Help Me Find a College: Delaware

Where to Start Looking to Find a College in Delaware

Delaware Highway SignFamilies looking for colleges in Delaware should start with the Delaware Higher Education Office website. While this isn’t a slick, student portal it 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. It is also where Delaware students apply  for financial aid.

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. The website provides a junior year checklist for downloading.

Delaware Find a College Summary
Websites
Colleges
Public Private
Number 2 3
Students 78% 22%
50-50 1 0
5/4 Yr
Grad Rate
54.5% 24%
Test Scores

SAT Avg 75%
Critical Reading 456 530
Math 462 540
Top Ten Colleges Applied To
  • University of Delaware
  • Delaware State University
  • Drexel University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • West Chester University Of Pennsylvania
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Wesley College Delaware
  • Towson University
  • Salisbury 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 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 a College

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 25,331 students, 22% attend private colleges and 78% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges was 24% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 54.5%. One university meets the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile  requirements.

The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Delaware was 4456 for Critical Reading and 462 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
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • West Chester University Of Pennsylvania
  • University of Maryland College Park
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Wesley College Delaware
  • Towson University
  • Salisbury University
  • Temple University
  • West Virginia University Morgantown
  • James Madison University
  • Johns Hopkins University Center For Tale
  • Delaware Tech Community College Owens Ca
  • University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate
  • Wilmington College Delaware
  • Neumann College
  • Virginia Polytech Institute State Univer
  • University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh

List of Colleges in Delaware

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 the fall of 2012 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Name
Type
Full-time
Under-
graduates

4/5 Yr
Grad
Rate

%
Admitted

SAT CR
75th%

SAT
Math
75th%

ACT
75th%

Net
Price

Delaware State UniversityPublic346634434704702012772
Goldey-Beacom CollegePrivate512357518706
University of DelawarePublic1627275616506502813376
Wesley CollegePrivate1419182047047029245
Wilmington UniversityPrivate36621913222

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