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Online and On-Campus Colleges in DELAWARE

Article Sources
  • Welcome, Delaware Higher Education Office, Accessed June 2017, https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/2243
  • See the Difference at Wilmington University, Wilmington University, Accessed June 2017, http://www.wilmu.edu/about/index.aspx
  • About Wesley College, Wesley College, Accessed June 2017, http://wesley.edu/about
  • Facts & Figures, University of Delaware, Accessed June 2017, http://www.udel.edu/about/facts-figures/
  • At a Glance, Delaware State University, Accessed June 2017, https://www.desu.edu/about/glance
  • Why Choose GBC, Goldey-Beacom College, Accessed June 2017, https://www.gbc.edu/about/choosing-gbc.html
  • Scholarship directory data is copyrighted material which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. Copyright © 2017-18 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.
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The higher education system in Delaware includes high-quality institutions that draw students from across the region and even the country.

The Delaware Higher Education Office counts eight institutions as the colleges and universities operating within its borders. These include three public schools and five private institutions. Many of these offer four-year degrees, but there is also a law school, art and design school and community college in the state. The latter is a particularly good choice for students who want to start their education at a lower cost institution before transferring to a four-year school. Thanks to articulation agreements, many colleges and universities will accept credits from a community college and apply them toward a bachelor's degree.

In addition to educating students on campus, several of the state's schools offer robust distance education options for those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Delaware.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Delaware

Of the eight Delaware schools, five offer four-year degrees in the state's most popular majors. Using a methodology that considers metrics such as graduation rates, tuition and fees and online degree availability, here's how those schools compare.

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1University of Delaware+
ADMISSION RATE
70%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$75
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

The University of Delaware is one of the oldest universities in the nation and also a top education choice in the state. The school pre-dates the country and was founded in 1743 as Newark College. By 2015, UD was enrolling nearly 23,000 students, and the school awarded more than 5,500 degrees in that year. It is also home to 21 NCAA Division I sports teams.

Among its notable attributes, the University of Delaware has the best retention and graduation rates in the state. It is also first for the number of academic programs it offers. UD also offers the best average net price for low-income students.

While its campus is based in Newark, students can select from several online programs including an associate in arts, a RN-BSN and several master's degree options.

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2Wilmington University+
ADMISSION RATE
Open
TEST REQUIREMENTS
N/A
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
42

Although it maintains campuses in three states, Wilmington University is better known as one of the best online colleges for Delaware. It offers more online degree programs than any other state institution, and nearly 85 percent of its student population was enrolled in distance education classes in 2015.

Wilmington University also prides itself on offering affordable degree programs. All students get access to in-state tuition rates. Overall, WilmU ranks second in Delaware for the cost of its tuition and fees. It also has the second best average net price and the second best average net price for low-income students. Many students are able to minimize their student loans, and Wilmington University graduates have the lowest median debt in the state.

Founded in 1968, the university is a private institution and has a special focus on flexible scheduling. Classes are available in 15-week, 7-week and weekend modular formats.

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3Delaware State University+
ADMISSION RATE
41%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
9

As one of two public four-year schools in the state, Delaware State University has the lowest tuition and fees among surveyed schools. It also has the lowest average net price and ranks second for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees.

The school is second only to the University of Delaware in the number of academic programs it offers. Its most popular majors include diverse offerings such as accounting, mass communications and movement science. Its nearly 4,500 students are split evenly from within and outside the state. There are also online Delaware degree programs available at DSU. These include several graduate programs as well as five options for those who want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Delaware.

Delaware State University was founded in 1891 and has its main campus in Dover.

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4Goldey-Beacom College+
ADMISSION RATE
58%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Recommended
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

Goldey-Beacom College has positioned itself as a good choice for both traditional and non-traditional students. Students who are interested in living on site will find the school's Wilmington campus offers comfortable housing, small classes and a vibrant student community. Students who may also be working adults or who are balancing family responsibilities will benefit from the school's flexible scheduling that includes night and weekend classes.

When compared to other Delaware four-year colleges, GBC ranks first for the amount of institutional grant aid it awards as a percentage of its tuition and fees. Its retention and graduation rates are the second best in the state. Goldey-Beacom College also appears to prepare its students well to repay student loans. Its graduates have the second lowest median debt in the state and the second best three-year loan repayment rate.

The college is a private institution and can trace its roots to 1886 when it opened as a commercial college with only five students. In 2015, GBC enrolled nearly 2,000 students.

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5Wesley College+
ADMISSION RATE
60%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
N/A
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
1

Rounding out the top five four-year schools in Delaware is Wesley College. The school was founded in 1873 and offers four associate degrees programs, 30 bachelor's degree programs and several graduate degree options. Business administration was its most popular major in 2015.

Wesley College gets high marks for offering a flexible learning environment. High school students can enter college with credits from dual enrollment or AP classes. Adult learners may be eligible for credit based on life experiences. Meanwhile, students of all ages can take advantage of night and weekend classes. Remedial support, academic advising and career placement services are also available.

With a campus in historic Dover, the school enrolled 1,650 students in 2015. Wesley College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

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Most Popular Degree Programs in Delaware

Wondering which degrees attract the most students in Delaware? Here are the top choices for on-campus and online Delaware degrees.

In-Demand Careers in Delaware

Selecting the right degree is an important step toward getting a job after graduation. See if your major might prepare you for one of these careers that are in-demand by Delaware employers.

Career TitleProjected Job GrowthTotal EmploymentAnnual Salary
Operations Research Analysts37.3%860$91,710
Statisticians34.7%120$112,500
Occupational Therapy Assistants32.9%90$64,220
Physical Therapist Assistants32.4%250$58,820
Millwrights31.7%90$45,390
Physical Therapist Aides30.5%440$23,790
Home Health Aides30.3%1,690$31,290
Physical Therapists29.9%760$88,960
Personal Financial Advisors29.6%570$123,680
Personal Care Aides29.4%3,880$23,370
Nurse Practitioners28.5%610$103,100
Web Developers28.4%380$79,090
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other28%250$42,890
Brickmasons and Blockmasons25.9%220$54,540
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians24.7%300$57,840
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers24.7%160$73,190
Insulation Workers, Mechanical24.7%200$43,050
Financial Examiners24.2%-$89,520
Speech-Language Pathologists24.2%380$75,250
Physician Assistants23.8%440$103,550
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians23.1%60$29,140
Occupational Therapists23%300$85,930
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary22.8%40$76,460
Massage Therapists22.8%90$57,000
Helpers--Electricians22.3%180$27,040
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary22.1%320$78,230
Computer Systems Analysts21.8%3,500$94,720
Athletic Trainers21.4%140$41,620
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary21.1%260-
Opticians, Dispensing21.1%430$37,110
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Delaware

Delaware works hard to make sure its residents can afford a higher education. Thanks to its participation in the Academic Common Market, students who can't find the degree program they want at a public Delaware institution may be eligible for in-state tuition at a different public school in one of the 15 states participating in the Southern Regional Education Board. What's more, Delaware offers 12 state-sponsored financial aid programs that provide scholarships, grants and other assistance.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 17

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

 
Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$14,815

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable for four years.

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Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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