1. Kiss under the Kissing Arches
Think you’ve met your match at UD? Visit the Kissing Arches on either side of Memorial Hall to make your “Double Del” status official!
Between 1914 and 1915, UD was split between Delaware College on the North Green and the Women’s College on the South Green. The Kissing Arches were where sweethearts would say goodnight before heading back to their residence halls for curfew.
2. Explore the solar system
You don’t need to leave campus to discover the planets! Starting at Old College and ending at the Fred Rust Ice Arena, UD’s scale model of the solar system let’s you explore the entire universe in one afternoon.
3. Rub Hugh Morris’ Nose
Need some good luck before finals? Rub the nose on the bust of the formal federal District Court judge on your way out of the Hugh Morris Library. Does it really work? We’re not sure. But at some point, anything helps!
4. Take a picture with YoUDee or Baby Blue
5. Visit the UDairy Creamery
Look for the Moo-Mobile (UDairy’s awesome ice cream truck), or stop by the Creamery on South Campus for delicious and inventive farm-fresh ice cream any time of year!
6. Eat at every dining hall
Enjoy a variety of food options in the four dining halls on campus, with new additions coming soon!
7. Attend your “Sophomore Swap” and “Junior 1/2 Way There Party” events hosted by the UD Alumni Association
Remember the t-shirt you got while touring another school that you never wear? Trade it in at the Sophomore Swap for a new one with your class year on it! Then during your junior year, celebrate the second half of your college career at the Junior 1/2 Way There Party!
UDance and Relay for Life are not only fantastic ways to raise money and help find a cure for cancer, but you’ll have an amazing experience and make memories to last a lifetime!
12. Take a picture with the Blue Hen on Laird Campus
Every time you walk over the Laird Campus bridge, you may be missing something! Look below to find the art deco metal Blue Hen statue welcoming students to the beautiful north side of campus.
13. Ice skate at the Fred Rust Ice Arena
The Fred Rust Ice Arena is a training ground for some of today’s top professional skaters—but don’t let that intimidate you! Grab some friends and have some fun during one of the arena’s many public skating sessions.
14. See a movie at the Trabant Theatre
“Triumphant YoUDee” knows you don’t need to go to an expensive movie theater to see the latest films. Grab two tickets and some snacks to make the perfect date night and who knows—maybe completing UD Bucket List item #14 could lead to checking off #1?
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 UD’s student newspaper every Tuesday or tuning in to UD’s own WVUD at 91.3 FM.
22. Have a picnic on The Green
Combine a sunny day, a few good friends, some tasty treats and one of the most beautiful spots on campus for the perfect afternoon. Take it from Joey. He loves picnics.
27. High-five President Harker
Known as a local celebrity to students, President Harker can be seen at events across campus as well as across the country. Even if you’ve already graduated, this is one UD Bucket List item you can’t pass up!
28. Attend a Career Services Center event or meeting
In addition to regular opportunities for resume and networking help, the UD Career Services Center hosts several large career fairs each year. Blue Hens know a career fair is a great place to meet potential employers and practice interview skills.
29. Visit the UD Botanic Gardens
32. Go listen to a guest speaker on campus
Be on the lookout for famous names like Maya Angelou, Vice President Joe Biden (speaking at Commencement!), Anderson Cooper and many more as they come to UD to share their stories.
Here, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to students in fall 2013.
33. Visit a campus museum
You don’t have to go far 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 UD’s many on-campus museums.
34. Eat at Newark Deli and Bagels
35. Eat nachos at Klondike Kate’s
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 coffee shop experience. And yes, we even have our own Central Perk!
37. Watch the sunrise or sunset on The Green
The Green is a beautiful place any time of day. Yet, there’s something extra special about it 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’s still difficult to resist the beach-like feel at the center of East Campus. Bring a frisbee, guitar or beach towel and have fun!
39. Take a fitness or BHAN (Behavioral Health and Nutrition) class
Avoid the dreaded “freshman 15” and stay active throughout your college years by enrolling in a fitness class or group, like the Healthy HENS Zumba club!
40. Run up the steps of Old College
Have your own “Rocky” moment by running to the top of the steps of Old College. Once you reach the top, turn around and marvel at how much the University has grown and evolved since Old College stood alone as the home of Delaware College.
43. Participate in 1743 Welcome Days
1743 Welcome Days is a weekend-long event for students joining the campus community at the beginning of every school year. Go as a freshman to connect with your new Blue Hen family or come back as an upperclassman and volunteer!
Whether you’re an incoming freshman or senior, it’s never too early or too late to start your UD Bucket List. Use #UDBucketList to share your accomplishments!
And when you complete this list, the UD Student Alumni Ambassadors have 17 more UD Bucket List items for you to check off after graduation. Blue Hens Forever!
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