Get Ahead Program


Come to campus early this summer and get ahead on your academic track and the ins and outs of campus life.

The Get Ahead program at the University of Delaware, run through the office Office of Academic Enrichment, is an academically intensive five-week residential program for any incoming first-year student admitted to the University who wishes to get an early start on his/her academic career. The program, which takes place during the summer preceding their first semester, also enables first-year students to become acclimated to the campus and to their professors, and to establish friendships early.

Get Ahead participants take courses that would typically be taken in the fall or spring of their first year, allowing them to move ahead more quickly on their academic path or take a reduced courseload during their first semester. Students may earn up to seven or eight credits—at a 36 percent discount—through coursework in mathematics, English, and a one-credit Academic Self-Management (ASM) class. (Course placement and number of credits depends on results of university placement exams and choice of major.)

The Get Ahead program takes place during the University’s second summer session, July 11-August 12. We are currently accepting applications on a space available basis. Please be aware that there is a maximum number of students that can enroll in this program.

Estimated Program Costs

  Delaware Resident Non-Resident
Tuition* $2,106 $5,648
Program Fees (Housing, Dining & Program Costs) $3,278 $3,278
Total Costs $5,384 $8,926

  *Tuition is assessed at 36% discount off the standard per-credit rate


Financial Aid

Students participating in Get Ahead have the option of applying for financial aid for the summer.

In addition, limited grant assistance is available to participants of sponsored programs housed in the colleges.

Please note: the 2016-2017 FAFSA is NOT applicable to this program. Therefore, any student interested in applying for aid must complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA no later than June 30, 2016 in order to be considered for loans and Pell Grants.

Contact Us



210 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716

Download our Get Ahead brochure.