University of Delaware Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

University of Delaware
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The University of Delaware at Newark is the largest university in the state of Delaware. The university is made up of seven different colleges of which the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest. UD's College of Engineering and its College of Business and Economics often place well on national rankings. The University of Delaware's strengths in liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In athletics, the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 70%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Delaware
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530 / 640
    • SAT Math: 530 / 640
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 22 / 29
    • ACT English: 22 / 28
    • ACT Math: 22 / 28
    • ACT Writing: - / -

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 23,009 (19,215 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,830 (in-state); $32,250 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $12,068
  • Other Expenses: $1,500
  • Total Cost: $27,198 (in-state); $46,618 (out-of-state)

University of Delaware Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 84%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,242
    • Loans: $8,937

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 83%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Delaware Mission Statement

The complete mission statement can be found at

"The central mission of the University of Delaware is to cultivate both learning and the free exchange of ideas. To this end, the University provides excellent undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a variety of disciplines. Our graduates should know how to reason critically and independently yet collaborate productively. They should understand the cultural and physical world, communicate clearly in writing and speech, and develop into informed citizens and leaders. The University faculty has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, and teaching, which is grounded in a commitment to increase scientific, humanistic, and social knowledge for the enrichment of the larger society..."