2022 best colleges in Delaware best-colleges

While Delaware offers relatively few universities compared to surrounding states, the University of Delaware has been a pioneer in several fields. In addition to establishing the first study abroad program in the United States, UD is also home to the Institute of Energy Conservation, the first institute dedicated to photovoltaic research worldwide. For students ready to take off into other career fields, Delaware State University features one of the top aviation schools on the East Coast. The state’s only law school, Widener University Delaware Law School, is known for its green practices and strong environmental law program.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Delaware

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Admission rate: 66%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $17,220

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $67,298

Vs. state average: + $18,674

Economic score: 1.28

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#2 in Delaware

Goldey-Beacom College

Wilmington, Delaware

Admission rate: 56%

Grad rate: 47%

Net cost: $14,504

Payback: 3.7 Years

Earnings: $45,965

Vs. state average: - $2,659

Economic score: 3.92

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#3 in Delaware

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

Admission rate: 40%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $12,995

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $42,994

Vs. state average: - $5,630

Economic score: 4.02

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#4 in Delaware

Wilmington University

New Castle, Delaware

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 43%

Net cost: $14,683

Payback: 3.5 Years

Earnings: $48,187

Vs. state average: - $437

Economic score: 3.52

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#5 in Delaware

Wesley College

Dover, Delaware

Admission rate: 59%

Grad rate: 35%

Net cost: $24,846

Payback: 5.2 Years

Earnings: $47,181

Vs. state average: - $1,443

Economic score: 5.32

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