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University of Delaware Data & Information Overview

432 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
72% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Delaware Ranked?

#118 Best Colleges in Nation
#1 Best Colleges in DE
Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Delaware was awarded 432 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

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Overall Quality

UD landed the #118 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

UD also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Delaware ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into UD?

72% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
31% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, University of Delaware is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 72%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 31% of students accepted to UD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 585 and 670. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Delaware  ( 585 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Delaware  ( 570 to 670 )
UD received ACT scores from 6% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for University of Delaware  ( 26 to 31 )

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University of Delaware Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
98% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, University of Delaware is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Delaware is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Delaware

91% Freshmen Retention
72% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Delaware enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at UD for first-time, full-time students is 72%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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University of Delaware Undergraduate Student Diversity

17,912 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,328 undergraduates at UD with 17,912 being full-time and 1,416 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Delaware Cost?

$18,967 Net Price
48% Take Out Loans
$33,708 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of UD is $18,967. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for UD

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,726 $14,583 $17,260 $22,093 $25,409

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of UD, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UD, approximately 48% of students took out student loans averaging $8,427 a year. That adds up to $33,708 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UD is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do UD Graduates Make?

$67,298 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from UD with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $67,298 in their early years. This is good news for future UD graduates since it is 58% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of University of Delaware

Delaware State
17,912 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
University of Delaware is a public institution located in Newark, Delaware. UD is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for UD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 104 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2000

University of Delaware Majors

108 Majors With Completions
4,726 Undergraduate Degrees
1,186 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 108 majors graduated from University of Delaware. Of these students, 4,726 received undergraduate degrees and 1,186 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 274 $59,257
Marketing 220 $48,859
Health & Physical Education 186 $27,195
General Biology 184 $23,403
Nursing 184 $71,752
Communication & Media Studies 170 $41,737
Teacher Education Grade Specific 158 $42,454
Public Health 158 $30,641
Political Science & Government 148 $37,692
Criminology 135 $33,603

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Delaware along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at UD

66% Take At Least One Class Online
9% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 15,748 students took at least one online class at University of Delaware. This is a decrease from the 22,715 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 15,748 2,082
2019-2020 22,715 19,839
2018-2019 3,023 396
2017-2018 2,697 391
2016-2017 2,333 446

Learn more about online learning at University of Delaware.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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