Blue Hen Pride

This university was founded in 1743, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. However, it wasn't until many years later that women and African Americans were able to enroll. Women were first admitted in 1914, over 170 years after the university's founding. African Americans were initially only allowed to attend the university's extension program in Wilmington in 1921, and it wasn't until 1950 that they were allowed to enroll as full-time students on the Newark campus. Today, the university is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and beyond.