Delaware Colleges Summary

Although Delaware is a small state, it offers big opportunities for higher education — both on campus and online. The public University of Delaware, in Newark, for example, is a research institution that has created both single courses and full master's degree programs online. Other Delaware colleges that offer programs on campus and online include private institutions like Wesley College, in Dover, and Wilmington University, in New Castle. The state's public Delaware Technical Community College system has four separate locations.

Higher Education Initiatives in Delaware

The state of Delaware participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows students to take online courses at schools based in other states. Accredited for-profit and not-for-profit schools can participate in SARA. Additionally, high school students in Delaware are encouraged to utilize the "Delaware Goes to College" website for resources and information about higher education.

Another noteworthy arrangement for state residents is the state's involvement in the Academic Common Market. This agreement enables eligible residents to enroll in a degree programs at public colleges in other states — the degree program is not offered at colleges in Delaware — and still pay in-state tuition.

Delaware Colleges: A Few Highlights

Delaware State University, founded in 1891, is one of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It continues to serve a diverse student body. The University of Delaware's international focus has been present for almost 100 years; it launched the nation's first study abroad program in 1923. Goldey-Beacom College, in 2016, debuted a new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program with a focus on entrepreneurial studies.

For more details on public institutions of higher education in Delaware, see


  • About GBC, Goldey-Beacom College, Accessed March 2018,
  • About WilmU, Wilmington University, Accessed March 2018,
  • Begin Your Journey, Delaware State University, Accessed March 2018,
  • Delaware Department of Education, Accessed March 2018,
  • UD Meets the World, University of Delaware, Accessed April 2018,
Education Institutes in Delaware
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Delaware
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,