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Paving the Way to a Better World

UD was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), a group of visionary leaders who knew that consistent change was necessary for constant growth. The University's history is one of perseverance, tenacity, ingenuity and transformation.

Following in these footsteps, UD Flyers adapt to meet the needs of the changing world, seek to make a positive impact and light the path for those who follow.

How we lead

Fitz Center for Leadership in Community

Through the Fitz Center, we partner with local organizations to create partnerships, solve issues and build community.

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By working across disciplines and applying diverse perspectives, we create innovative solutions to real-world problems. It's one reason we're ranked #1 in the nation for materials R&D.

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How We Lead


From launching startups to collaborating with some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies, we partner with industry to solve real and urgent problems every day.

Center for Leadership

UD's Center for Leadership partners with top thought leaders to provide innovative, world-class education to senior executives, emerging leaders, and front-line supervisors and professionals.

Centers and Institutes

More than 40 centers and institutes work to change communities and change the world.

Student Leadership Development

Through student clubs, programs and other opportunities, students learn to lead in service to others.