A brick neoclassical building fronted by four light-toned columns, with a green lawn and sidewalk in the foreground
Henry Belin duPont College Center at Wesley College

There are eight colleges and universities in Delaware. These institutions include two research universities, one master's university, one baccalaureate college, two associate's colleges, and two special-focus institutions. Five of Delaware's post-secondary institutions are private and three are public.

Delaware's oldest post-secondary institution is the University of Delaware, which was chartered by the Delaware General Assembly as a degree-granting college in 1833.[note 1] The University of Delaware is also the state's largest institution of higher learning in terms of enrollment, as it had 23,009 students as of late 2014.[3] According to the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the Delaware College of Art and Design is the state's smallest institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 170.[3] Wilmington University is Delaware's largest private post-secondary institution, with an enrollment of 15,316.[3]

Delaware has two land-grant universities: Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.[4] The University of Delaware is also the state's sole participant in the National Sea Grant College Program and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.[5][6] In addition, Delaware State University is the one historically black college and university in the state, and is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.[7][8] Delaware previously had two private post-secondary institutions for men and women respectively: St. Mary's College and Wesleyan Female College respectively.[9][10]

The state does not have a medical school, but the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research reserves spaces for Delaware students at two medical schools in Philadelphia.[11] Delaware has one law school, Widener University Delaware Law School.[12] All eight of Delaware's post-secondary institutions are regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[13]


List of colleges and universities in Delaware
School Location Control Type[note 2] Enrollment[3]
(Late 2016)
Delaware College of Art and Design Wilmington Private Associate's college 170 1997[15]
Delaware State University Dover Public Master's university 4,328 1891[16]
Delaware Technical Community College Dover, Georgetown, Newark, and Wilmington Public Associate's college 14,479 1967[17]
Goldey–Beacom College Pike Creek Valley Private Special-focus institution 2,063 1886[18]
University of Delaware Newark Public Research university 23,009 1833[note 1]
Wesley College Dover Private Baccalaureate college 1,473 1873[19]
Widener University Delaware Law School Wilmington Private Special-focus institution 403[20] 1975[21]
Wilmington University New Castle Private Research university 15,316 1968
List of defunct colleges and universities in Delaware
School Location Control Founded Closed Notes
Brandywine Junior College Wilmington[23] Private[23] 1966[23] 1991[23] Entered into a merger with Widener University in 1976 and graduated its final class in 1991. Campus now serves as Widener University Delaware Law School.[23]
St. Mary's College Wilmington[9] Private[9] 1841[9] 1866[9] Catholic institution closed in 1866 following the American Civil War.[24]
Wesleyan Female College Wilmington[10] Private[10] 1837[10] 1885[10] Methodist institution for women. Following its closing, no college for women existed in Delaware until the Women's College of Delaware opened in 1914.[25]
Women's College of Delaware Newark[26] Public[26] 1914[26] 1945[26] Merged into the