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Online Colleges in Delaware

Most Affordable Online Colleges

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Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014

Methodology Sources

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

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  9. Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton, https://www.dtcc.edu/our-campuses/stanton
  10. Delaware Technical Community College-Wilmington, https://www.dtcc.edu/our-campuses/wilmington
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Delaware has the distinction of being the first state in the United States after the Constitution was ratified in its capital city of Dover, in December of 1787. Ever since, Delaware has continued to play a crucial role in America's history — and its economy. The state is a leading domicile for U.S. and international businesses due to its favorable business laws and lack of corporate tax.

Delaware also plays a crucial role in providing higher education to residents and distance learners from out of state alike. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are seven colleges where students can earn associate degrees, and six institutes that award bachelor's and graduate degrees. Many of these colleges have robust online degree programs for students who live in the small state, as well as for those who reside far beyond its borders.

The University of Delaware is one of the oldest colleges in the country and has many fully online associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Delaware State University, meanwhile, offers five online bachelor's degree paths and four online graduate programs. Many students choose to get their academic journey started at Delaware Technical Community College, which has four locations in the state and boasts transfer agreements with many four-year institutions.

Best Online Colleges in Delaware for 2018

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.

1

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.
$10,670
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.
84.96%
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.
42
School Type
4-year

Wilmington University's reach extends far beyond the flagship campus near the shores of the Delaware River. The university has six locations across the state of Delaware, as well as five campus sites in New Jersey and one in Maryland. With its dozens of online graduate and undergraduate programs, however, Wilmington reaches students all over the nation, far beyond its campus locations. Just a few of the subjects taught at Wilmington include:

  • Media communication
  • Homeland security
  • Military leadership
  • Non-profit 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.

2

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.
$12,830
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.
7.13%
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.
5
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 online can pursue a fully online Associate of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN-to-BSN) degree. Meanwhile, graduate students have 13 online programs available to them, including the following:

  • 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 can be delivered in a variety of digital teaching formats, such as on-demand video lectures, interactive assignments and social interaction with professors and peers.

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.
$7,532
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.
11.57%
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 five undergraduate degree programs:

  • Criminal justice
  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Psychology
  • Public health

Additionally, the university hosts the following online master's programs:

  • Social work
  • Sport administration
  • Public administration
  • Business administration

The university's online courses are supplemented by the Blackboard content management system. Coursework is either fully online, or uses a combination of blended or web-enhanced class sessions. 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

Widener University-Delaware Law School

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.
N/A
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.
19.91%
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.
N/A
School Type
4-year

Delaware Law School at Widener University has provided education to approximately 12,000 practicing alumni since its founding in 1975. Many of the law school's programs dovetail with Delaware's strong presence in corporate law, bankruptcy and intellectual property.

Delaware Law offers online Master of Laws (LLM) programs geared toward business lawyers or law graduates who practice primarily in the areas of government, industry or private practice. The school offers a general LLM program, as well as the following specialty concentrations:

  • Corporate law regulatory analysis and compliance
  • Health law regulatory analysis and compliance

Both specialty programs have a strong emphasis on regulatory demands and compliance issues. Students interested in enrolling at Delaware Law School should note that graduating from an online LLM program does not, by itself, permit the student to take a bar exam in the U.S.

5

Delaware Technical Community College

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.
$3,774
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.
21.53%
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.
N/A
School Type
4-year

Part of Delaware Technical Community College's strategic direction for 2017 through 2021 is to transform traditional learning spaces by harnessing advanced technology and new media to better engage the college's student population. To that end, Delaware Tech offers a variety of online courses in various formats, including:

  • Web-enhanced courses that meet about 50 percent on campus
  • Hybrid courses that require less than 50 percent on-campus attendance
  • Online courses, which are 100-percent online

The college has transfer agreements with Delaware State University and Wilmington University, which is helpful for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree after finishing requirements for an associate degree. Delaware Tech also offers career counseling, individual and group tutoring sessions, and transfer assistance.

6

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.
$25,646
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.
2.79%
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 fulltime students at the college are paired with an academic advisor to help them map out the best sequence for their courses.

Wesley College offers two online graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in sport leadership
  • Master of Science in criminal justice

The college has a four-part core curriculum for all undergraduate students that includes 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 GPA less than that can 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

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Delaware

The following list of two-year colleges features institutions with particularly affordable tuition.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Delaware

This list features a handful of four-year Delaware colleges with some of the lower tuition costs in the state.

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 Type
Delaware State University$7,53211.57%94-year
Wilmington University$10,67084.96%424-year
University of Delaware$12,8307.13%54-year
Strayer University-Delaware$14,235N/A324-year
Wesley College$25,6462.79%14-year

College Accreditation in Delaware

Delaware students should make sure whatever college or university they select is properly accredited. Each state has a regional body that is responsible for reviewing the programs from participating schools to ensure their quality. Although the accreditation process is voluntary, most colleges and universities participate.

For colleges in Delaware, look for accreditation from the following:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The MSCHE accredits postsecondary education programs, including distance education and online degrees, in seven states as well as the District of Columbia. If a school isn't regionally accredited, students should check whether the institution has accreditation from another body and whether that organization is recognized by the Department of Education. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation lists recognized accrediting bodies on its website.

Featured Cities In Delaware

Information on these featured cities is provided by the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Salisbury, MD-DE Metro Area

Total Population

385,983

Median salary for high school grads

$27,709

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$43,925

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.3%

Median rent

$965

Fun Facts about Salisbury

Seaford started out as an agricultural area devoted especially to the production of tobacco, and has grown to feature over 500 retail stores and service-related businesses. With access to the Nanticoke River, Seaford is also a recreational focal point of the region.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

Total Population

6,035,680

Median salary for high school grads

$31,606

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$55,339

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29.4%

Median rent

$1,018

Fun Facts about Philadelphia

Over half of Fortune 500 companies call Wilmington their corporate home. The city is also home to the Brandywine Zoo, the Grand Opera House and the Delaware Theater Company.

Dover, DE Metro Area

Total Population

169,509

Median salary for high school grads

$29,017

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,008

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.7%

Median rent

$985

Fun Facts about Dover

The city of Dover was founded in 1683 by William Penn. It wasn't until 1934 that the city's first non-agricultural business opened its doors. The International Laytex Corporation is still a major source of employment in the area.

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