University of Delaware Campus with StudentsNewark, Delaware was settled and founded by Scots-Irish and Welsh in 1694. By 1758, the area had developed in to a bustling local market and country crossroads. This caught the attention of King George II, and Newark was officially granted its charter.

Throughout the years, schools have played a significant role in the history of Newark. A grammar school, founded by Francis Alison in 1743, moved from New London, Pennsylvania to Newark, Delaware in 1765, becoming known as the Newark Academy. Among the first graduates of the school were three signers of the Declaration of Independence: George Read, Thomas McKean, and James Smith.

In 1883 the state granted a charter to a new school named Newark College. Newark Academy and Newark College joined together in 1884 becoming Delaware College. The school was forced to close in 1859, but returned 11 years later under the Morrill Act when it became a joint venture between the State of Delaware and the school's Board of Trustees. In 1913, pursuant to a legislative act, Delaware College came into sole ownership of the State of Delaware. The school would later be renamed the UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE in 1921.

Today, Newark, Delaware boasts a population of just over 32,000, while the University of Delaware enrolls approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduates each year. Newark has retained its college town charm and shows an industrial and commercial diversity. The city is located 12 miles southwest of Wilmington, Delaware and half way between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland.

The city has become a dining and shopping destination, with a mix of historic taverns, college bars, coffee shops and trendy restaurants that attract both students and locals. Newark's Main Street was honored with the 2011 Great American Main Street Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.