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Student Stories

Taking Flight

At UD, you’ll leave the classroom and enter the world’s workshop. Through hands-on learning, you’ll gain important knowledge and skills – while also developing a critical mind and a compassionate heart.

  • Inspiring Dreams
  • Igniting Innovation
  • Cultivating Creativity
  • Coming Full Circle

    Morgan Cox's journey to UD began at age six in Salyersville, KY when she attended a day camp run by UD's Summer Appalachia Program. With the encouragement and support of UD students, Morgan made her dreams come true.

    Explore UD's Summer Appalachia Program

    One Good Idea Leads To Another. And Another. And Then More.

    An engineering capstone project was dubbed "a nearly impossible task" given the shortened on-campus semester and various project requirements. But that didn't stop Joe Vicario from developing an innovative design solution – and overcoming obstacles along the way.

    Explore the School of Engineering

    Free Bird

    Lydia Kladitis has tables filled with colorful, miniature sets for her stop-motion comedy about a quirky bird named Daryl who is afraid of everything. This stop-motion film – Kladitis's second – was the result of a class project, and she recently finished a 2D animation film for her senior thesis.

    Read Lydia's Story

  • Affordability
  • A Caring Community
  • Service-Learning
  • A Promise Fulfilled

    Even though Dezaneé Bluthenthal attended high school only steps from the heart of UD’s campus, attending UD felt out of reach. But through the Flyer Promise Scholars program, Dezaneé was able to achieve her dreams.

    Read About the Flyer Promise Scholars

    This One's For You, Momma

    Senior year of college can be a challenge, but few face a year like Mara Shaneyfelt encountered. With determination and the support of her professors, she persevered and gave her mom one last gift.

    Our ETHOS in Action

    Ellen Lucchesi and Michael Fornadel combined their technical skills with their desire to positively impact the lives of other people. And in the process, their own lives are changed, too.

    Watch Ellen and Michael's Story