2022 Top Private Universities in Delaware

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Delaware’s private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Delaware College of Art and Design

    Wilmington, DE

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    135

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $25770

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $25770

    A private institution located in Wilmington, Delaware, Delaware College of Art and Design enrolls students in several programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Delaware College of Art and Design is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #2

    Goldey-Beacom College

    Wilmington, DE

    Graduation Rate

    58%

    Enrollment

    1,327

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $24780

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $24780

    From its campus in Wilmington, Delaware, Goldey-Beacom College offers academic programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    #3

    Strayer University-Delaware

    Newark, DE

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    404

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $13515

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $13515

    From its Newark, Delaware campus, Strayer University-Delaware enrolls students in 32 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. Information on the student-to-faculty ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. Students graduate from the school at a rate of 0%. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #4

    Wilmington University

    New Castle, DE

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    14,730

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11480

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11480

    From its campus in New Castle, Delaware, Wilmington University enrolls students in 93 programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 21%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #5

    Wesley College

    Dover, DE

    Graduation Rate

    29%

    Enrollment

    1,151

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26756

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26756

    Wesley College, located in Dover, Delaware, often ranks as one of the best schools. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. The school's academic and technical tracks help students meet diverse career goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs may operate with a test-optional policy for admissions. These policies make it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can help applicants complete the process. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. Wesley College holds accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.