Wilmington University

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Wilmington University
Wilmington University Seal.png
Established 1968
Type Private, non-profit, non-sectarian
Endowment US$66 million[1]
President Dr. Jack Varsalona
Students 19,293[2]
Undergraduates 11,807[2]
Postgraduates 7,486[2]
Location New Castle, Delaware, United States
Colors Green and White[3]
Athletics Division II, CACC
Nickname WilmU
Mascot Wiley Wildcat
Affiliations Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Website wilmu.edu

Wilmington University is a private, non-profit doctoral/research institutions[4][5]consisting of seven colleges and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in many academic disciplines and professions. The main location is near historic New Castle, Delaware, and the city of Wilmington, Delaware.


Wilmington University was founded just outside historic New Castle, Delaware, in 1968 by Dr. Donald E. Ross, who was president until 1977.[6] Wilmington College, now Wilmington University began with a charter class of 194 students in 1968 and grew from 1979 until 2006 to 10,000 students under president Dr. Audrey K. Doberstein. Doberstein was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women in 2011.[7] The university now offers graduate and doctoral degrees and has more than 19,000[2] students annually enrolled online and on campus[8] with sites in three states.

Founded as Wilmington College, on September 10, 2007 the institution officially became Wilmington University after the approval of the Board of Trustees and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The name was changed to reflect the emphasis on bachelor and graduate degree programs .[2]




New Jersey[edit]


The Pratt Student Center opened in 2013 after a remodeling of the Pratt Gymnasium. The Pratt Gymnasium was a 600-seat multi-purpose arena at the New Castle location in Delaware. It was once home to the Wilmington University Wildcats basketball and volleyball teams, and formerly the home of the Delaware Stars, a basketball team that was in the United States Basketball League.


  • Wilmington University first obtained regional accreditation in 1975 through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). It was reaccredited in 2015 and has expanded to award degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.[9][10]
  • The U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs identified Wilmington University as an institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority to the quality of postsecondary education within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965.[11]
  • Wilmington University is authorized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue a Form I-20 for an F-1 Visa and to enroll non-immigrant alien students.[12]


College of Education[edit]

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Early Care & Education (Birth to 2nd Grade)
  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten to 6th Grade)
  • Middle Level Education (Grades 6-8): Major Specializations: Math, Science, English, or Social Science
  • Career & Technical Education

Graduate Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Elementary Education (Kindergarten to 6th Grade)
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)
  • Career & Technical Education

College of Business[edit]

Notable faculty

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences[edit]

  • The Legal Studies program< earned American Bar Association (ABA) approval. This approval applies to both the bachelor's and post-bachelor's certificate programs offered through the school's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in New Castle and Dover.[17]
  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science< program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Initially CACREP accredited under the program title Community Counseling, in March 1998 and has maintained accreditation since. It became a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in July 2013 receiving reaccrediation status for 2 years through October 2015.[18]

Notable faculty

College of Health Professions[edit]

  • The Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing programs at Wilmington University are fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a widely recognized accrediting body that focuses on Baccalaureate and Graduate degree programs in Nursing.
  • Graduate Nursing Programs:[19]
  • Doctor of Nursing is offered in the following concentration: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Nurse Practitioner is offered in the following concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
  • Nurse Leadership is offered in the following concentrations: Executive, Educator, Legal Nurse Consultant

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

College of Technology[edit]

Wilmington University was honored in 2011 by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE).[20] The CAE/IAE designation from the NSA applies to the College of Technology undergraduate Computer and Network Security degree program and the Information Systems Technologies, Information Assurance graduate program.[21]

College of Online & Experiential Learning[edit]

The university offers more than 95 online programs, concentrations, and certificates.[22] In 2015, Wilmington University online programs have been ranked in the top 10 as one of the best online colleges in the U.S.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]


The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The Wildcats compete as a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) for all sports.

The Wilmington University Athletic Complex opened in Bear, Delaware, in 2013. This new complex includes outdoor fields and an indoor 20,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose playing court for basketball and volleyball. The athletic complex provides athletic facilities and a home field to the men's and women's basketball and soccer teams, along with the women's lacrosse and volleyball teams.

Men's athletics[edit]

  • Baseball (NCAA Division II East Regional Champion 2015)[26]
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf (NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Super Regional Champions 2012, 2015)[27]
  • Soccer

Women's athletics[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Cheerleading team[edit]

Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) National Champions 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015[28][29]


  1. ^ Wilmington University Plans Concord Pike Campus. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wilmington University at a Glance. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Wilmington University Logo Acceptable Use Guidelines". Wilmington University. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Carnegie Classification, 2014 [1]
  5. ^ America's Top Colleges, Wilmington University. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Delaware Today: The Old College Try Again. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  7. ^ Wilmington University Press Release: Wilmington University President Emeritus to Be Honored in Hall of Fame of Delaware Women March 11, 2011.
  8. ^ Wilmington University Press Release: President and Former President Featured in Delaware Today's 50th Anniversary Issue March 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Middle States Commission on Higher Education: Institution Directory. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Wilmington University: Accreditation. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  11. ^ U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  12. ^ Wilmington University: International Students. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  13. ^ Wilmington University Press Release: Education Division at Wilmington University Receives NCATE Accreditation. November 7, 2007.
  14. ^ NCATE Accredited DE Institutions. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Wilmington University: College of Business Accreditation. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  16. ^ Markell nominates transportation secretary. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  17. ^ Wilmington University: Legal Studies ABA Approved. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  18. ^ CACREP Delaware Programs. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  19. ^ College of Health Professions. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  20. ^ "Centers of Academic Excellence Institutions". Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Wilmington University Honored as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education". Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Wilmington University Online Degree Programs". Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Best Online Colleges For 2015". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  24. ^ Markell nominates transportation secretary. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  25. ^ Perry Phelps named DOC deputy director. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  26. ^ Wilmington Baseball's Historic Season Comes to a Close at Division II World Series. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  27. ^ Wilmington Golf Claims 2015 NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional Championship. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  28. ^ [2]
  29. ^ On Second Review, Wilmington University Cheerleading Team and Coed Partner Stunt Duo Crowned 2014 UCA National Champions. Retrieved January 31, 2014.

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