Guiding Principles: Delaware First

In fall 2009, to ensure Delaware residents’ access to a high-quality education, the University enhanced its Commitment to Delawareans. The program, launched in November 2006, was expanded to meet the financial need of all entering in-state students. From fall 2008 to fall 2010, the percentage of Delawareans in UD’s freshman class increased from 27 to 35 percent.

Our Associate in Arts program, designed to increase the higher educational opportunities of resident Delawareans, has also grown in enrollment and in the number of students who continue their study at the Newark campus and earn a bachelor’s degree.

We continue to track the application, admission and acceptance rates of Delaware high school students, as well as the retention and graduation rates of Delaware residents. We will provide freshman performance data in key academic courses to Delaware high schools so they may better prepare their students for college.