Delaware became the "First State" in 1787. But the University of Delaware can trace its roots to a small private academy founded 44 years earlier, in 1743, by the Reverend Francis Alison. The first class of Alison's "Free School" would include three individuals who later became signers of the Declaration of Independence -- George Read, Thomas McKean and James Smith. Today, the University of Delaware is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, Carnegie Research University, located in the suburban community of Newark, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Declaration of Independence signers are memorialized on residence halls on the UD campus, described by the Washington Post, as "a stunning landscape of Georgian Colonial red-brick, white columned architecture to rival anything conceived by Thomas Jefferson."
College Admission is traveling this week. We'll return on Tuesday, February 25th. Coming up: University of Delaware Dean of Admission Jose Aviles answers "5 Questions." Our high school college counselors offer their best advice for seniors about handling acceptances -- and rejection -- as their notifications roll in from the colleges. College advisor Alice Kleeman updates her monthly Financial Aid Checklist. And we'll be back with more weekly advice for juniors and seniors, as well as insights from our guest bloggers as juniors gear up their application process and seniors deal with decisions and financial aid.