Best Schools in Delaware: College and University Overviews

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Delaware may be one of the smallest U.S. states, but when it comes to getting a college education, students have several choices. Two of the top choices include the University of Delaware, which is a nationally-ranked public school, and Wilmington University, which is an unranked private school. Despite their differences, both schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University of Delaware stands out for its rankings and large number of programs, and Wilmington University stands out for its flexible degree program options.

University of Delaware in Newark

The University of Delaware (UD) is one of a handful of 4-year public universities in the state. In 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked UD 68th among the best colleges in the nation, making it the highest ranked school in Delaware. UD is nationally recognized as a research institution with a tradition of excellence. The university consists of seven colleges that offer 134 undergraduate and 118 graduate programs.

Wilmington University in New Castle

Wilmington University is an unranked, 4-year, private university with a total student enrollment of 9,133 undergraduate and graduate students. Although Wilmington didn't receive a U.S. News & World Report ranking in 2010, it offers flexible evening and weekend classes, as well as a long list of online learning options. Wilmington is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

List of Good Colleges and Universities in Delaware

College/University Name Distinction Location
Delaware College of Art and Design DCAD is the state's only college of art and design, and it serves about 200 students. Wilmington, DE
Delaware State University The student-to-faculty ratio at this Historically Black school is only 14:1. Dover, DE
University of Delaware Faculty members include Fulbright Fellows, known authors and a Nobel laureate. Newark, DE
Wesley College Ninety percent of full-time students are awarded financial aid. Dover, DE
Wilmington University The university offers doctoral degrees as well as fully-online degrees. New Castle, DE
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