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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Delaware

4 Colleges
$22,802 Avg Cost*
4.3 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Trying to decide what college is best for you is no easy matter. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Value Delaware Schools ranking.

We analyzed 4 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value in Delaware. This ranking isn't just a listing of 'cheap' schools. Instead, it is noting which schools offer a high quality education for a reasonable price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money in Delaware

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Our 2021 rankings named University of Delaware the best school for overall value in Delaware for students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Delaware is a large public school located in Newark, Delaware that handed out 4,849 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at U of Delaware is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,263. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U of Delaware is $100,691. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, U of Delaware is ranked #1 for overall quality in Delaware.

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#2

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Delaware State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Delaware. Located in Dover, Delaware, the small public school handed out 662 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Del State about 4.4 years to graduate, and it costs about $17,007 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Del State is $75,001. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Del State also made our Best Colleges in Delaware list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Goldey - Beacom College

Wilmington, Delaware

Out of the 4 schools in Delaware that were part of this year’s ranking, Goldey - Beacom College landed the #3 spot on the list. Goldey - Beacom College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wilmington, Delaware. The school has a small population, and it awarded 170 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Goldey - Beacom College graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $21,915. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Goldey - Beacom College is $92,700. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

Goldey - Beacom College also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in Delaware rankings.

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#4

Wesley College

Dover, Delaware

Out of the 4 schools in Delaware that were part of this year’s ranking, Wesley College landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Dover, Delaware, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 209 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Wesley College graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,022. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Wesley College is $124,137. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Wesley College not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in Delaware list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 4 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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