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8 Ways Delaware Valley University is Unique

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Posted on November 20, 2014 by Delaware Valley College .

Delaware Valley University was founded in 1896 as an agricultural school. It has since developed into an academically rigorous institution dedicated to the study of the sciences, business and the humanities. Students who attend the College are taught how to apply their studies to real-world issues to benefit both themselves and society.  

The following eight reasons explain what makes Delaware Valley University the unique College it is today. 

1. DelVal was recently ranked as one of the safest college campuses in the United States. Blue security light posts with emergency buttons can be found across the campus, which can be used to summon the police if students are in danger. Additionally, public safety officers patrol the campus all day and night. 

2. Delaware Valley University participates in the Stop the Hate program, an educational initiative of Campus Pride that supports preventing and combating hate on college campuses and fostering a sense of community. Stop the Hate serves as the premier source of anti-hate educational resources for higher education institutions and campus communities. 

DelVal also runs the Stop the Stereotypes poster program, and teachers and students are comfortable reporting bias incidents. According to one student, no one at the college puts up with homophobia or other behaviors that degrade others.

3. The Experience360 Program is a required part of the DelVal curriculum through which students gain valuable practical experience in their field of study. Students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities as a basis for learning and to develop specific career goals and aspirations. In fact, 100% of students will gain real-world experience before they graduate.

The Experience360 Program is individualized to each student’s major, allowing them to begin building their careers early, starting with a course that incorporates professional development and problem-based learning. This program helps students create a well-rounded, co-curricular transcript with experiences such as internships, study abroad, research, and civic engagement. It’s the College’s goal to help students become well-rounded global citizens through the experiences that this program offers. 

4. In the words of DelVal’s founder, Joseph Krauskopf, the College’s academics implement “science with practice.” The College sits on a thousand acres of beautifully maintained land that’s used as another learning environment. Real-life, open-air classrooms are employed in everyday studies. 

5. Many of the majors at DelVal emphasize agriculture, but the list of majors has expanded over the years to include other specialties including forensic science, equine breeding, nutrition science, commercial crop production and marketing, accounting, marketing and sports management.

6. Scholarships are popular at DelVal. In fact, 98% of our students receive financial aid. The school offers between $16,000 and $18,000 in scholarships for eligible applicants. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be considered for a scholarship.

7. Greek life at DelVal is small, with an emphasis on helping others. Fraternities are community-service based, not party based. Students involved in Greek life are dedicated to academic excellence and must maintain a certain GPA to stay as active. DelVal also has 70+ clubs and organizations to encourage leadership and community involvement among students.

8. The student-faculty ratio at Delaware Valley University is 15:1, so there’s no room for anonymity. More than 57% of the classes have fewer than 20 students, so each student gets the personal attention he or she deserves.