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University of Delaware Overview

University of Delaware is a public institution located in Newark, Delaware. Newark is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is University of Delaware Known For?

5,120 Undergraduate Awards
$42,857 Avg Cost After Aid
63% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at UD is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UD.
  • In 2017-2018, 98% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, UD bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $57,000 a year. That's about 40% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from UD to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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University of Delaware Rankings

We have ranked UD as #102 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. UD also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Delaware ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UD has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#49 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UD.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Educational Administration Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Food, Nutrition & Related Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Human Services College Factual
#3 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#4 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is University of Delaware?

Location of University of Delaware

Contact details for UD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 104 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2000
Website: www.udel.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/udelaware
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UDelaware

How Do I Get Into UD?

You can apply to UD online at: https://www.commonapp.org/explore/university-delaware

Admission Requirements for UD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UD?

63% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at UD is 63%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 66%.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to UD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Delaware  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Delaware  ( 560 to 670 )
200
800
UD received ACT scores from 35% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 29.

ACT English Scores for University of Delaware  ( 24 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for University of Delaware  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Delaware  ( 25 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Delaware?

$42,857 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UD is $42,857. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At UD, approximately 53% of students took out student loans averaging $9,432 a year. That adds up to $37,728 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UD is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Delaware Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,355 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,956 undergraduate students at UD, with 18,355 being full-time and 1,601 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UD

There are also 4,164 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,355 full-time undergraduates at UD, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Delaware students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 948
Black or African American 1,007
Hispanic or Latino 1,521
White 13,019
International Students 946
Other Races/Ethnicities 914

Geographic Diversity

Delaware students aren't the only ones who study at University of Delaware. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 97 countries are represented at UD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at University of Delaware

391 Took All Classes Online
2,697 Took At Least One Class Online
0.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at UD. In 2017-2018, 2,697 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UD has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Delaware for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UD

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Delaware was 0.3%. This is the #2,007 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UD regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UD majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 1%
Computer & Information Sciences 14%
Computer Engineering 4%
Education 16%
Engineering 6%
Information Technology 52%
Instructional Media Design 67%
Mechanical Engineering 12%
Public Administration 56%
Public Administration & Social Service 14%
Special Education 26%
Statistics 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UD ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UD.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Engineering #28
Mechanical Engineering #31
Public Administration #91
Engineering #106
Special Education #182
Public Administration & Social Service #201
Educational Administration #235
Nursing #452

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Delaware Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Finance & Financial Management 0 322 45 0 367
Liberal Arts General Studies 257 10 0 0 267
Business Administration & Management 0 138 124 0 262
Marketing 0 254 0 0 254
Economics 0 182 36 9 227
Nursing 0 191 28 4 223
Health & Physical Education 0 206 4 0 210
Teacher Education Grade Specific 14 177 3 0 194
Mechanical Engineering 0 159 21 6 186
Child Development & Psychology 0 160 4 7 171
Accounting 0 120 50 0 170
General Biology 0 145 16 5 166
Communication & Media Studies 0 136 8 0 144
Criminology 0 138 3 3 144
Public Health 0 124 14 0 138
Political Science & Government 0 123 9 3 135
Computer Information Systems 0 85 33 11 129
Chemical Engineering 0 84 13 20 117
Civil Engineering 0 76 24 13 113
Computer Engineering 0 44 39 17 100
Hospitality Management 0 87 12 0 99
General English Literature 0 90 5 3 98
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 85 1 0 86
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 86 0 0 86
Human Services 0 84 0 0 84
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 78 5 0 83
Natural Resources Conservation 0 71 3 4 78
Chemistry 0 41 11 26 78
Cognitive Science 0 77 0 0 77
Educational Administration 0 27 24 25 76
History 0 64 5 1 70
Biomedical Engineering 0 53 4 9 66
Management Information Systems 0 65 0 0 65
International Relations & National Security 0 65 0 0 65
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 62 0 0 62
Health Sciences & Services 0 53 9 0 62
International Business 0 32 25 0 57
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 57 0 0 57
Fine & Studio Arts 0 33 17 4 54
Electrical Engineering 0 52 0 1 53
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 50 0 50
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 50 50
Sociology 0 43 3 3 49
General Agriculture 0 48 0 0 48
Design & Applied Arts 0 44 4 0 48
Music 0 18 27 0 45
Romance Languages 0 43 0 0 43
Public Administration 0 0 43 0 43
Public Policy 0 43 0 0 43
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 20 16 5 41
Statistics 0 10 30 0 40
Special Education 0 0 39 0 39
Physics 0 21 5 12 38
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 12 17 5 34
Mathematics 0 30 3 1 34
Wildlife Management 0 31 0 0 31
Environmental Engineering 0 29 0 0 29
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 21 6 0 27
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 25 0 0 25
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 24 0 0 24
Animal Science 0 17 2 4 23
Information Technology 0 0 23 0 23
Plant Sciences 0 12 5 5 22
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 20 2 0 22
Communication Sciences 0 0 22 0 22
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 8 12 1 21
Historic Preservation 0 10 10 0 20
Information Science 0 0 19 0 19
Area Studies 0 12 7 0 19
Materials Sciences 0 0 6 12 18
Ethnic Studies 0 17 0 0 17
Allied Health Professions 0 17 0 0 17
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 16 0 0 16
General Education 0 0 3 13 16
Food Science Technology 0 11 4 0 15
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 3 8 4 15
East Asian Languages 0 14 0 0 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 8 5 1 14
Anthropology 0 14 0 0 14
Applied Mathematics 0 5 5 3 13
Urban Studies 0 0 7 6 13
Instructional Media Design 0 0 12 0 12
Other Health Professions 0 12 0 0 12
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 8 3 0 11
Geography & Cartography 0 7 2 2 11
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 3 7 10
Philosophy 0 10 0 0 10
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 10 0 10
Biotechnology 0 3 4 0 7
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 7 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 5 2 7
Nutrition Science 0 7 0 0 7
Homeland Security 0 0 5 2 7
Landscape Architecture 0 6 0 0 6
Teaching English or French 0 0 6 0 6
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 0 6
Natural Resource Management 0 1 5 0 6
Zoology 0 2 1 2 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 4 4
Ocean Engineering 0 0 1 2 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 3 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 1 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 271 4,849 1,042 317 6,479

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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