Wilmington University Admissions

Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Graduation Rates & More

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Wilmington University Description:

Wilmington University’s main campus is in New Castle, Delaware, about 30 miles southeast of Philadelphia. The university also has locations in Maryland and New Jersey, as well as other Delaware locations in Middletown, Dover, Dover Air Force Base, Georgetown, Rehoboth Beach, North Wilmington, and the Wilson Graduate Center. Wilmington University is primarily a commuter campus and does not offer student housing (but the school does help students find nearby rental housing). The university has a range of day, evening, and weekend classes designed to serve both traditional students and working adults. Wilmington University also offers many online degree programs, and hybrid courses that involve a mix of classroom and online learning. Among the school's 26 bachelor's degree programs, professional fields such as business, criminal justice, computer security and nursing are most popular. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Students looking to engage outside of the classroom can choose from a range of clubs and organizations including Game Club, Digital Film Making Club, Student United Way and Running Club. On the athletic front, the Wilmington University Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). The school fields 11 intercollegiate sports including basketball, cheerleading, women's lacrosse, and softball.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 15,316 (8,862 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male / 65% Female
  • 39% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,670
  • Books: $1,800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $6,000
  • Other Expenses: $1,800
  • Total Cost: $20,270

Wilmington University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 58%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $2,757
    • Loans: $3,244

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Behavioral Science, Computer and Network Security, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Nursing, Organizational Management, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 58%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 35%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 14%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 32%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Wilmington University Mission Statement:

see the complete mission statement at http://www.wilmu.edu/about/mission.aspx

"Wilmington University is committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students. As an institution with admissions policies that provide access for all, it offers opportunity for higher education to students of varying ages, interests, and aspirations."

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