Get Ahead Program

Jump start your first semester!

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 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 your first semester, also enables you to become acclimated to the campus and to your professors, and to establish friendships early.

The Get Ahead program takes place during the University‚Äôs second summer session, July 10 - August 11, 2017. We are currently accepting applications on a space available basis. Please be aware that there is a required $100 deposit and a maximum number of students that can enroll in this program. 


Life as a Get Ahead Student

Move in on July 8 and get acquainted to campus. 

You will register for courses that would typically be taken in the fall or spring of your first year, allowing you to move ahead more quickly on your academic path or take a reduced course load during their first semester. You may earn up to seven or eight credits 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.

There will be a variety of informational meetings and social and recreational activities.  You will have access to the University gym, outdoor pool and various recreational facilities. 

Estimated Program Costs



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*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.  Students in all programs are considered for general grant funding.  The College of Engineering and Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics have also designated additional funding to support select students in the Get Ahead program.  

Any student interested in being considered for grant assistance should complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA no later than May 1, 2017 for consideration (Loans and PELL grants are available as long as the 2016-2017 FAFSA is completed by June 30, 2017).

Please note: the 2017-2018 FAFSA you may have filed at time of admittance is NOT applicable to this program.