Edge Pre-College Program

Become a university scholar this summer

The Edge pre-college program at the University of Delaware offers exclusive opportunities to engaged and talented high school sophomores and juniors across the country. Students have the chance to live and learn at one of the most engaging college campuses on the East Coast.

Why Edge

The UD Edge pre-college program prepares rising high school juniors and seniors for a future as successful college scholars. By emphasizing academic excellence, practical skill-building and student leadership, Edge offers you the challenge, independence and excitement of a living and learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.

From mid-July to mid-August, you will:

  • Live together in a state-of-the-art residence hall located on UD's beautiful Newark campus
  • Take two college-level courses, taught by UD faculty, for up to 7 transferrable credits
  • Participate in a pre-college readiness and resource workshop where you will learn about university resources, writing and research techniques, and the college application process
  • Take part in a variety of social and cultural educational activities 

Program Dates

Edge officially kicks-off with move-in to a University residence hall on July 9, 2017. Classes will run from July 10 - August 11, 2017

  • June 1, 2017

Deadline for all applications. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

  • June 15, 2017

Deadline for submission of all enrollment forms and the $100 program deposit fee.

  • July 9, 2017

Move-in day and Convocation

  • July 9, 2017

Classes begin

  • July 10, 2017

Last day of classes

  • August 11, 2017

Final exams 

How to apply

To apply to the 2017 Edge session, please complete the following steps by June 1, 2017:

✓ Submit the online application and essay response 

✓ Select the courses you wish to take during your Edge experience

- Please indicate alternate choices as instructed on the application, as enrollment in each class is limited and rosters are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

✓ Have a teacher, mentor or school counselor submit a letter of recommendation via the Edge recommendation form

✓ Submit high school transcripts via e-mail at edge@udel.edu

Applications received after June 1 will be considered on a space available basis.


Edge Course Information

General Information and Scheduling

Edge courses are designed to encourage you to expand your knowledge in new directions and to provide a supportive environment where learning is valued for its own sake.

Students must enroll in two courses for a minimum of 6 or, in the case of a class with a laboratory element, a maximum of 7 college credits.  Students will also enroll in a pass/fail, 0-credit required Edge Seminar (UNIV 167). Upon successful completion of Edge courses, students earn regular University of Delaware credit. Earned credits may be used at the University of Delaware to fulfill Breadth Requirements or can be transferred to other accredited colleges or universities.

Edge courses, taught by UD faculty, are college-level classes specifically aimed at high school students. Students enrolling in core courses will attend class with other Edge students.

You may also choose courses from UD's Second Summer Session offerings. In these courses, you will attend class with regularly matriculated college students.

The two classes in which you will enroll can be chosen from two different groups of courses. You may take any combination of courses from either the Edge core courses (open only to Edge students) or the Second Summer Session (open to all UD students).

Scheduling requires that some courses be held at concurrent times, prohibiting the pairing of certain classes. Every effort will be made to assign you to your top choices. 

Course Options

Generally, 3-credit courses meet daily, Monday through Friday, for 90 minutes. Class sizes are typically limited to 30 students to give you increased opportunities for class discussion and to ensure attention to your individual needs and interests. Classes are fast-paced, rigorous, and intense. You should expect to devote considerable preparation time to each class. Science and some math courses will also have additional lab times during the week.

You are expected to attend every class, be engaged in classroom discussions and activities, conduct yourself in a mature manner, and devote significant time to out of class studies. It is often suggested that you spend 2-3 hours preparing (studying and reviewing notes, reading, etc.) for every hour you spend in class.

Credits: 3

Introduction to computers: components and operations. Introduction to management information/decision support systems and the system development process. Emphasis on microcomputers and software packages used in business.

College: Business and Economics ( BE )

Department: Accounting and MIS ( ACCT )

In addition to the two classes you are scheduled for during the Edge program, we will engage you in weekly workshops designed to instill practical skillsets and college readiness.

