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Online Colleges in Delaware

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If you live in Delaware and you want to earn a degree, but you're currently working or have other obligations, going to an online college might be a great option. There are a variety of schools in the state that can give you the opportunity to gain knowledge in a certain field of study without changing your lifestyle. Here are a few highlights about what's available in online education in Delaware.

  • 6 online colleges in Delaware offer associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs.
  • Associate degrees can be earned at 4 of these schools in Delaware, while bachelor's degrees and master's degree can be earned at 5 of them.
  • 2 of the online colleges are public while 4 are private. Delaware also hosts one of the country's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Delaware State University.
  • Wilmington University and Strayer University-Delaware offer the most online degree programs.
  • Although programs vary from school to school, most online colleges in Delaware offer fields of study such as business, marketing, education, and psychology.

Read on to see our list of the best online schools in Delaware, and what qualifications makes these particular colleges a great pick for students. Further down on the page, you can find information about Delaware-specific scholarships that can help make pursuing an online degree more affordable.

What Makes a Good Online College?

This page offers several comprehensive rankings on accredited schools in Delaware. Most schools on our list are accredited by the regional Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and some are accredited by national agencies such as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. However, every school you see on this page holds accreditation from an official accrediting body. To learn more about why this matters, see our page "What is College Accreditation?" For information about accreditation in Delaware, visit the Delaware Higher Education Office at the Delaware Department of Education.

However, accreditation isn't all that matters when it comes to selecting a school. To create our rankings, we looked at a variety of criteria that help describe the online experience, such as graduation and retention rates. We also looked at factors that can make a big difference in online learning, such as the presence and variety of academic and career services. Comparing these factors can help Delaware students make a well-informed choice about what online college may be best for them. To learn more about the points we studied for each school, check the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Delaware for 2018-19

It can be hard to find the right college — especially for distance learners, who can pick from every state in the U.S. Use this ranking of the best online colleges in Delaware to gain insight into the state's leading institutes for higher education. This list was created using data compiled from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and our own proprietary methodology. To learn more about our methodology, see the bottom of this article; to make rankings of your own, jump over to our Top Colleges Tool. Or, you can read on to learn about the six best online colleges in the First State.

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Methodology
1

University of Delaware, Newark

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,160
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7
School Type
4-year

The University of Delaware is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university whose history goes back to 1743 — which makes UDel older than the United States itself! Undergraduate students attending this venerated institute can pursue a fully online Associate of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) degree. Meanwhile, graduate students have online programs available to them such as:

  • Master of Science in cybersecurity
  • Master of Education in exceptional children and youth
  • Master of Arts in economics and entrepreneurship for educators

UDel also hosts a multitude of professional development certificate programs for its distance learners, as well as over 200 online courses. Online courses at UDel are delivered via video lectures, and coursework features interactive assignments, real-life case studies and group social interaction with professors and peers online.

2

Wilmington University, New Castle

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,940
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
46
School Type
4-year

Wilmington University's reach extends far beyond the flagship campus near the shores of the Delaware River. With its dozens of online graduate and undergraduate programs, Wilmington reaches students all over the nation, far beyond its multiple campus locations. The subjects taught at Wilmington include but are not limited to:

  • Media communication
  • Homeland security
  • Nonprofit management
  • School leadership

All online courses at Wilmington start on the first Monday of the fall, spring or summer semester and run in either seven- or 15-week formats. Coursework is not self-paced and follows the same syllabi as on-campus programs. Students should expect to spend between three and five days a week attending online classes to keep pace with peers in campus-based programs.

3

Delaware State University, Dover

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,868
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1891, Delaware State University is a historically black college with a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio. Through its online portal, DSU Online, the university offers undergraduate degree programs in subjects such as:

  • Criminal justice
  • Accounting
  • Public health

Additionally, the university hosts online master's programs such as:

  • Social work
  • Sports administration
  • Business administration

The university's online courses are supplemented by the Blackboard content management system. Some courses are fully online, while others are structured in a hybrid format. Students interested in enrolling in a graduate program at DSU must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and a 3.0 in their undergraduate major.

4

Wesley College, Dover

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$26,406
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1873, Wesley College is the oldest private college in Delaware. The college was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and Wesley College retains a strong link to the United Methodist Church. All full-time students at the college are paired with an academic advisor to help them map out the best sequence for their courses.

The college has a four-part core curriculum for all undergraduate students, including a capstone project in the student's major. Prospective students must have earned a 3.0 grade point average from a regionally accredited four-year college to be considered for admission, though students with a lower GPA can still apply for conditional admission. Students interested in the online M.S. degree in criminal justice need a 2.5 GPA to be admitted into the program.

Affordable Online Colleges in Delaware for 2018-19

  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Delaware Technical Community College-Terry$4,84823%1dtcc.edu
    Delaware State University$7,86816%9desu.edu
    Wilmington University$10,94068%46wilmu.edu
    University of Delaware$13,1608%7udel.edu
    Strayer University-Delaware$13,85795%32strayer.edu

Financial Aid Resources in Delaware

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Delaware?

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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