Pathways for Delawareans

Putting Delawareans First

Commitment to Delawareans

The University of Delaware is committed to providing an affordable, top-quality education to the residents of our state. Historically, around 90% of Delawareans who apply are admitted to UD, with approximately 65% gaining a place on our main campus and approximately 25% admitted to the University’s Associate in Arts Program. 

Delawareans who apply for admission by the deadline of January 15, can be confident they will never compete with non-Delawareans for spaces at the University.

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The best way to learn about UD's community is to schedule a visit to see campus and learn more. 

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Success at UD

UD students are more likely to graduate in four years—and with less student debt. That’s why we’re rated a “best value” year over year. 

Set a career path and build professional connections in preparation for life after graduation by working with the Career Services Center at UD. Six months after graduation, 95% of our students are employed or pursuing further education.

Delaware First

Delaware first. These words embody a commitment we take very seriously at UD. As Delaware's flagship university, this is a commitment to the residents of our state to provide an affordable, top-quality education. Delawareans who apply for admission by the deadline of January 15 can be confident they will never compete with non-Delawareans for spaces at the University.

Test-Optional Admissions Policy

A new pilot program will give Delaware residents the ability to choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

We encourage all students to take the SAT/ACT seriously and do their best. The College Board's entire suite of assessments, along with free test prep from Khan Academy, is a valuable tool to improve college readiness.

Admissions Guidelines

First in Financial Accessibility

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified* residents of our state. We pledge to ensure financial aid is available to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.

This means a qualified student can attend the University with the assurance that their family will not be asked to contribute more than their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. While students are asked to invest in their education by borrowing 25% of costs in loans each year (or pay if they decline to borrow). Our goal is to ensure that students graduate with debt that is manageable and the earning potential from their bachelor's degree far outweighs, over time, what they are responsible to pay back. The University commits grants and scholarships that will be made available to cover their remaining financial need.

*Students admitted as first-time freshman qualify for On-Campus Grant. 

Associate in Arts Program

The University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program (AAP) offers Delaware students a two-year path to an associate’s degree with an option to continue to a bachelor's degree program.

The program is on Delaware Tech campuses in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington.  It offers only University of Delaware courses – the same courses taught on the Newark campus – taught exclusively by University of Delaware faculty. 

The Associate in Arts courses simultaneously fulfill the core requirements for majors leading to the bachelor’s degree. Associate in Arts students enjoy an uninterrupted transition from the associate degree program to a bachelor degree program. Most students relocate to Newark for their junior year to complete their University of Delaware four-year degree.

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Dual Enrollment Program: Associate in Arts Program and the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing

Beebe Healthcare's Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and the University of Delaware have partnered in a new program designed to provide an educational pathway for nursing students in Sussex County through UD's Associate in Arts Program (AAP) at their Georgetown Campus. 

Beginning fall 2017, students will dually enroll in the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and in the UD Associate in Arts Program (AAP). They will earn both a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Arts degree. After successful completion of the Diploma program, students can work as a registered nurse while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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Dual Enrollment Nursing Application

Tuition and Fees for Delaware Residents

Find out what it could cost you to attend UD. For an individualized estimate of the financial aid you may expect from the University, fill out the Net Price Calculator.

Net Price Calculator

2016-2017 Direct Expenses (Fall and Spring Semesters*)

Tuition $11,540
Room (Standard Double) $7,316
Board $4,752
Health Service Fee $454
Comprehensive Student Fee $598
Student Center Fee $238
Total $24,898
* New rates are released every July. See for the most up-to-date costs. Optional winter & summer sessions are charged separately.
† Actual rates for room vary owing to different housing arrangements. Amount shown is standard rate for first-year double room. 

2016-2017 Direct Expenses (Fall and Spring Semesters*)

Tuition $3,830
Registration Fee $30
Technology Support Fee $216
Student Service Fee $40
Total $4,116
* New rates are released every July. See for the most up-to-date costs.

Meet Your Admissions Counselor

Our admissions counselors are ready to answer your questions. 

New Castle County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Alexis I Du Pont High School Eliana Waite
Appoquinomink High School Alejandra McFern
Aquinas Academy Jaclyn Tatnall
Archmere Academy Jaclyn Tatnall
Brandywine High School Eliana Waite
Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School Dr. Zander
Caravel Academy Eliana Waite
Charter School of Wilmington Eliana Waite
Christiana High School Eliana Waite
Concord Christian Academy Jaclyn Tatnall
Concord High School Eliana Waite
Conrad Schools of Science Eliana Waite
Delaware Military Academy Eliana Waite
Delcastle Tech High School Eliana Waite
Duncan Road Academy Jaclyn Tatnall
Fairwinds Christian School Jaclyn Tatnall
Glasgow High School Eliana Waite
Hodgson Voc Tech High School Eliana Waite
Howard High School Technology Eliana Waite
James H Groves Adult HS Eliana Waite
John Dickinson High School Eliana Waite
Layton Prep Eliana Waite
Middletown High School Alejandra McFern
MOT Charter Alejandra McFern
Mount Pleasant High School Eliana Waite
New School Jaclyn Tatnall
Newark Charter School Dr. Zander
Newark High School Eliana Waite
Padua Academy Lisa Prescott
Positive Outcome Charter School Jaclyn Tatnall
Red Lion Christian Academy Jaclyn Tatnall
Salesianum School Jaclyn Tatnall
Sanford School Kelly Ball
Sarah Pyle Academy for Academic Intensity Eliana Waite
St. Andrew's School Kelly Ball
St. Elizabeth High School Amanda Gearhart
St. Marks High School Jaclyn Tatnall
St. Georges Technical High School Alejandra McFern
Tall Oaks Classical School Jaclyn Tatnall
The Tatnall School Kelly Ball
Thomas McKean High School Eliana Waite
Tower Hill School Kelly Ball
Towle Institute Jaclyn Tatnall
Ursuline Academy Lisa Prescott
William Penn High School Eliana Waite
Wilmington Christian School Jaclyn Tatnall
Wilmington Friends School Kelly Ball
Kent County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Caesar Rodney Sr High School Alejandra McFern
Calvary Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Capitol Baptist School Alejandra McFern
Central Christian School Alejandra McFern
Dover Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Lake Forest High School Alejandra McFern
Polytech HS Kent County Alejandra McFern
Smyrna High School Alejandra McFern
St. Thomas More Academy Alejandra McFern
Sussex County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Cape Henlopen High School Alejandra McFern
Delmar Junior-Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Delmarva Christian High School Alejandra McFern
Greenwood Mennonite School Alejandra McFern
Indian River High School Alejandra McFern
Laurel Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Milford First Baptist Christian School Alejandra McFern
Milford Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Seaford Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Seaford Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Sussex Central Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Sussex Technical High School Alejandra McFern
Woodbridge High School Alejandra McFern

“Over 60” Tuition-Free Degree Program

At the University of Delaware, we believe learning is for everyone. The “Over 60” program encourages adult students to continue their studies without the burden of tuition.

"Over 60" Degree Program Application