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Together, we make the remarkable happen

Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware unites Blue Hens across the nation to accelerate UD’s mission of cultivating tomorrow’s leaders, creating solutions to grand challenges, embracing diversity and inclusivity, inspiring innovations and transforming lives. We boldly seek to engage thousands of individuals to shape our future and raise funds for top priorities including The Biden Institute, Graduate Education, Athletics Facilities, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Colleges and Student & Faculty Support. Watch this video to learn more about the priorities. Delaware First is more than a name; it’s an attitude, a conviction and a sense of purpose. It reminds us that when we put Delaware first in our hearts and minds, we can inspire others—and be inspired—to put first those things that will elevate the student experience at UD and extend our impact on the region and the world. At Delaware, we seek to do more, to be more and to cultivate the differences that make us great. For over 275 years, Delaware has been a place of “firsts.” With this Campaign, we challenge ourselves—and each and every Blue Hen—to place Delaware First in sharing their expertise, in their support to make a difference in our society, in their wish to shape the future. As we stand at the intersection of opportunity and possibility, we hope you’ll join us in embracing this moment to reimagine the educational experience at UD … and make Delaware First, forever.

“This is our time to work collectively to deliver on game-changing ideas and make a difference in our world. I invite you to put Delaware First. In your heart and mind. In your words and actions. And in your philanthropic choices of how to make an impact.”

Dr. Dennis Assanis

Campaign Progress

Current Campain Progress: $840,064,252 of $750,000,000

Overall Goal


Thank you to those who follow their passion and support UD’s students, faculty, campus and initiatives, laying the foundation for the Campaign.

Every donor and every gift makes a difference for the University and helps us achieve our ambitious goal.


Raised as of 03/10/21

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