University of Delaware

University of Delaware


At the University of Delaware, you’re more than a student. You’re a researcher. An explorer. An innovator. And you will take the connections you’ll make here—with ideas, professors and alumni—and transform them into powerful outcomes. Whichever one of our 150 undergraduate majors you choose, you’ll find our university is designed for collaboration— thanks to our medium-sized campus, abundance of undergraduate research opportunities and faculty committed to connecting with you and for you. UD is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive campus, promoting respect, and equity for people of different backgrounds.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound Classic and Math Science

UD’s Upward Bound programs combine academics with systematic academic support, general counseling and cultural enrichment experiences through summer residential programs and academic year experiences. The Upward Bound programs at the University of Delaware are part of the federal TRIO family of programs for equality in educational opportunity for students from low-income and first-generation college backgrounds. For more than 40 years, TRIO programs have assisted students from low-income families in which neither parent graduated from college, to prepare for higher education, gain admittance to college, and earn a baccalaureate degree. Learn more about Upward Bound Classic and Math Science

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College Readiness Scholars Institute (CRSI)

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts CRSI for Delawareans who are first-generation, often low income and from historically underrepresented groups. CRSI is a two-week program that provides an academic and social introduction to college life to rising high school juniors and seniors.

Student Life & Support U-First Living, Learning Community

First-generation students have the option of residing together in U-FIRST LLC, a living, learning community on campus for first-generation students interested in engaged learning. The goal of the U-FIRST LLC is to help students take part in forms of engaged social and learning experiences that will help them to fully benefit from the undergraduate experience. A team of committed faculty and staff assist with fostering college achievements by mentoring to prepare to apply and participate in opportunities towards student success; such as, first-generation student services, student organizations, undergraduate research/internships, and service learning. Learn more about U-First Living, Learning Community

Student Life & Support The First Generation Network

The First Generation Network is a consortium of resources within Residence Life and Housing that seeks to share, affirm and enhance the experiences of first-generation college students on the University of Delaware’s campus. The First Generation Network provides a platform to recognize and celebrate the confident, purposeful and persistent stories that first-generation college students bring to and create at UD. Each month they host a workshop that targets community building, skill development and story telling. They have partnered with a myriad of resources to cultivate these spaces. They also provide online components of each workshop that enables students to participate at varying levels.

Student Life & Support We're First

The University of Delaware Office of Residence Life and Housing hosts a student group called We’re First. This student-led group is designed to be a support network for first-generation college students. It exposes peers to on-campus resources and mentorship. Learn more about We're First

Student Diversity

  • 17,575
  • 42/58
  • 9%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 91%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 81%
    Six-year graduation
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 93%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 40%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,207
    Full-time faculty
  • 19
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business/Marketing, Engineering, Education, Health Professions and related programs, Social Sciences

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    We're First, Multicultural Fraternities and Sororities, ASPIRA at University of Delaware Student Chapter, Caribbean Student Alliance, Delaware African Student Association (DASA), HOLA, Black Student Union, Asian Student Association (ASA)


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,960
  • $11,540
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,290
    Required Fees
  • $12,068
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $75,062,490
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 70%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 40%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 11%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 26,595
    # of applicants
  • 63%
  • 3.65
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 540—640
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—660
    SAT Math
  • 540—650
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • $75
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date