When great minds come together, great things happen. That’s what people are saying about the Delaware Valley College of today. We are educating the kind of students who want to make the future better, healthier, more livable.
There have been tremendous changes and improvements at DelVal in the last six years, most notably its path of high momentum as we seek university status.
Our undergraduate academic programs are expanding with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. This approach, central to a DelVal education since our founding, embraces a full range of activities and opportunities that give our students well-rounded experiences and prepares them for a life of meaningful work, service and career growth. Integrating knowledge and experience, they are prepared to put knowledge into action as a globally responsible citizen. One hundred percent of our students gain real-world competencies through internships, research, study abroad, leadership programs and civic engagement.
At the graduate level, our practitioner-based faculty are up-to-date on the current and changing trends in their fields. In turn, our students are up-to-date on the current and changing trends, making them highly desirable candidates for employment upon graduation.
We’ve been rebuilding and upgrading facilities, including a totally remodeled dining hall and a multi-sport turf field and recreational jogging track. The new Life Sciences Building, opened in January 2014, added classrooms, labs and a 450-seat auditorium.
Athletic programs also have expanded. New for 2014-15 will be men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis. These additions bring DelVal’s total Division III intercollegiate offerings to 22.
To assist with the growing number of military enrollees, we have established the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center on campus. To give all students from all majors a chance to learn about a hot new field, classes are being held at our new Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
These and other accomplishments are being recognized. For the 10th consecutive year, U.S. News & World report has ranked DelVal among the best regional colleges. And a recent survey showed that a DelVal education is paying dividends. Eighty six percent of students from the class of 2012 have found jobs or are enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation.
As always, student success remains a priority. DelVal is an intimate college with small class sizes focused on collaboration among students and faculty with a passionate commitment to enhancing the global environment. Our faculty do not lecture – they teach and engage our students. At DelVal, that will never change.
As we grow, we will become even more engaged in bringing major policy issues to the forefront. In recent years we have hosted a series of seminars called the Precarious Alliance. These multiple-day conferences bring in national and international experts to discuss methods for keeping human networks in balance with the natural world. Such critical issues include resources such as food, water and energy.
DelVal has been able to escape some of the national trends that have negatively impacted higher education. Others have cut faculty. We have added. SAT scores have gone down nationally but the scores of our recent freshman class rose. Many schools are in a budget crisis. We actually came out of the recession in better shape than we went in and are on sound financial footing.
With the assistance of a $31 million transformational gift from the Warwick Foundation in 2010, our endowment doubled and our campuses increased to almost 1,000 acres.
This is what we call momentum.
It will increase through the implementation of a bold strategic plan designed to take DelVal securely into the future but also to make it a high-performance organization. Our mission is a clear one, to be an exemplary, small, private teaching university dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and experience to tackle the most important issues of our time.
We are currently involved in a $50 million Realizing the Vision fundraising campaign that will help finance our strategic initiatives and provide more scholarships for students. Currently, DelVal makes roughly $22 million available for student aid.
Check back frequently for our open house dates, and if you are ready to apply you can do so easily online. If you have questions, log onto our Facebook page and a college staff member will be sure to answer them.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about DelVal. As a student, parent, donor, alumnus or just a friend, you are encouraged to become part of the excitement.
Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan