UD and the State of Delaware
State-assisted yet privately governed, the University enjoys a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with the First State with a focus on providing access to quality education and building a stronger economy and community for Delaware residents and beyond.
State appropriations support about 12.9% of the University’s annual operating expenditures, most of which are used entirely to support the cost of educating Delawareans, augmented with funds from the University’s endowment. The University leverages this support to build 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.
Supplies, travel, and other
Current funds - state appropriations
|General unrestricted operations||$74,396,840||22,463,660||-||-||96,860,500|
|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
|College of Health Sciences||604,539||234,561||-||-||839,100|
|Delaware Biotechnology Institute||364,986||153,014||-||-||518,000|
Total state appropriations
"At the University of Delaware, we are committed to preparing our students, especially those from Delaware, to thrive in this ever-shifting landscape. An excellent UD education continues to be accessible and affordable, and new initiatives are helping to meet students’ needs both in and out of the classroom."
- Dennis Assanis, President
Advancing Delaware Students
Talented students and inspiring professors make the University of Delaware a dynamic learning environment, committed to the success of Delawareans.
This year, 7,480 Delawarean undergraduates are enrolled at UD, a record and an increase of more than 16% since 2009.
On average, UD admits 89% of Delawareans who apply, either to Newark or the Associate in Arts program throughout the state. This is far above the out-of-state admission rate of 68%.
As the flagship institution for Delaware, UD is fully committed in its partnership with the state to deliver an affordable, world-class education to all qualified Delawareans.
With a focus on accelerating access, UD creates a number of options to help Delawareans on their academic journey
Delaware applicants can be considered without their standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) if they demonstrate readiness for success.
Associate in Arts Program (AAP)
The Associate in Arts Program is an option for Delaware residents as a starting point for earning their bachelor's degree at UD.
College Readiness Scholars Institute
Open to low-income and first-generation students, CRSI provides free college readiness programming through a summer residential experience and follow-up throughout high school.