Pathways for Delawareans


Delaware First

These words embody a commitment to providing an affordable, top-quality education to the residents of our state. Historically, around 90% of Delawareans who apply are admitted to UD, with approximately 65% gaining a place on our main campus and approximately 25% admitted to the University’s Associate in Arts Program.


Delawareans who apply for admission by the deadline of January 15th can be confident they will never compete with non-Delawareans for spaces at the University.

First in Financial Accessibility

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified* residents of our state. We pledge to ensure financial aid is available to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.

This means a qualified student can attend the University with the assurance that their family will not be asked to contribute more than their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. While students are asked to invest in their education by borrowing 25% of costs in loans each year (or pay if they decline to borrow). Our goal is to ensure that students graduate with debt that is manageable and the earning potential from their bachelor's degree far outweighs, over time, what they are responsible to pay back. The University commits grants and scholarships that will be made available to cover their remaining financial need.

*Students admitted as first-time freshman qualify for On-Campus Grant. 

Test-Optional Admissions Program

Delaware residents have the ability to choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

We encourage all students to take the SAT/ACT seriously and do their best. The College Board's entire suite of assessments, along with free test prep from Khan Academy, is a valuable tool to improve college readiness.

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Associate in Arts Program

The University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program (AAP) offers Delaware students a two-year path to an associate’s degree with an option to continue to a bachelor's degree program.

Students who enroll in AAP begin their UD college career at a campus of their choice, in either Georgetown, Dover or Wilmington. The program offers only University of Delaware courses – the same courses taught on the Newark campus – taught exclusively by University of Delaware faculty. The AAP has an added benefit: for students who qualify for a SEED Scholarship, your tuition could be free!

The Associate in Arts courses simultaneously fulfill the core requirements for majors leading to the bachelor’s degree. Associate in Arts students enjoy an uninterrupted transition from the associate degree program to a bachelor degree program. Most students relocate to Newark for their junior year to complete their University of Delaware four-year degree.

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Beebe Healthcare's Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and the University of Delaware have partnered in a new program designed to provide an educational pathway for nursing students in Sussex County through UD's Associate in Arts Program (AAP) at their Georgetown Campus. 

Beginning fall 2017, students will dually enroll in the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and in the UD Associate in Arts Program (AAP). They will earn both a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Arts degree. After successful completion of the Diploma program, students can work as a registered nurse while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Dual Enrollment Nursing Application

Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education

Are you interested in pursuing a teaching career? The Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) Program prepares outstanding elementary, middle school and special education teachers to meet the challenges of educating today’s diverse student population. At our Georgetown and Wilmington campuses, you can earn an associate in arts degree while engaging in the same education courses and field research that you would find on the Newark campus. After successful completion of the Associate in Arts Program, you can transition to UD’s Newark campus as a junior to complete your bachelor of science in education.

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Tuition and Fees for Delaware Residents

Find out what it could cost you to attend UD. For an individualized estimate of the financial aid you may expect from the University, fill out the Net Price Calculator.

Net Price Calculator 

Undergraduate Newark Campus Rates

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*Individual costs may vary based on program of study.  Students enrolled in the Lerner College of Business and Economic, the College of Engineering, and the School of Nursing will be assessed a differential charge, which helps align resources with the cost of instruction in these Colleges.

Additional information on tuition rates and fees, including part-time tuition, special sessions costs, and a breakdown of mandatory (and related) fees, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Additional information on tuition rates and fees, including part-time tuition, special sessions costs, and a breakdown of mandatory (and related) fees, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Over 60 Tuition-Free Degree Program

At the University of Delaware, we believe learning is for everyone. The "Over 60" program encourages adult students to continue their studies without the burden of tuition.

"Over 60" Degree Program Application

Meet Your Admissions Representative

New Castle County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Alexis I Du Pont High School Eliana Waite
Appoquinomink High School Alejandra McFern
Aquinas Academy Eliana Waite
Archmere Academy Kelly Ball
Back to Basics Eliana Waite
Brandywine High School Eliana Waite
Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School Dr. Douglas Zander
Caravel Academy Eliana Waite
Charter School of Wilmington Eliana Waite
Christiana High School Tim Danos
Concord Christian Academy Eliana Waite
Concord High School Eliana Waite
Conrad Schools of Science Eliana Waite
Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security Eliana Waite
Delaware Military Academy Eliana Waite
Delaware School for the Deaf Eliana Waite
Delcastle Tech High School Eliana Waite
Fairwinds Christian School Eliana Waite
Freire Charter School Eliana Waite
Glasgow High School Tim Danos
Hodgson Voc Tech High School Eliana Waite
Home School - Delaware Eliana Waite
Howard High School Technology Eliana Waite
James H. Groves Adult HS Alejandra McFern
John Dickinson High School Eliana Waite
Layton Prep Eliana Waite
Middletown High School Alejandra McFern
MOT Charter Alejandra McFern
Mount Pleasant High School Eliana Waite
Mount Sophia Academy Eliana Waite
New School Eliana Waite
Newark Charter School Dr. Douglas Zander
Newark High School Tim Danos
Odyssey Charter School Eliana Waite
Padua Academy Lisa Prescott
Positive Outcome Charter School Alejandra McFern
Red Lion Christian Academy Eliana Waite
Salesianum School Eliana Waite
Sanford School Kelly Ball
Sarah Pyle Academy for Academic Intensity Eliana Waite
St. Andrew's School Kelly Ball
St. Elizabeth High School Eliana Waite
St. Marks High School Eliana Waite
St. Georges Technical High School Eliana Waite
Tall Oaks Classical School Eliana Waite
The Tatnall School Kelly Ball
Thomas McKean High School Eliana Waite
Tower Hill School Kelly Ball
Towle Institute Eliana Waite
Ursuline Academy Lisa Prescott
William Penn High School Eliana Waite
Wilmington Christian School Eliana Waite
Wilmington Friends School Kelly Ball
Kent County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Caesar Rodney Sr High School Alejandra McFern
Calvary Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Capitol Baptist School Alejandra McFern
Central Christian School Alejandra McFern
Dover Senior High School Alejandra McFern
James H Groves High School Alejandra McFern
Kent Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Lake Forest High School Alejandra McFern
Polytech HS Kent County Alejandra McFern
Smyrna High School Alejandra McFern
St. Thomas More Academy Alejandra McFern
Sussex County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Cape Henlopen High School Alejandra McFern
Delmar Junior-Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Delmarva Christian High School Alejandra McFern
Greenwood Mennonite School Alejandra McFern
Indian River High School Alejandra McFern
Laurel Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Milford First Baptist Christian School Alejandra McFern
Milford Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Seaford Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Seaford Senior High School  Alejandra McFern
Sussex Academy Alejandra McFern
Sussex Central Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Sussex Technical High School Alejandra McFern
Woodbridge High School Alejandra McFern