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Delaware (DE): University and College System

Delaware is home to 11 public and private non-profit colleges and universities. These schools in the state have been organized into four categories based on their characteristics, which will help you decide which school might be good for you.

Delaware has several options for prospective students looking into a postsecondary education. There are expansive universities offering numerous programs, as well as universities with smaller campus locations. The various institutions have been extensively researched in order to help students find the most suitable school. All of these schools have been categorized based on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Delaware Schools Near Large Cities

While Delaware is a tiny state, there are still some schools that are located near cities. Most are public schools, including both 4-year and 2-year schools. The 2-year colleges typically offer 1-2 year certificate programs in addition to associate degrees, while the 4-year schools have programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Goldey-Beacom College (Wilmington)
  • Delaware State University (Dover)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington (Wilmington)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (Dover)
  • Wesley College (Dover)

Largest Schools in Delaware

A majority of the largest public and private non-profit schools in the state are 4-year schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The larger schools range from nearly 23,000 students down to just under 2,000 students. These statistics are based on statistics from the fall of 2015.

  • University of Delaware (22,852 students)
  • Wilmington University (15,002 students)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (13,471 students)
  • Delaware State University (4,288 students)
  • Goldey-Beacom College (1,997 students)

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  • Agriculture
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  • Business
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  • Computer Sciences
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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

The average net price for a college or university is determined by subtracting the amount of government or institutional financial aid a student receives from the total cost of attendance. The figures for these three Delaware schools are based on data from the NCES for the 2014-2015 academic year, for full-time undergraduates.

  • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry ($7,008)
  • Delaware State University ($12,951)
  • Wilmington University ($12,980)
  • Goldey-Beacom College ($14,677)
  • University of Delaware ($15,149)

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rate for a school includes the number of students who completed their studies in 150% of 'normal time' (for example, six years would be 150% of 'normal time' for a bachelor's program). Based on NCES figures for full-time undergraduate students, the largest graduate rates were in the 20% - 80% range for public and private non-profit schools, as of 2015.

  • University of Delaware (79% graduation rate)
  • Goldey-Beacom College (54% graduation rate)
  • Delaware State University (42% graduation rate)
  • Wilmington University (23% graduation rate)
  • Wesley College (21% graduation rate)

We've listed Delaware public and private non-profit schools into four categories to help you choose a school that matches your college expectations.


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