Student Spotlight

Tyler Ronczka entered UD in fall 2015 with interests in government, politics, and statistics. After one year as a UST student, he declared a major in Economics. Tyler enjoys being physically active and participating in the Blue Hen Leadership Program

Each year, BHLP hosts several campus-wide speakers in addition to facilitating workshops for program participants. BHLP also offers  Alternative Spring Break trips to U.S. cities where students work with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Gather Baltimore to promote positive changes for individuals and communities.

Major/Minor Spotlight

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private sectors, communities, and individuals.

The minor in Public Health at UD provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop practical skills in program development and increase knowledge in the areas of social systems, policy, and leadership. This 18 credit minor is available to students in any discipline. Students complete three core introductory courses —  HLPR211: Public Health, HLPR222: Epidemiology, and HLPR233: Global Health — as well as three other upper level classes.

According to, public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion.



As a Delaware resident, Laura Koffenberger knew the University of Delaware had a very good reputation, and it was important to her to remain in close proximity to her family. She came to UD as an undeclared student because she didn’t know which major to choose and wanted to take classes in many different subject areas.

Laura declared her major in Accounting in the fall of junior year after researching various majors and taking UNIV117: Navigating Your Academic Path. She found the class helpful because it provided structured time each week to determine which majors best suited her. Academic advisor and UST peer liaison coordinator Sharon Grayson said Laura has been a real asset to the program. She will definitely be missed when she graduates this spring.

Student Spotlight

Braulio Florentino, Class of 2020, is a first-year student who entered UD undeclared because he wanted the opportunity to explore his options. He told his advisor, Adrian McCleary, that he has always been fascinated by science and excelled in math in high school. Braulio chose UD because it provides the type of environment where he can thrive, and he has decided to major in Biological Sciences in preparation for attending medical school.

Student Spotlight

Georgette E. Class-Peters is a first-year undeclared student who decided to attend UD because it is close to her family and offers degrees that will make her competitive in the job market.


When Georgette entered college, she felt sure she would major in criminal justice, but she now intends to declare a public policy major because it encompasses all of the topics she finds interesting and will serve as good preparation for law school.


Georgette’s advice for incoming freshman is to find a mentor with whom you can talk about the transition from high school to college. She thinks it is important to ask for help when you need it and to find someone who will guide you in the right direction.