Education a Top Priority in Delaware

Delaware boasts a wide range of top educational institutions, from some of the best public high schools in the nation to highly ranked colleges and universities. The state is also a national leader in improving student achievement and education.

Delaware’s education plan came in first in the “Race to the Top” federal funding competition for its ability to boost student performance.

In addition, the state recently received the prestigious Frank Newman Award for State Innovation, awarded by the Education Commission of the States as recognition for creative changes that improve student learning.


Delaware offers an array of K–12 options, including public, private and charter schools. Newsweek’s 2013 ranking of the best public high schools in the nation includes three Delaware high schools: The Charter School of Wilmington, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and Alexis I. duPont High School.

To continue improving educational options for young people, the state is investing in raising the bar on classroom instruction, and is leading the nation in implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. The state’s business community and institutions of higher education are also working with schools to help provide students with mentors, workplace experience, and meaningful career pathways, particularly in high-demand STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Delaware also recognizes that students will best thrive in our increasingly global society knowing more than one language. That’s why the state has invested in foreign language immersion programs at elementary schools across the state. Currently offering Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, the immersion program offers a robust multilingual experience for young students.

In addition, Delaware understands the value of giving students access to more rigorous coursework to better prepare them for their next step, which is why we’ve doubled over the past year the number of students taking college courses while still in high school, and doubled over the past decade the number of students taking AP courses. And the opportunities will keep expanding.

Visit the Delaware Department of Education for more details.

Colleges and Universities

As one of Delaware’s key assets, the state’s higher education institutions—including five colleges and four universities—offer more than 90 associate and 140 bachelor degree programs in a variety of fields. Delaware institutions also offer more than 90 master’s degree programs, as well as doctoral degrees.

Public Colleges and Universities

  • University of Delaware (UD)

    Located in Newark, UD was named one of the 75 “best value” public institutions of higher education by The Princeton Review. It also ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering. Additionally, UD provides one of the most comprehensive continuing education programs in the nation, with flexible part-time and vocational opportunities at many sites throughout Delaware.

  • Delaware State University (DSU)

    Located in Dover, DSU ranked No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The university currently offers 52 undergraduate degree options, an impressive number for a school of DSU’s relatively small size.

  • Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC)

    The college offers more than 100 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs across four Delaware locations, including Dover, Georgetown, Stanton and Wilmington, and is a statewide provider of many job training and readiness programs.

Independent Post-Secondary Institutions

  • Goldey-Beacom College

    Located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington, this private, coed college offers programs in all areas of business. Distinguished alumni include four governors of the state of Delaware, corporate presidents, chief executive officers and professionals at all levels of business.

  • Wesley College

    As Delaware’s oldest private college, Wesley operates as an independent liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college offers more than 30 areas of study in arts and sciences, business, health sciences, education, and fine arts. Its campus is located in Dover.

  • Widener University School of Law — Delaware Campus

    Situated near Wilmington, the university’s Delaware campus houses the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, along with Widener’s nationally recognized Health Law Institute.

  • Wilmington University

    Located in New Castle, this university boasts the No. 3 “Best Online Bachelor’s Program” in the Mid-Atlantic region (excluding New York and Virginia), according to U.S. News & World Report. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of career areas.

  • Delaware College of Art and Design

    This Wilmington-based college was founded through a creative partnership between Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design and offers students a two-year Associate of Fine Arts Degree.