Get Ahead Program

Jump start your first semester!

Get a jump start on your academic career with Get Ahead, a campus residency program that allows first-year students to start classes over the summer.


The Get Ahead Program at the University of Delaware is coordinated by the Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE). It is a five-week summer residential program (commuter option available) for students admitted to the University who wish to get an early start on their academic career.

Life as a Get Ahead Student

The program, which begins in July, is more than classes. We offer students an opportunity to:

  • Get acclimated to campus
  • Earn up to eight credits
  • Participate in weekly peer-led review sessions with experienced UD students
  • Potentially reduce their freshman course load
  • Build new relationships with instructors and fellow students
  • Live on campus (optional)
  • Enjoy meals in one of University of Delaware’s dining halls
  • Access to various recreational facilities, including the university gym and outdoor pool
  • Participate in fun, coordinated program activities off campus

The Get Ahead program takes place during the University’s second summer session. Program Dates: July 9 – August 10 (July 8 is move in day). Please be aware that there is a required $100 deposit (non-refundable fee) due June 1st. Space is limited.


Application and Selection Process

The application for the Get Ahead Program is currently closed for 2018. 

Estimated Program Costs



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Delaware Resident Commuting

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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 2017-2018 FAFSA no later than May 1, 2018 for consideration (loans and PELL grants are available as long as the 2017-2018 FAFSA is completed by June 30, 2018).

Please note: the 2018-2019 FAFSA you may have filed at time of admittance is NOT applicable to this program.

File the FAFSA