Best Online Colleges in Delaware

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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The schools on this list represent Delaware's best online programs, based on affordable tuition rates and alumni salaries. The University of Delaware tops the list, with the highest reported alumni salary. Tuition for UD's online bachelor's programs is $15,900, and students can choose from an online Associate of Arts, an online RN to BSN, 30 different master's programs in subjects such as business and cybersecurity, and an online DNP.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about OnlineU.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 University of Delaware $15,900 $92,800
# 2 #2 Delaware State University $10,590 $67,000
# 3 #3 Wilmington University $11,430 $59,600
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Online Colleges in Delaware Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 University of Delaware

  • Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Median Salary: $92,800
  • Locations: Newark
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

The University of Delaware, founded in 1833, is a public research university and the largest university in the state. It is located in Newark. The institution offers two undergraduate degrees online—an Associate in Arts and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). Additionally, a doctoral degree and a variety of master’s degrees are available online. Popular subjects include business administration, literacy, cybersecurity, and mechanical engineering. UD’s online learning platform includes video lectures, audio components, guided readings, interactive assignments, real-life case studies, chat rooms, discussions, and digital resources. Coursework is delivered primarily through the Canvas online management system. Tech support is available for distance learners.

#2 Delaware State University

  • Annual Tuition: $10,590
  • Median Salary: $67,000
  • Locations: Dover
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Established in 1891, Delaware State University is a public historically black university in the state’s capital, Dover. The university’s fully online college programs include several bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Distance learners can choose from such programs as accounting, psychology, social work, and sports administration. Internet-based learning is available in two other formats: web-enhanced, where classes are held on campus but instructors may distribute some information online; and blended, where some of the course discussions, lectures, exams, and assignments take place online. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework, and a mobile app makes it possible to conveniently access courses anywhere and at any time.

#3 Wilmington University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,430
  • Median Salary: $59,600
  • Locations: New Castle
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Founded in 1968 as Wilmington College, the institution was granted university status in 2007. WU is a private university with its main campus in New Castle. More than 125 online degree programs are offered, including graduate, undergraduate, associate, and certificate programs. Popular degree fields include digital media, nursing, psychology, school leadership, and education. Degree programs are available 100 percent online, but students can also choose to attend some classes on campus. Online classes are offered in 7- and 15-week formats. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system, and the university offers resources for students to become familiar and comfortable with the online learning environment. Tech support and online tutoring are available for distance learners as well.


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