Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus

University of Delaware — Newark, DE


The University of Delaware is seeking to capitalize on its proximity to the NEC to catalyze regional economic development through partnerships between Delaware’s flagship university and the private sector. Its new Science Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus is being built on a 272-acre site directly adjacent to the Newark, Delaware Amtrak and SEPTA commuter rail station. The master plan for the campus includes a new transit center that will enhance access between the station, the STAR campus, and the existing campus, which is located one mile away.

Rail was central to connecting the STAR campus to corporate and institutional partners in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Committed STAR campus partners include Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, near the NEC in Philadelphia, and the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The University considers rail service a critical part of its strategy to attract additional corporate partners based in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.

UD STAR Campus
Location of the University of Delaware STAR Campus, Newark, DE.

“Rail access is a very important factor to the success of the new campus due to the intense level of interaction with outside parties anticipated…the economic development of northeast Maryland would be enhanced by improved access to the University.”

David Weir, Director of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, University of Delaware