Delaware Valley College
Endowment$30 million
PresidentJoseph S. Brosnan
Undergraduates1700 full-time
LocationNew Britain, Pennsylvania, United States
ColorsGreen, Gold

Delaware Valley College is an independent, comprehensive, four-year residential institution in New Britain, PA. It enrolls approximately 1700 full-time undergraduate and 300 graduate students studying 25 majors. The campus sits on 574 acres in Bucks County, PA, between Philadelphia and New York. 40 acres of the main campus have been designated the Henry Schmieder Arboretun because of its landscaping and wide variety of plant types.

In 2011, the college dedicated its new 398-acre Gemmill Campus in Jamison, PA, after a gift from the Gemmill family of land and money in order to further the college's strategic plan, which involves moving to become a university in 2014. Structural changes, such as dividing the college into four distinct schools, are in preparation for this change. Besides the school of Agriculture and Environmental Science, the college has the School of Life and Physical Science, the School of Business and Humanities, and the School of Graduate, Continuing, and Entrepreneurial studies. Within Business and Humanities may be found a variety of majors, including Business, Secondary Education, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, and English/Media.

Besides graduate programs in Educational Leadership and the MBA, DelVal has recently approved masters' programs in Counseling Psychology and Policy Studies (to begin over the next year or so).

Roughly 98 percent of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid from an annual pool of $20 million.[citation needed]

DelVal, as it is commonly called, had a for-credit employment program that required students to work 500 hours in an area of their major; however, this program is now evolving into a more comprehensive Experiential Learning Program (ExPL). The program is part of the college’s legacy of linking theoretical learning with practical training. At DelVal, students learn by doing. Each department at the college is incorporating ExPL into its curriculum.

Many graduates of Delaware Valley College take positions with the pharmaceutical and food industries, work in government or business, go on to become veterinarians or start their own companies.[citation needed]

Enrollment Edit

The school currently enrolls about 1700 full-time undergraduates and more than 300 part-time students in the college's evening college, weekend college, and graduate programs.[citation needed]

Academics Edit

Undergraduate Edit

Template:Close paraphrasing Delaware Valley College offers undergraduate curricula in the agricultural, life, physical and environmental sciences as well as the humanities, liberal arts and business that are allegedly "grounded in a commitment to applied and experiential learning".[1]

Graduate Edit

Template:Copypaste The School of Graduate, Professional, and Entrepreneurial Studies offers programs of advanced learning, designed to meet the needs of career professional and working adults. The graduate school encompasses programs in education, business, counseling psychology and policy studies.[2]

Student lifeEdit

There are over 70 clubs and organizations at the college.[3] Over half of the campus participates in at least one.[citation needed] Among the choices are a literary magazine, the campus newspaper, a jazz band, student government, an equestrian team and fraternities or sororities. Many clubs are related to academic majors. There is the Food Industry Club, the Future Environmental Designers Club and the Horticulture Society and a chapter of SIFE – Students In Free Enterprise, a global, non-profit organization that develops leadership, teamwork and communication skills through inter-collegiate competition.

The college has a Rescue University, a group that helps homeless animals and the shelters that serve them. There also is Project EARTH, an environmental awareness club; and Students for Diversity, a club that promotes acceptance, understanding and acknowledgement of diversity.[4]

A three-day event planned and run entirely by students called A-Day, (Originally "Activities Day"), is run in the spring. It is a sanctioned state fair that includes booths, exhibits, food, rides, music and educational displays. People attend from the surrounding communities. It was originally used as a method for students to display their academic achievements to parents, relatives, potential employers and prospective students.


Over 40 percent of our undergraduates participate in sports and bring a lively, competitive spirit to campus.[citation needed]

The College fields 17 men’s and women’s teams in Division III of the NCAA.[citation needed] DelVal is affiliated with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and competes in the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC). Student-athletes compete in Division III and have the option of competing in more than one sport.

DelVal has a year-round program of intramural sports including oflag football, basketball and softball, one-day tournaments, a 100-miles run club, horseshoes and dodge ball.

The school is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), where members can compete in both Hunt Seat and Western shows. In addition, dressage riders can compete in Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows. The school is also home to a vaulting team.

Accolades Edit

  • On October 22, 2013, U.S. News & World Report listed Delaware Valley College as one of the top ten colleges in the nation for student internship participation.[5]
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Delaware Valley College #22 in its 2014 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Colleges (North).[6]

Points of interest Edit

  • Henry Schmieder Arboretum
  • Farm Market - located on Lower State Road
  • M. Night Shyamalan's Signs was filmed on the college's campus. Stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, Abigail Breslin, and Rory Culkin along with producer Frank Marshall and Sam Mercer spent six months in the summer and fall of 2001 shooting the film.
  • Delaware Valley College has named Russell Redding, secretary of agriculture in the Rendell Administration, as Interim Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.[7]
  • DelVal was the subject of an Associated Press story that appeared in The New York Times. The college caught national attention in 2010 when the Warwick Foundation donated a gift valued at $29.8 million.[8]
  • The college has completed the construction of and inaugurated the Life Science Center which will be a signature building on campus.[9]
  • Roth Living Farm Museum

Notable AlumniEdit

External linksEdit

References Edit

  1. "Undergraduate Academics at Delaware Valley College". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  2. "Graduate Academics at Delaware Valley College". Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. "10 Colleges With the Highest Rate of Student Internships". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  6. "U.S. News Best Colleges: Regional College North Rankings: Delaware Valley College". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  7. "Russell Redding named Interim Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences". Delaware Valley College. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  8. "Associated Press Story on DelVal Gets Widespread Attention". Delaware Valley College. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  9. "DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE AWARDED $3.2 MILLION FOR LIFE SCIENCE CENTER". Delaware Valley College. Retrieved 19 April 2011.

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