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Top Colleges in Delaware

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Delaware is a small state with few college options, but schools like the University of Delaware offer programs such as agriculture tailored specifically to the Delaware student body. They are also members of the Academic Common Market, meaning students from many partner states can receive in-state discounts in some Delaware programs. Check out our list below to get the low-down on Delaware colleges.

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University of Delaware

Newark, DE • Public, Suburb

Newark, DE

Public, Suburb

72% acceptance rate
18,707 undergraduate students
82% graduation rate
$18,313 average per year after aid
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Goldey-Beacom College

Wilmington, DE • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Wilmington, DE

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

63% acceptance rate
667 undergraduate students
55% graduation rate
$13,206 average per year after aid
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Delaware State University

Dover, DE • Public, City

Dover, DE

Public, City

59% acceptance rate
4,179 undergraduate students
47% graduation rate
$11,626 average per year after aid
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Wilmington University

New Castle, DE • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

New Castle, DE

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
7,626 undergraduate students
23% graduation rate
$14,796 average per year after aid
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State grants in Delaware

Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship

The Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship is a merit based scholarship for full-time Delaware students. As long as students keep up with their GPA, this scholarship can be renewed for up to three additional years. 

Student Excellence Equals Degree (SEED)

The Student Excellence Equals Degree (SEED) program gives Delaware students the opportunity to attend community college free of tuition. Whether the courses are towards a workforce certification or an academic degree, SEED can be applied to up to 5 years of courses. 

Delaware tuition reciprocity agreements

If you are looking at a certain program that’s not available in Delaware, but is available in partner states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market (ACM), you may be eligible for tuition discounts that allow you to study out of state at in-state tuition rates. 

Here are the states in the Southern Regional Education Board ACM: 

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Delaware

What is the hardest college in Delaware to get into?

The college with the lowest acceptance rate in Delaware is Delaware State University, with an admissions rate of 59%. Even though this school does have a lower rate, sometimes students who are admitted are denied from schools with higher acceptance rates. Admissions vary from student to student, so don’t get discouraged as there’s no hurt in applying!

Does Delaware have tuition reciprocity?

 Yes! Delaware is one of the states in the Southern Regional Education Board Academic Common Market (ACM), so if you’re a resident of a SREB state, you have the opportunity to go out of state for college and pay discounted tuition.

Why should I study in Delaware?

Though Delaware is one of the smaller states in the country, it’s got plenty of history. This founding state is the flattest in the US, making it super easy for students to get around by bike. Delaware is also in close proximity to major cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., meaning close proximity to great educational and professional opportunities like internships.

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