The workshop is a 0-credit Pass/Fail designation listed on student's transcripts as UNIV167: EDGE SEMINAR. 

Credits: 4

Professor Benjamin Rohe

BISC207, Introductory Biology I, is the first course in a sequence that is taught at the University of Delaware. BISC207 is typically taken by biology majors and other science oriented students (for example, nursing, medical technology, engineering, agricultural sciences, etc.).

The course explores the unifying aspects of biology, i.e., it takes a molecular and cellular approach. We study cell structure, cellular respiration, photosynthesis and genetics. The laboratory in BISC207 focuses on experimentation, data analysis and scientific writing.

Credits: 3

Professor Linda O’Hara

This course focuses on understanding the basic concepts, tools, and practices of entrepreneurship and the development of entrepreneurial skills. The entrepreneurial process (opportunity recognition, resource marshaling, and team building driven by communication, creativity, and leadership) and business planning are emphasized.

Credits: 3

Professor Ray Peters

In ENGL 210, the short story is studied as a literary genre with emphasis on structure, technique, style, and theme. In order to develop critical reading and writing skills, class discussion and writing assignments will concentrate on the close reading and analysis of short stories from a variety of time periods and cultural perspectives. This summer we will compare short stories that are considered classics with American short stories considered to be the best published this year.

Credits: 3

Professor Alan Fox

In this course we will take a critical yet sympathetic view of a wide range of religious traditions, including Native American, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, Jewish, and Christian. This will require that we allow ourselves both to identify with and to maintain our distance from each of the traditions covered. We propose to explore textual roots and fundamental concerns, and to look for similarities and differences.

We will not be experts on World Religions after taking this course, but we will be more sensitive to the kinds of issues at stake in the study of religion, and more familiar with the origins and evolutions of today’s living religions, both Eastern and Western. In general, it must be remembered that this is a philosophy class, so that emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, clarity, and argumentation.

Student and Campus Life

Residence Halls

Edge students stay in an air-conditioned residence hall that is within easy walking distance of academic buildings and social facilities. Trained Edge Mentor staff members provide a community environment in the residence halls that promotes respect for individual differences while supporting personal growth and academic success. Available facilities are a study room, laundry room, kitchenette, and a large common lounge. 


Students share a fully-furnished, double-occupancy air-conditioned room. Males and females are housed separately, but are able to socialize and study together in main lounges and common areas.


All Edge students have a two-per-day meal plan (breakfast and dinner) that is included with the program fee. Snacks and other dining options are available at various food courts and student centers across campus. Students also have the option of purchasing university Flex points, which allows them to buy food and snacks outside of the dining hall (such as locations on Main Street.) For more information about Flex points, visit the official Flex Account page.

Campus Facilities

There are many recreational facilities on the UD campus that can be used by Edge students without charge. Basketball courts, large grassy areas, beach volleyball and tennis courts are all available on campus. The Carpenter Sports Building can also be used by students wishing to play basketball, climb a rock wall, or use exercise machines, to name just a few.

Program Fees and Financial Aid

Program Fees

The Edge program fee covers tuition for your courses, housing, a daily meal plan that includes breakfast and dinner, library privileges, lab fees, and all group recreational costs. It does not include the cost of books, any other meals, or spending money.

•  Delaware resident program fee: $4,600

•  Non-resident program fee: $7,100

There is a non-refundable, one-time deposit of $100 that is due June 15, 2017. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid decisions are based solely on financial need. To apply for financial aid, students and parents/legal guardians must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Steps to filing the FAFSA can be found here, before beginning make sure you have a valid FSA ID and be sure to include the UD Federal School Code: 001431.

Parents or legal guardians who are University of Delaware employees can fill out an online webform to request a Course Fee Waiver for the tuition portion of the Edge program fee.

Edge Program Contacts

Address: 210 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19716-7202

Phone: (302)-831-8123

Fax: (302)-831-6905