List of colleges and universities in Delaware

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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 22,680 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 185.[3] Wilmington University is Delaware's largest private post-secondary institution, with an enrollment of 14,467.[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]

Delaware does not have a medical school, but the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research allows the state's residents to attend medical school at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[11] The state has one law school, Widener University School of Law, which is accredited by the American Bar Association.[12] All eight of Delaware's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).[3] Most are accredited by multiple agencies, such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[3]

Institutions[edit]

Key
Abbreviation Accrediting agency
ACEN Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
ABA American Bar Association
ADA American Dietetic Association
AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association
APTA American Physical Therapy Association
APA American Psychological Association
ASHA American Speech–Language–Hearing Association
CCNE Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
CEA Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
JRCERT Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
MSA Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
NASAD National Association of Schools of Art and Design
NASM National Association of Schools of Music
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
TEAC Teacher Education Accreditation Council
List of colleges and universities in Delaware
School Location[note 2] Control[note 2] Type[note 2] Enrollment[3]
(Late 2014)
Founded Accreditation[3]
Delaware College of Art and Design Wilmington Private not-for-profit Associate's college 185 1997[14] MSA, NASAD
Delaware State University Dover Public Master's university 4,397 1891[15] ACEN, ADA, CCNE, MSA, NCATE
Delaware Technical Community College Dover, Georgetown, Newark, and Wilmington Public Associate's college 13,935 [note 3] 1967[16] ACEN, AOTA, APTA, JRCERT, MSA
Goldey–Beacom College Wilmington Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 2,012 1886[17] MSA
University of Delaware Newark Public Research university 22,680 1833[note 1] ACEN, ADA, APTA, APA, CCNE, CEA, MSA, NASM, NCATE
Wesley College Dover Private not-for-profit Baccalaureate college 1,615 1873[18] ACEN, MSA, NCATE
Widener University–Delaware Campus Wilmington Private not-for-profit Special-focus institution 742 1975[19] ABA, MSA
Wilmington University New Castle Private not-for-profit Research university 14,467 1968[20] ACEN, CCNE, MSA, NCATE

Defunct institutions[edit]

List of defunct colleges and universities in Delaware
School Location Control Founded Closed Notes
Brandywine Junior College Wilmington[21] Private not-for-profit[21] 1966[21] 1991[21] Entered into a merger with Widener University in 1976 and graduated its final class in 1991. Campus now serves as Widener University School of Law.[21]
St. Mary's College Wilmington[9] Private not-for-profit[9] 1841[9] 1866[9] Catholic institution closed in 1866 following the American Civil War.[22]
Wesleyan Female College Wilmington[10] Private not-for-profit[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.[23]
Women's College of Delaware Wilmington[1] Private not-for-profit[1] 1914[1] 1921[1] Merged with Delaware College to form University of Delaware in 1921.[1]

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References[edit]

Explanatory notes

  1. ^ a b The University of Delaware is a successor institution to the "Free School," which was founded in 1743. The University of Delaware was chartered as Delaware College by the Delaware General Assembly as a degree-granting college in 1833.[1][2]
  2. ^ a b c School location, control, and type are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.[13]
  3. ^ The enrollment count for Delaware Technical Community College includes 4,296 at the Owens Campus, 6,700 at the Stanton–Wilmington Campus, and 2,939 at the Terry Campus.

Citations

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  2. ^ "Delaware Public Archives: University of Delaware". Delaware Public Archives. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "College Navigator". United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Map of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities" (PDF). United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sea Grant Delaware: About Us". Sea Grant Delaware. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Delaware Space Grant Consortium". Delaware Space Grant Consortium. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities". United States Department of Education. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Member Schools". Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Patrick Reilly papers, 1828-1878 (MC 42)". Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Wesleyan Female College of Wilmington, Delaware: A College Before its Time?". American Educational History Journal. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research". The Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools by Year". American Bar Association. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: Institution Lookup". Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Delaware College of Art and Design: Overview". Delaware College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "About DSU". Delaware State University. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "History". Delaware Technical Community College. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "College History". Goldey–Beacom College. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "About Wesley College". Wesley College. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Vision & History". Widener University. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Wilmington University at a Glance". Wilmington University. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c d e Williams, Khalil. "Widener Archives Features Brandywine College". Widener Magazine (Widener University). Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Delaware". Catholic Encyclopedia. New Advent. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  23. ^ Taggart, Robert J. "Wesleyan Female College of Wilmington, Delaware: A College Before its Time?". American Educational History Journal 35 (2): 221–232. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 

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