Visit White Clay Creek.
Escape campus for a few hours and visit White Clay Creek to enjoy nature, explore the trails, or bring some books and get some studying done.
20. Attend a Homecoming week event.
Come out and show some UD pride at the Homecoming pep rally or tailgate. Make memories with past, present and future Blue Hens.
21. Make Dean’s List.
Make your parents proud and prove that hard work pays off.
22. Have a picnic on The Green.
Take one sunny day, a few good friends, some tasty treats and one of the most beautiful places on campus and combine for the perfect afternoon.
23. Volunteer with an organization or UDaB (UD Alternative Break).
Whether it is building a house as part of a UDAB trip or volunteering with another organization on campus, giving back to the community is part of what it means to be a Blue Hen.
24. Complete your DLE (Discovery Learning Experience).
Get out of the classroom and gain some real world experience by completing an internship, doing research, taking part in service learning or an independent study, or studying abroad.
25. Eat at a food cart.
Have a craving for great food but don’t have the time to sit down? Head over to one of multiple food cart locations across campus!
26. Sign your UD Alumni Association class banner.
Make your mark by signing your name with pride alongside your fellow classmates. Your class banner is available for signing at many UD Alumni Association events throughout the year.
27. High-five President Harker or the dean of your college.
Known as local celebrities to students, these people make a real difference at UD. Show them your appreciation with a friendly greeting.
28. Attend a Career Services Center event or meeting.
Need help with your résumé, want to meet potential employers or just want to discuss career options? These are just a few of the opportunities available through Career Services to help you prepare for life after UD.
29. Visit the UD Botanic Gardens.
Wake up and smell the roses (and many other beautiful flowers and plants) on South Campus.
30. Get decked out in blue and gold for a football game.
Whether it means painting your face or throwing on a “Kiss Me, I’m a Blue Hen” button, there’s no better way to cheer on your team than while donning the blue and gold.
31. Attend Parents and Family Weekend.
Invite your family to Delaware to show them around your new home. Enjoy a variety of scheduled events or just spend some quality time with the folks.
32. Go listen to a guest speaker on campus.
Be on the lookout for famous names like Maya Angelou, Joe Biden, Anderson Cooper and many more as they come to Newark to share their stories with students.
33. Visit a campus museum.
You don’t have to go far beyond the comforts of Newark to find yourself a quality, cultural experience! Whether you are interested in painting, sculpture or geology, something is bound to catch your eye at one of our many museums.
34. Eat at Newark Deli and Bagels.
If you want a New York quality bagel in Delaware, stop by this Main Street staple on your way to class or before a football game.
35. Eat Klondike Kate’s nachos.
The classic combination of tortilla chips, cheese, guacamole and salsa is always a crowd pleaser, especially if you’re enjoying it while taking in the sights and sounds of Main Street from Kate’s porch.
36. Go to a non-chain coffeehouse.
The cast of “Friends” got it right when they ditched the chains for a cozy coffeeshop experience. Find one where you and your gang can hang out and enjoy some caffeinated beverages.
37. Watch the sunrise or sunset on The Green.
Regardless of the time of day, The Green is a beautiful place. Yet, there is something extra special about the place at sunrise or sunset. Check it out and bring your camera to capture a picture-perfect moment.
38. Play on the Harrington Beach.
While the sand has been replaced with turf, it is still difficult to resist the beach-like feel found at the center of East Campus. Don’t forget to bring a frisbee, a guitar or a beach towel!
39. Take a fitness class or BHAN (Behavioral Health and Nutrition) class.
Avoid the dreaded “freshman 15″ and stay active throughout your college years by enrolling in a BHAN fitness class, such as Golf or Cardio-Dance Mix. And, if that doesn’t fit into your academic schedule, the Carpenter Sports Building offers a variety of other fitness classes as well.
40. Run up the steps of Old College.
Have your own “Rocky” moment by running to the top of the steps of Old College, one of UD’s oldest buildings. Once you reach the top, turn around and marvel at how much UD has grown and evolved since Old College stood alone as the home of Delaware College.
41. Pull an all-nighter (studying).
Make the most of every minute here at UD. Don’t forget the snacks and caffeine to help you power through the night. And remember, you can’t learn without proper sleep, so don’t attempt too many of these!
42. Watch a student performance (non-athletic).
In addition to being spirited and scholarly, Blue Hens are also quite talented. Whether it is vocally, instrumentally or theatrically, they are always hosting performances for your viewing pleasure.
43. Participate in 1743 Welcome Days.
Transitions can be hard for everyone. Stop by the 1743 Welcome Days during your first weekend on campus to get your feet wet, or come back as an upperclassman and volunteer!