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Rank: 68

University of Delaware

Newark, DEwww.udel.edu/
The University of Delaware, which traces its history to 1743, is one of the oldest universities in the United States. Today it is a major research university, with more than 150 majors for its 19,2015 undergrads to choose from -- everything from climatology to criminology. UD is a land-, sea-, and space-grant university, meaning it commits to researching and teaching fields related to agriculture, marine, and space through an agreement with the U.S. government. (Most universities with such agreements only claim one or two grant titles.) It also has some niche offerings and facilities, such as a world-renowned figure skating training center. The university places high in MONEY's rankings in part because of its affordability, coming in at under $100,000 for the net price of a degree. (Less than 20% of Money's ranked schools do.) Students also do well when they leave: Alumni report earning an average of $54,000 within a few years of graduation. Ever mindful of the importance of creating global citizens, the University of Delaware helped invent the modern system of collegiate study abroad, when a UD professor created a year-long program in France in 1923. Today, about 40% of Blue Hens take advantage of that opportunity, a high percentage for research universities.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$28,500
% of students who get any grants
63%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,100
Average price for low-income students
$11,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
70%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1170/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
20,550
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
56%
% of students who get merit* grants
20%
Average merit grant
$7,568
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$24,200
Average salary within 3 years
$54,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
39%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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