The Green

UD and the State of Delaware

A Message from President Assanis

UD President, Dennis Assanis

The First State … the Diamond State … the Blue Hen State — Delaware is undoubtedly a special place. Those of us fortunate enough to live and work here know that this is home to a rich and broad diversity of cultures, histories, perspectives and opportunities. As I always say, Delaware has it all.

Without a doubt, Delaware’s greatest strength is its people. Wherever my wife, Eleni, and I go in the state, we are inspired by their energy and optimism.

The University of Delaware is inextricably tied to the state’s remarkable past, actively shaping its dynamic present and deeply engaged in realizing its exciting future. UD is proud of its extensive and enduring contributions to our state, and we are honored to be a part of Delaware’s vital growth and limitless potential. 

President Assanis Signature

Dennis Assanis
President, University of Delaware


Fueling Delaware's Economy


The University of Delaware has a

$3.2 Billion Impact 

in the state, fueling Delaware's economy. 


Supporting jobs statewide


of the state’s total workforce

$1.3 billion 

in earnings from those jobs

Spending Locally

$515 million

in capital spending by UD in 2019-2022

$167 million 

 spent by students and visitors annually

Returning a High Yield

$1.2 billion

in additional combined earnings for Blue Hen alumni, thanks to their UD education

$97 million 

generated in state tax revenue

* In operating appropriation

Educating Delaware’s Students for Success

Serving the First State’s Needs

Spending State Funds Responsibly

The State of Delaware’s annual appropriation supports about 13% of the University’s operating expenses. The appropriation is used to help provide lower undergraduate tuition rates for Delawarean students, as well as provide scholarships for Delawareans based on financial need. The University also uses funds from its endowment to augment this support. This results in an in-state undergraduate tuition rate that is more than 60% lower than the rate for non-residents; most Delawareans pay even less because of additional support.

The state appropriation is also used to support excellent programs for students, enable research projects that yield state-wide impact and support initiatives that engage and benefit the entire community.

The table below summarizes the University of Delaware's fiscal 2021 operating expenditures funded by State of Delaware appropriations. More detailed reports can be found at the Vice President of Finance website.



and wages



and awards

Supplies, travel, and other


Current funds - state appropriations

General unrestricted operations $74,396,840  22,463,660  - -  96,860,500 
State scholarships - -  11,542,800  -  11,542,800 


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources  3,572,334  1,303,308 -  1,454,558  6,330,200
College of Arts and Sciences  865,433  324,047 -  138,499   1,327,978
College of Business and Economics  1,241,689  469,738 -  110,973  1,822,400
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment  604,002  226,436 -  38,362  868,800
College of Education and Human Development  1,925,054  714,240  1,479  244,327  2,885,100
College of Engineering
 613,033  236,267 - -  849,300
College of Health Sciences  604,539  234,561 - -  839,100 
Biden School
 802,952   243,430  -  21,140  1,067,522

Other programs

Delaware Biotechnology Institute  364,986  153,014 - -  518,000
Diversity Enhancement  126,479  58,795 -  70,526  255,800

Total state appropriations

$85,117,341  26,427,496   11,544,279   2,078,384   125,167,500