The University of Delaware is a public research institution that is one of the oldest universities in the United States. It is publicly funded but privately governed, and has a strong tradition of 'distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society'.

Key Facts


  • #93 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022
  • #1  in Physical Therapy 
  • #15  in Criminology 
  • #8  in Chemical Engineering 
  • #12  in Homeland Security and Emergency Management 
  • #17  in Public Finance and Budgeting 

Year founded

  • 1743

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 18,946

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 4,024 

Student-faculty ratio

  • 13:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 60%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT 1241 / ACT 27

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.7

International student population

  • 4.8%

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 95% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,800 

Popular majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $34,310 / $12,864 (2018 – 19) 


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences.

  • More than 300 engaged student organizations and activities on campus
  • Over 140 undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs are offered
  • 115 Master’s and 44 Doctoral degree programs
  • Famous alumni include Joe Biden, 47th vice president of the United States and the member of the US Senate representing Delaware; Robert W. Gore, American engineer, scientist and inventor who invented Gore-Tex waterproof fabric
Kings alumni at University of Delaware

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