Where to Start Looking to Find Delaware Colleges
The Delaware Higher Education Office has recently launched the Delaware Goes to College website. It is designed to be the resource for families and students to navigate the college planning process. Most of the website consists of links to other websites including The Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement that offers a Financial Aid University program.
You can probably avoid clicking on most of the links by just downloading the Delaware Scholarship Compendium PDF. This 60 plus page publication provides an overview of financial aid, including sources and how to apply as well as a chart showing the value of a college degree. It has a section on choosing your college which lists questions to ask yourself as well as the college and factors on which to compare schools. Readers will find the usual college planning timeline but only for the senior year.
The bulk of the document is the listing and description of scholarship programs, general and state specific. You can look up the scholarships by deadlines or alphabetically. The last section covers Delaware Financial Aid Programs including how to apply, incentive programs, and information on the Academic Common Market.
The Delaware Goes to College website isn’t yet a replacement for the Delaware Higher Education Office website which is where Delaware students apply for financial aid. It also includes information on regional partnerships.
The other site you may want to visit is the College Loan Consultant. Users will find information on Delaware specific professional incentive programs with special loan repayment provisions. The website also provides a variety of loan calculators and financial aid information. It does not provide student loans for Delaware.
Some Numbers to Help You Find Delaware Colleges
There are four Delaware colleges (public and not-for-profit) with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. Two are private colleges and two public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 25,356 students, 19.4% attend private colleges and 80.6% attend public universities.
The average four-year graduation rate for private Delaware colleges was 21% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 56%. One university meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.
The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Delaware was 456 for Critical Reading and 459 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 530 for Critical Reading and 540 for Math. Of the three schools that reported SAT scores, only one had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state average in both categories.
The top 20 colleges SAT test takers in Delaware applied to:
- University of Delaware
- Delaware State University
- Drexel University
- Penn State University Park
- Wesley College
- Temple University
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania
- University of Maryland: College Park
- York College of Pennsylvania
- Salisbury University
- Wilmington University
- Towson University
- University of Pennsylvania
- West Virginia University
- University of Pittsburgh
- Neumann University
- James Madison University
- Delaware Technical Community College: Terry Campus
- Villanova University
- New York University
Delaware Colleges Conferences and Divisions
List of Delaware Colleges
In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in December of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.
Delaware Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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Name Type Full-
Delaware State University Public 3579 33 42 480 490 19 12713
University of Delaware Public 16852 79 65 630 650 29 14398
Wesley College Private 1416 11 62 470 475 23 22786
Wilmington University Private 3509 31 13633