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. Students have the chance to live and learn at one of the most engaging colleges on the East Coast.

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 living and learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.

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

  • Live with talented students from around the world in a university residence hall located on UD's beautiful Newark campus

  • Take two college-level courses, taught by excellent UD faculty members, for up to seven 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 

  • Take part in a variety of cultural experiences that allow you to build community and understand the benefits of living in a diverse world

Program Dates

Edge kicks off with move-in to a university residence hall on July 7, 2019. Classes will run from July 8 - Aug. 10, 2019.


May 1, 2019: Priority deadline to submit applications. 

May 15, 2019: 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, 2019: Move-in day and convocation at 12:00 p.m.

July 8, 2019: Classes begin. 

August 9, 2019: Final exams; students are allowed, but not required, to move-out of the residence hall following finals on Friday, August 9th.

All students must be moved out of the residence hall by 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10th.

How to Apply

To apply to the 2019 Edge program, please complete the following steps by May 1, 2019.


 Submit the online application and essay. The application fee is waived until April 1, 2019. 

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


Apply today!

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 will also enroll in at least one college-level course specifically designed for high school students and offered exclusively to Edge students. The Edge exclusive courses include course offerings in biology, business, education and the liberal arts. Edge students can take a second, non-Edge course, as long as the course has open seats and does not have restrictions or prerequisites. UD’s 2019 Summer Session catalog will be available in February 2019. We will update this site to include a link for you to view those courses.

The Edge exclusive courses offer a minimum of six or, in the case of a class with a laboratory element, a maximum of seven 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 207  Introductory Biology I (4 credits): 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.). BISC207 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.

ENTR 350 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (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 (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.

PHIL 204 World Religions (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.

HDFS 201 Life Span Development (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.

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 other amenities. Trained Edge mentor staff provide a community environment in the residence halls that promotes respect for individual differences while supporting personal growth and academic success. Available facilities include a study room, laundry room, kitchenette and a large common lounge.


Students share a fully furnished, double-occupancy, air-conditioned room. Once students have accepted the offer of admission to the Edge program and have submitted the $100 program deposit, they will have the opportunity to either request a roommate or be matched with a roommate who aligns with their interests, personality and preferences.


All Edge students have a two-per-day meal plan (breakfast and dinner) that is included with the program fee. Students can purchase lunch at a local Main Street eatery or from dining options on campus, such as the Trabant University Center, Perkins Student Center or Pencader Dining Hall. Students have the option of purchasing university Flex Points, which allows students to buy food and snacks outside of the dining hall.

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 courts 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 activities.

Program Fees and Financial Aid

Program Fees

The Edge program fee covers tuition for your courses, housing, a daily meal plan (including breakfast and dinner), library privileges, lab fees and all group recreational costs. It does not include the cost of books, cost of lunch or 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 May 15, 2019. 

The application for financial aid closed on May 1, 2019. We will not be able to provide financial aid for any applicants who apply after May 1, 2019.  

Edge Extension

Take your Edge experience further with Extension, support for students with disabilities.


For students admitted to Edge with a documented disability, additional support is available. Edge Extension expands on the collaboration, targeted coursework and mentoring the Edge program offers, giving students with disabilities more resources for success.

Students in Edge Extension will enroll in Metacognitive Strategies, a course that will challenge you with the critical skills needed for success in college and beyond. The course will discuss self-advocacy, the impacts of disabilities on learning and the methods useful for success in college. This course is combined with one-on-one academic coaching, allowing you time to ask questions and get assistance from our support staff.

The support Edge Extension offers goes beyond the summer. Throughout the year, Extension provides monthly video chats, newsletters and up to three one-to-one meetings with staff, all meant to reinforce the skills learned at UD.

Interested students complete the general Edge application. Academic eligibility requirements are the same for Edge and Edge Extension students. Admittance to Edge Extension is dependent on general Edge admission. Students interested in receiving Edge Extension services must provide documentation of a disability for consideration.

Interested? Contact Wes Garton, Edge Extension coordinator for more information, at wgarton@udel.edu or 302-831-7550.

Space is limited, so don’t delay!

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

Email: edge@udel.edu