University of Delaware (UD) is a state-assisted, privately governed university offering a wide range of degree programs. The UD has four associate's degree programs, 137 bachelor's degree programs, 117 master's degree programs, 50 doctoral degree programs and 12 dual graduate degree programs. The UD has seven colleges that collaborate with more than 60 research centers.
The University of Delaware is one of the oldest universities in the U.S. It has a rich history that produced three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution. UD receives substantial federal research and development funding for science and engineering programs, and is considered a "high research activity" institution.
The distinguished faculty of UD includes many well-known authors, artists and scientists. UD faculty members include Nobel laureates, Fulbright fellows, Guggenheim fellows, and more. Prestigious alumni of UD include Vice President Joseph Biden, Jr., and his wife, Jill.
Considered a Sea Grant institution, the UD conducts exploration of the sea via its 146-foot coastal research vessel, Hugh R. Sharp. Other UD facilities include the High Performance Figure Skating Center, and a new Science and Technology campus that is currently under construction.
The University of Delaware has many Study Abroad programs, offered on all seven continents. Service Learning programs provide students with the opportunity to get real-world experience while making a difference in the community. Students over 50 can pursue one of many Lifeline Learning Programs.
Founded in 1743 as a private academy, the University of Delaware is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. In 1833, it received its charter from the State of Delaware. In 1867, it was designated one of the nation's Land Grant colleges. The first graduating class of UD included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and one signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Today the University of Delaware is a Land Grant, Sea Grant and Space Grant institution with thriving research programs.
The academic calendar for the University of Delaware follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. There is also a shorter Winter Session that runs mid-January to mid-February, and two short Summer Sessions.
Colleges and Schools
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
- College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Engineering
- College of Health Sciences
In addition to the University of Delaware's seven colleges, there are numerous schools and departments that administer majors and minors, and report to the dean's of each college.
UD students will find many opportunities to get involved beyond the classroom by attending the distinguished speaker series or one of the many symposia offered on campus. There are numerous intramural and club sports available for new participants, and more than 300 student clubs and organizations, including 30 for graduate students. Student groups range in focus from culture to religion, profession to heritage, hobbies or special interests. Fraternities and sororities are active on campus as well. Music concerts, art exhibits and a host of cultural and recreational activities are available throughout the calendar year.
On campus housing is available, and there are also many groups available for involvement in Residence Life. Many dining options are available on campus, from dining halls to cafes.
The University of Delaware school colors are blue and gold, with white as an accent color. The team mascot is a "Blue Hen," nicknamed "YoUDee." The athletic teams are nicknamed the Delaware "Fighting Blue Hens" or UD "Blue Hens." The fans cheering in the stands yell "Go Hens!"
The mascot is symbolic of the courage of the Delaware Regiment that fought for the birth of the nation in the Revolutionary War. The Delaware Regiment was alternately nicknamed "The Fighting Delawares," "The Blue Hens' Chickens," and the "Fighting Blue Hens." The leader of one of the most courageous division of the regiment owned fighting cocks and supervised cockfighting. The Delaware General Assembly named the Blue Hen Chicken the official state bird in 1939, though the bird had been chosen as a mascot for the University of Delaware as early as 1911.
The University of Delaware "Blue Hens" athletic teams compete in many intercollegiate sports, including:
- Field Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
- Cross Country
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
In addition to its main campus in Newark, Delaware - referred to by Thomas Jefferson as a "jewel" among states - the University of Delaware has satellite locations across the State of Delaware. Satellite locations include:
The University of Delaware is considered an "engaged university" by making a comprehensive and sustained contribution to improving its surrounding communities. The UD research centers are important state and national assets.
Delaware is referred to as being situated "halfway between London and Los Angeles." The city of Newark ("New Ark"), the home of the main UD campus, offers the charm of a small college town that still has accessibility to the major metro areas and all the culture and entertainment students may seek.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students University of Delaware accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at University of Delaware is about 23,000, where graduate students make up roughly 20% of the student body.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,100. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $75 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- In-State: $11,000-$13,000
- Out-of-State: $30,000-$36,160
- Charges for part-time students are:
- State Residents: $470-$560 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $1,300-$1,500 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||74%||$9,347|
|Receiving Student Loans||53%||$8,623|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help support students, University of Delaware may provide services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
With a very high graduation rate of around 80%, University of Delaware is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||63%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||10%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||2%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dietetics Program
- English Language Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
University of Delaware is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Colonial Athletic Association)
- Basketball (Colonial Athletic Association)
- Field Hockey
- Football (Colonial Athletic Association)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, Indoor
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of Delaware by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Delaware.
- Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in Lincoln University, PA (13 miles away)
- West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, PA (21 miles away)
- Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in Cheyney, PA (21 miles away)
- Pennsylvania State University - Brandywine in Media, PA (24 miles away)
- Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ (33 miles away)