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.

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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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. 


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

Interested in becoming an elementary school teacher? At the University of Delaware Georgetown campus, you can work toward 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 degree 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 

2018-2019 Direct Expenses (Fall and Spring Semesters*)

Tuition $12,250
Room (Standard Double) $7,798
Board $5,064
Health Service Fee $454
Comprehensive Student Fee $738
Student Center Fee $238
Total  $26,542
* New rates are released every July. See for the most up-to-date costs. Optional winter & summer sessions are charged separately.
† Actual rates for room vary owing to different housing arrangements. Amount shown is standard rate for first-year double room. 

Associate in Arts Program Rates*

Semester Costs DE Resident Non-Resident
Full Time Tuition (12+ credits) $2,034 $5,077
Mandatory Fees $155 $155
Semester Total $2,189 $5,232
Academic Year Total $4,378 $10,464
Indirect Costs $2,800 $2,800
Total Cost of Attendance $7,178 $13,264
* New rates are released every July. See for the most up-to-date costs.

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 Counselor


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
Brandywine High School Eliana Waite
Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School Dr. Doug Zander
Caravel Academy Eliana Waite
Charter School of Wilmington Adam Shutz
Christiana High School Tim Danos
Concord Christian Academy Eliana Waite
Concord High School Eliana Waite
Conrad Schools of Science Adam Shutz
Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security Eliana Waite
Delaware Military Academy Adam Shutz
Delaware School for the Deaf Eliana Waite
Delcastle Tech High School Eliana Waite
Duncan Road Academy Eliana Waite
Fairwinds Christian School Eliana Waite
Glasgow High School Tim Danos
Hodgson Voc Tech High School Eliana Waite
Howard High School Technology Eliana Waite
James H Groves Adult HS Alejandra McFern
John Dickinson High School Adam Shutz
Layton Prep Eliana Waite
Middletown High School Alejandra McFern
MOT Charter Alejandra McFern
Mount Pleasant High School Eliana Waite
New School Eliana Waite
Newark Charter School Dr. Doug Zander
Newark High School Tim Danos
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 Jaclyn Tatnall
St. Georges Technical High School Eliana Waite
Tall Oaks Classical School Eliana Waite
The Tatnall School Kelly Ball
Thomas McKean High School Adam Shutz
Tower Hill School Kelly Ball
Towle Institute Eliana Waite
Ursuline Academy Lisa Prescott
William Penn High School Alejandra McFern
Wilmington Christian School Eliana Waite
Wilmington Friends School Kelly Ball
Kent County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Caesar Rodney Sr High School Eliana Waite
Calvary Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Capitol Baptist School Alejandra McFern
Central Christian School Alejandra McFern
Dover Senior High School Eliana Waite
James H Groves High School Alejandra McFern
Lake Forest High School Alejandra McFern
Polytech HS Kent County Alejandra McFern
Smyrna High School Eliana Waite
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