The University of Delaware has a great tradition of excellence, from our roots extending back to a small private academy started in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today.
The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nationâ€™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 activityâ€”a designation accorded less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the nationâ€™s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering.