Help Me Find a College: Delaware

Where to Start Looking to Find Delaware Colleges

Delaware Highway SignThe 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 62 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.

Delaware Colleges Summary
Websites
Colleges
Public Private
Number 2 3
Students 80.4% 19.6%
50-50 1 0
5/4 Yr Grad Rate 53.5% 29%
Test Scores

SAT Avg 75%
Critical Reading 451 530
Math 457 530
Top Ten Colleges Applied To
  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Drexel University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Maryland
  • Wesley College Delaware
  • West Virginia University Morgantown
  • Salisbury University
  • Temple University

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 does a fairly good job of providing relevant information with website links that work. The website has a listing of college planning events, Delaware institutions,  and links to other useful resources.

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

Delaware has five four-year (public and not-for-profit) institutions with 500 or more full-time undergraduates. Three are private not-for profit colleges and two public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 24,997 students, 19.6% attend private colleges and 80.4% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges was 29% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 53.5%. One university meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile  requirements.

The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Delaware was 451 for Critical Reading and 457 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 530 for Critical Reading and 530 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

  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Drexel University
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University of Maryland
  • Wesley College Delaware
  • West Virginia University Morgantown
  • Salisbury University
  • Temple University
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Towson University
  • Wilmington University
  • James Madison University
  • Neumann College
  • University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
  • Delaware Technical Community College Dov
  • Delaware Technical Community College New
  • Delaware Tech Community College Owens Ca
  • University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate

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 January of 2014 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Delaware Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores

Name
Type
Full-time
Under-
graduates
4/5 Yr
Grad
Rate
%
Admitted
SAT CR
75th%
SAT
Math
75th%
ACT
75th%
Net
Price
Delaware State UniversityPublic344529434704702012772
Goldey-Beacom CollegePrivate5418706
University of DelawarePublic1664278596406602813376
Wesley CollegePrivate133917634704752329245
Wilmington UniversityPrivate35711413222

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