University of Delaware Profile


Founded in 1743 as a small private academy, the University of Delaware closed in 1859, reopened as a state land-grant institution in 1870 and adopted coeducation in 1872. The university is now an independently chartered, state-assisted, land-grant, sea-grant, urban-grant and space-grant institution. It has private school characteristics, including a large endowment, a beautiful campus, many small classes, an award-winning technology network and a geographically mixed student body. It is a midsized university with 14,000 full-time undergraduates constituting 80% of its student population. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Science; Business and Economics; Engineering; Health and Nursing Sciences; Human Resources, Education, and Public Policy; and Marine Studies. Its University Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Program enable intellectually adventurous students to pursue rigorous academic coursework and engage in graduate-level research as early as freshman year. Its 300-member marching band and winning Division I athletic teams – Go Blue Hens! – are spirited symbols of our university community. And its location at the center of the east coast megacity that stretches from New York City to Washington, DC provides its students with the rich resources and professional contacts needed to move on to successful careers or into the nation’s leading graduate and professional schools. Its 1,000-acre campus is located in Newark, 12 miles from Wilmington, 30 miles from Philadelphia and 50 miles from Baltimore.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 57% of 26,225 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: December 1

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Important
Extracurricular: Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.78
SAT Math: 560-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading: 540-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 550-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 24-29 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $25,028  Out-of-state: $42,118
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $11,682 Out-of-state: $28,772
Room and Board: $11,046
Average Percent of Need Met: 75%
Average Freshman Award: $13,978
Average Indebtedness of 2011 Graduates: $31,002


Academic Calendar System: 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum:  Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 1,190
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-59 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

E-mail: (None)
Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 1 – Final deadline March 15
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 001431: Free

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