Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Delaware.
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The following agencies accredit schools in Delaware. However, it’s important to understand that this list only includes institution-wide accreditors, rather than agencies that only award program-specific accreditation. For details on program-specific accreditation, look through our subject pages.
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools (CSS-MSA)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information about higher education reforms and propositions in the state, visit the state’s higher education boards and council websites. In addition, contact them or individual schools for more general college and university information.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions there are in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Delaware. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Despite the tiny size of Delaware, there are two good public university options to choose from here. Learn more about them below.
Delaware State University
Delaware State University is one of the most renowned Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the US, ranked ninth by U.S. News and World Report, although today the student body is very diverse. The university offers a broad range of choices in academic studies with more than 50 majors offered.
University of Delaware
Along with less than three percent of American colleges and universities, the University of Delaware is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with very high research activity. UD also ranks among the nation’s top 100 universities in terms of the federal funding it receives for research and development in support of its science and engineering programs. The UD offers 147 majors and boasts 70 research centers.
Several smaller private colleges round out higher educational choices in the state of Delaware. Learn more about them below.
This very new university was founded in 2007 with the aim of providing mostly modern programs for students. As a result, there are day, evening, and weekend classes for not only traditional students but also non-traditional adult students in need of flexible scheduling. There are also a number of online and hybrid online/face to face offerings at WU.
A very small university with just over 1,000 students, almost 90% of Widener graduates from 2010 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. 44 Widener athletes were named Academic All-Americans, and 5 students earned the award multiple times. Widener is well-known for its civic engagement: it has made the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since 2006, ranks 19th on Newsweek’s list of the 100 most civic-minded colleges, and is one of 22 colleges nationwide participating in Project Pericles, a national organization promoting social responsibility in education.
This small college offers a more focused experience, with bachelor degree programs in psychology, criminal justice, English, economics, and all areas of business. Classes are small, with the largest seldom holding more than 45 students. This is only one example of the sense of personalized attention that GBC students receive, and this attention is one of the college’s most unique features.