|New Life Sciences Building|
Academics – In December, I visited Delaware Valley College (DelVal) in Doylestown, PA. DelVal is a small residential college, only an hour from Bridgewater, with some pretty unusual majors and academic programs, especially for a small private college in the northeast. These include Agribusiness, Conservation and Wildlife Management, Small Animal Science, Zoo Science, Animal Science, Equine Sciences and Management, Livestock Science and Management, Zoology, Equine Studies, Food Science, Hydroponics, Sustainable Agriculture, and Turf Management. The school’s motto is “Science with practice” and it requires an experiential-learning component (i.e., all DelVal students will have a real-world experience). Students with over a 3.5 GPA and 1100 or more on their SAT (2 parts) are typically invited to be part of the Honors Program.
Campus – Most of the buildings are white and are arranged around a grassy quad. In the Spring, the new Life Sciences building will open. The college includes 225 acres of field crops, 60 acres of orchards, an apiary for beekeeping, greenhouses, dairy and livestock operations, and a farm market. The school is an arboretum. I got the feeling that parking may be in short supply.
Extracurricular activities – When you are not studying you can join one of the more than 75 clubs and organizations or one of the 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Go Aggies! When I visited, the Apiary Club was selling honey and beeswax candles outside the all-you-can-eat Dining Hall. There is a SEPTA railroad station on campus that will take you to Philly in 30 minutes.
Merit Aid – There is sizable merit aid ($16K or more) for freshman with GPAs of 3.0 or more and SAT scores (Critical Reading and Math) of 1000 or more.
What is your experience with DelVal?