Delaware Colleges & Universities

If you're shopping around for your degree program and wondering what the First State has to offer, read on to explore the basics of Delaware colleges.

Studying at Colleges in Delaware: Many people know that attending college is important, but deciding where to go can be difficult. If you live in Delaware or want to attend schools in Delaware, you might be interested to know that Delaware could be a good place to start a lucrative career. According to the Delaware Department of Labor's Annual Economic Report for 2009, the median annual earnings of Delawareans was higher than the national median at every educational attainment level. So why else should you consider colleges in Delaware?

Delaware: The Basics: Delaware is small state of approximately 884 thousand people. Despite its size, it is fairly diverse: the largest minorities are blacks and Hispanics, at about 21.1 and 7.2 percent, respectively. The median household income is $58,380, above the national average, and the unemployment rate is below the national average, at 8.5 percent as of June 2010.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Delaware's largest industries are trade, transportation, and utilities; education and health services; and government. The state's major employers include the following:

  • • Christiana Health Care System
  • • Wilmington Hospital
  • • Mountaire Farms-Delaware Inc.
  • • Milford Memorial Hospital
  • • PNC Global Investment Servicing

If you're interested in working in healthcare, manufacturing, or financial services, Delaware schools could help you get training and make contacts.

Attending Colleges in Delaware: Delaware is home to both the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Delaware Technical & Community College has four campuses around the state, and Delaware's private schools include Wesley College and Drexel University. Over the 2008-2009 school year, there were 53,088 college students in Delaware, with a total of 43,576 enrolled as undergraduates.

While public Delaware colleges cost, on average, more than the average cost of public schools in the United States, its private schools are much cheaper. Check out the following statistics:

  • • Over the 2008-2009 school year, public two-year schools in Delaware cost an average of $2,684.
  • • Public four-year institutions cost an average of $17,185, with tuition alone accounting for an average of $8,288.
  • • At private four-year institutions, tuition and fees averaged only $13,005, far below the national average, and total costs averaged $21,454.

Financial Aid for Delaware Schools: If you already live in Delaware, know that the state offers the SEED (Student Excellence Equals Degree) Scholarship. This scholarship covers the full tuition for an associate degree at Delaware Technical & Community College or an Associate of Arts program at the University of Delaware. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be Delaware high school graduates, full-time students, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and not have any felony convictions.

The statistics speak for themselves: a college education is well worth the investment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009, those with Bachelor's degrees earned an average of $399 more per week than those with only a high school diploma. At the same time, the unemployment rate for those with bachelor's degrees was 5.2 percent, while the unemployment rate for those with just a high school diploma was 9.7 percent. So if you want to earn that college degree, do the research and find the school that's right for you.

The writer Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a freelance writer, translator, and piano teacher.

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