Delaware Higher Education Options with School Information

Delaware is home to 19 public and private schools offering postsecondary education. Compare these schools in Delaware to determine which ones might be right for you.

For those hoping to attend a higher education institution in Delaware, there are several factors to keep in mind when making your decision, such as nearness to large cities from campus, student population, graduation rate, and net cost. Learn about all of these with information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Delaware Schools Near Large Cities

Closeness to large cities can be a major factor in determining which college to attend for many people. However, according to the NCES, there are only a few college campuses near medium and small cities in Delaware, due to the small size of the state. Five of these include:

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

Largest Schools in Delaware

A large student population can be appealing to students looking for an increased amount of social interaction and on-campus activities. A small or large campus can be a major deciding factor for many people. These are the five largest schools in Delaware during fall 2014, according to the NCES.

  • University of Delaware (22,680)
  • Wilmington University (14,467)
  • Delaware State University (4,397)
  • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry (2,939)
  • Goldey-Beacom College (2,012)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES reports colleges' and universities' average net prices for undergraduate students. These figures are determined by subtracting average financial aid amounts from schools' total cost of attendance - a number that takes into account tuition, fees, textbooks, housing and other educational expenses. Based on this information, these schools have the lowest undergraduate net prices for full-time undergraduates in the 2014-2015 year.

  • 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 Rates

Taking a glance at graduation rates is a quick way to gauge schools' educational quality and effectiveness. The institutions below have the highest graduation rates among those compared based on full-time students who entered undergrad programs in 2009 and completed them within 150% of normal time (e.g., six years or less for a bachelor's degree), per NCES data.

  • 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)

High graduation rates, closeness to cities, student population, and a low net cost are all things to consider when choosing which school to attend in Delaware.

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