The list of accredited Delaware colleges and universities is short but impressive. Delaware is America’s second smallest state, but it’s also the oldest — and its history of higher education dates back to the 1700s. The list of public and private institutions in Delaware includes two associate’s colleges, one baccalaureate college, two research universities, a master’s university and two special-focus institutions. Hundreds of college majors are available in-state. Various for-profit career schools offer training too.
Delaware residents can also earn affordable college degrees out of state. The Academic Common Market (see below) lets Delaware residents get in-state rates for nearly 2000 degree programs throughout the South.
- The name “Delaware” honors Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr. He was the first governor of Virginia.
- In addition to the nickname “Small Wonder,” Delaware is known as “The First State.” Delaware was the first colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
- Delaware is just 96 miles long. Depending on where you measure, it’s between nine and 35 miles wide. After Rhode Island it is America’s smallest state in terms of square miles.
- For such a small state, Delaware is loaded with options for outdoor recreation. The northern part of the state has rolling hills and is ideal for hiking and biking. Central Delaware has beautiful waterways for kayaking and canoeing, and the southern part of the state features bays, dunes and Atlantic Coast beaches.
- Delaware has one of the smallest populations among US states. In 2012 the census count was 917,092. However, it’s one of America’s most densely populated states; approximately 400 people occupy the average square mile.
- Delaware has one of America’s highest concentrations of PhDs.
- Save at the shops. Delaware is one of only five states that don’t charge sales tax.
- The climate in Delaware is rather mild. More than half the days are sunny and temperatures rarely drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The typical temperature on a summer day is about 75 degrees.
- The only Delaware city with more than 50,000 people is Wilmington – but driving just two hours from Delaware you can reach Baltimore, Philadelphia or Washington, DC.
- Delaware’s History Trail features 36 points of interest such as restored 18th century towns, America’s oldest surviving courthouse, and the Golden Fleece Tavern. The Golden Fleece Tavern is where Delaware’s representatives ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1787.
- Do you enjoy fine wines and craft beers? Delaware’s scenic Wine and Ale Trail features 17 breweries, wineries and spirit distilleries to help you unwind.
It’s a small state, but Delaware stands out for quality education and recreation.
Among ranked National Universities, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year was $41,426 at private colleges, $11,260 for state residents at public colleges and $27,120 for out-of-state students at state schools, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey.
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