8 Largest Colleges in Delaware

Find the most popular schools in the First State and how much they cost to attend.

At the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus, sports teams are known as the Fighting Hawks.

By Christopher Geno

Delaware is the smallest state in the U.S. next to Rhode Island, but it still boasts excellent schools. You’ll be able to find all of the must-know facts about Delaware’s top schools including tuition costs and top programs in the list below.

8. Goldey-Beacom College

Type of College: Private

Enrollment: 1,600

Cost: $21,120 (in-state), $21,120 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Computer and Information Sciences. Goldey-Beacom College also offers undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice, English, Psychology, Accounting, Economics and Finance.

Fun Fact: Goldey-Beacom was originally two separate schools started by rival teachers until the two institutions merged in 1951.

7. Wesley College, Dover

Type of College: Private liberal arts college

Enrollment: 2,320

Cost: $22,392 (in-state), $22,392 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Liberal Arts, Law, Education

Fun Fact: Wesley College's colors are blue and white, and their sports teams, the Wolverines, compete in 20 NCAA D-III sports.

6. Delaware Technical Community College — Terry

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 3,336

Cost: $114 per credit (in-state), $286 per credit (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health Professions, Business and Marketing

Fun Fact: At the Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus, sports teams are known as the Fighting Hawks.

5. Delaware State University

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 4,179

Cost: $7,336 (in-state), $15,692 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Psychology, Journalism

Fun Fact: Several NFL players including Walter Tullis of the Green Bay Packers attended Delaware State University.

4. Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 4,741

Cost: $114 per credit (in-state), $286 per credit (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health Professions, Business and Marketing, Education

Fun Fact: At the Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus, sports teams are known as the Roadrunners.

3. Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington/ Stanton

Type of College: Community College

Enrollment: 6,978

Cost: $114 per credit (in-state), $286 per credit (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health Professions, Business and Marketing, Engineering Technologies

Fun Fact: Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, taught English at Delaware Technical Community College — Stanton/Wilmington.

2. Wilmington University

Type of College: Private

Enrollment: 13,000

Cost: $250-$400 per credit

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Liberal Arts, Education

Fun fact: Wilmington University's school colors are green and white, and the Wilmington Wildcats compete in NCAA D-II sports.

1. University of Delaware

Type of College: Public

Enrollment: 19,391

Cost: $10,150 (in-state), $27,240 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business and Marketing, Social Science, Education

Fun fact: The University of Delaware has one of the top figure skating programs in the world. Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and dozens more Olympic figure skaters have represented UD.

Quick Facts:

  • Top employers in Delaware are the government, education, banking, chemical/pharmaceutical and health care.
  • The Dover Air Force Base is the one of the largest Air Force bases in the country and a large employer in the state.
  • Delaware is ranked ninth in the nation in per capita income.


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