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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 2013?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 20,550

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 16,871
Women 9,707 58%
Men 7,164 42%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 13 <1%
Asian 718 4%
African American / Black 834 5%
Hispanic 1,144 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 19 <1%
White 12,789 76%
Two or More Races 428 3%
International 723 4%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 203 1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do UD undergraduates call home?
Delaware 39%
Other US States & Territories 57%
Other Countries 4%
How old are UD undergraduates?
Average Age 20
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 3%

New Student Applications (Fall 2013)

Of the 24,657 new freshman applicants, 63% were admitted and 10% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Delaware in Fall 2013.
Of the 1,291 transfer applicants, 62% were admitted and 57% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Delaware in Fall 2013.

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 - 29 550 - 660
English 23 - 29  
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 96%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 47%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.50
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: $25,612

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 2012 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 15 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 59%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 84%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 1,176
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 40%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 19%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 86%

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Campus-based Housing

94% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
44% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

It is the goal of the University of Delaware Department of Campus and Public Safety to do everything possible to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live, and visit.

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 (NSSE). 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% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 96% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 43% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 87% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 34% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 72% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 41% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 36% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 92% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 66% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 66% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • <1% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 58% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 81% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 94% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 78% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 67% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 80% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 68% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 86% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 89% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • <1% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Delaware in 2012-13
Degrees awarded at University of Delaware in 2012-13
Associate's 258
Bachelor's 3,827
Master's 732
Doctoral 231
Total 5,048

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Finance, General. 8%
General Studies. 7%
Psychology, General. 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 5%
Accounting. 5%
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 2007 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2007 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,570 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 462 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2012 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.