student sitting in classroom participating in UD edge program

Edge Summer
College Program

The Edge summer college program at the University of Delaware offers opportunities to talented high school students across the country moving into their junior or senior year, as well as recent high school graduates transitioning to college this fall. Students have the chance to learn at one of the most engaging colleges on the East Coast.


*COVID-19 Update: The 2021 Edge program will be held virtually this summer.

Why Edge?

The UD Edge summer college program prepares high school students moving into their junior or senior year for a future as a successful college student. By emphasizing academic excellence, practical skill-building and student leadership, Edge offers you the challenge, independence and excitement of a learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.

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

  • Take up to three virtual college-level courses, taught by excellent UD faculty members, for up to nine transferrable credits
  • Participate in a pre-college readiness workshop led by experienced college admissions professionals, where you'll gain insight into the college application process, including what it takes to create a competitive college essay
  • Engage with leaders and undergraduate students across campus to learn from their stories of personal growth, resiliency, leadership and success

Program Dates

Edge kicks off with a virtual convocation on July 11, 2021. Classes will run from July 12 - Aug. 13, 2021.


June 4, 2021: Priority deadline to submit applications. 

June 18, 2021: Priority deadline for submission of all enrollment forms and the $100 program deposit fee. Enrollment forms and deposits may be accepted after the priority deadline until capacity is reached. 

July 7, 2021: Program fees must be paid in full. 

July 11, 2021: Virtual convocation to take place at 12 p.m.

July 12, 2021: Classes begin.

August 13, 2021: Final exams and virtual commencement (TBD)

How to Apply

To apply to the 2021 Edge session, please complete the following steps by June 4, 2021. 

✓ Submit the online application, essay, and a $60 application fee. Application fee waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email for more information. 

✓ Submit an electronic copy of your most recent unofficial high school transcript. You can submit this on your own or have a school counselor do it for you

✓ Have a teacher, mentor or school counselor submit a letter of recommendation


Apply to Edge

EDGE Course Information

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.

All Edge students will enroll in the Edge seminar course (UNIV 167) designed to help students learn techniques and skills correlated with college success, as well as gain insight into the college application process from experienced college admissions professionals.

Students can take up to three Edge exclusive courses for a maximum of nine college credits. 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.

BISC 106 Elementary Human Physiology (9:45-11:15 AM M-F, 3 credits): This lecture focuses on the structure and function of humans; mechanisms of maintenance and reproductive behavior.

EGGG 100 Introduction to Engineering Product Design (8:00-9:30 AM M-F, 3 credits): This course introduces students to engineering product design through both theory and hands-on practice. Students will apply the four-phase engineering design process to understanding, designing, and testing product designs. The course will provide an introduction to computer aided design (CAD), manufacturing, and design validation concepts.

ENTR 350 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (11:30 AM-1:00 PM M-F, 3 credits): 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.

ENGL 210 Introduction to Short Story (11:30 AM-1:00 PM M-F, 3 credits): In English 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.

HDFS 201 Life Span Development (8:00-9:30 AM M-F, 3 credits): Exploration and understanding of the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the individual from infancy through old age in the context of the family.

PHIL 204 World Religions (1:15-2:45 PM M-F, 3 credits): 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.

UNIV 167 Edge Seminar (3:30-5:00 PM T, TH; 0 credits; Pass/Fail): The Edge Seminar course is designed to assist you with the transition from high school to college. The seminar will help you acquire the skills necessary to take responsibility for your educational experience and become a self-directed learner. You will be introduced to the college admissions process and topics focused on leadership, career exploration, goal setting, and time management.

Program Fees

The Edge program fee covers tuition for your courses. It does not include the cost of books.

•  Program fee: $3,680.

There is a non-refundable, one-time deposit of $100 that is due on June 18, 2021. All bills must be paid in full by July 7, 2021. 

Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Edge Summer College Program is competitive and selective. Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Be a rising high school junior or senior (by summer of 2021)
  • 3.0+ cumulative GPA
  • Evidence that demonstrates strong academic potential, good judgement and maturity, and the ability to succeed in a highly structured environment


Edge Program Contacts


Nakia Mack, M.Ed.

Director of Pre-College Programs


Tim Danos, M.P.A. 

Assistant Director of Pre-College Programs


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

Phone: (302) 831-8123

Fax: (302) 831-6905