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The University of Delaware exists to cultivate learning, develop knowledge, and foster the free exchange of ideas. Founded in 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university.

The University of Delaware is a major research university with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. University faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural, and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars, and professionals. University graduates are prepared to contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity, and a dedication to service.


Living in the Blue Hens Community

The University of Delaware promotes an environment in which all people are inspired to learn, and encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry, and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

An institution engaged in addressing the critical needs of the state, nation, and global community, the University of Delaware carries out its mission with the support of alumni who span the globe and in partnership with public, private, and nonprofit institutions in Delaware and beyond.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2014?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 21,141

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 17,412
Women 10,058 58%
Men 7,354 42%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 12 <1%
Asian 774 4%
African American / Black 881 5%
Hispanic 1,236 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 17 <1%
White 13,184 76%
Two or More Races 466 3%
International 685 4%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 157 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UD undergraduates call home?
Delaware 38%
Other US States & Territories 58%
Other Countries 4%
How old are UD undergraduates?
Average Age 20
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 3%

New Student Applications (Fall 2014)

Of the 25,032 new freshman applicants, 66% were admitted and 25% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Delaware in Fall 2014.
Of the 1,231 transfer applicants, 58% were admitted and 60% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Delaware in Fall 2014.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 24 - 29  
Math 24 - 29 560 - 660
English 24 - 30  
Critical Reading   540 - 640
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 72%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 95%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 44%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.65
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $26,200

Tuition and fees for the following academic year are avaialable in July.

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Delaware varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


UD Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 13 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 58%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 85%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 1,174
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 40%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 21%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 89%

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Campus-based Housing

95% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
45% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

The University of Delaware Department of Public Safety works to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live and visit and is committed to providing quality service and protection to the entire University community.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at UD

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 95% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 96% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 43% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 87% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 34% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 72% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 87% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 36% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 92% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 59% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 66% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 85% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 78% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 67% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 84% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 68% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 86% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 89% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 87% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 81% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Delaware in 2013-14
Degrees awarded at University of Delaware in 2013-14
Associate's 281
Bachelor's 3,828
Master's 782
Doctoral 244
Total 5,135

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2013-14
Finance, General. 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 5%
Psychology, General. 4%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General. 4%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science. 4%
Links to degree programs at University of Delaware
Links to degree programs at University of Delaware






Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 96% four-year success and progress rate means that 96% of students starting in Fall 2008 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2008 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,499 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 352 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2013 that returned for their second year: 92%

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Student Learning at University of Delaware

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.