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Local Colleges and Universities in Delaware

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Top Universities in Delaware

Below is a list of top-ranked colleges and universitiies in the state of Delaware.

There are 17 colleges and universities in the state of Delaware. Refer to the following table to find local schools in Delaware sorted by university name. If you are interested, you can follow the link below to see its specific information. Please understand that all higher educational programs in Delaware are listed here in alphabetical order.

Name of College or University Location
Beebe Hospital School of Nursing Private not-for-profit, 2-year in Lewes, DE
Dawn Training Centre Private for-profit, less-than-2-year in Wilmington, DE
Deep Muscle Therapy School Private for-profit, less-than-2-year in Pike Creek, DE
Delaware College of Art and Design Private not-for-profit, 2-year in Wilmington, DE
Delaware State University Public, 4-year or above in Dover, DE
Delaware Technical and Community College-Central Office Public, 2-year in Dover, DE
Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens Public, 2-year in Georgetown, DE
Delaware Technical and Community College-Stanton-Wilmington Public, 2-year in Newark, DE
Delaware Technical and Community College-Terry Public, 2-year in Dover, DE
Goldey-Beacom College Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above in Pike Creek, DE
Harrison Career Institute-Wilmington Private for-profit, less-than-2-year in Wilmington, DE
Schilling-Douglas School of Hair Design Private for-profit, less-than-2-year in Newark, DE
Star Technical Institute Private for-profit, less-than-2-year in Dover, DE
University of Delaware Public, 4-year or above in Newark, DE
Wesley College Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above in Dover, DE
Widener University-Delaware Campus Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above in Wilmington, DE
Wilmington College Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above in New Castle, DE

Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware in the United States with 70,635 residents (U.S. Census) and is part of the Philadelphia- Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area with about 6.1 million residents. The city is located northeast of the state near the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek in the Delaware River. Here lies the deep water port of Wilmington.

The city is located northeast of the state about 53 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The western part of the city is hilly and the eastern part toward Delaware Bay has lower terrain.

The name is from 1739, named after Spencer Comton (c. 1673-1743), first Earl of Wilmington.


African Americans make up 58.0 percent, whites 32.6 percent, Asians 1.0 percent, and descendants of North American Indigenous people 0.4 percent of the population (2010). After 2000, the city’s population has declined somewhat.

Economics and culture

The state administration is the largest employer, followed by the health care system. Wilmington is a national center for the production of credit cards and seats for banks, insurance companies and administration and research centers for other companies, including Hercules Inc. and AstraZeneca US. Wilmington still has some industry, especially the manufacture of chemical products.

Wilmington has two universities and several colleges.

Wilmington includes the attractive Wilmington Riverfront with the Riverfront Market, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and Hagley Museum and Library. The Delaware Theater Company is based in Water Street.

Wilmington has a number of parks, including Fort Christina State Park, Rockford Park with Rockford Tower and Brandywine Park with Brandywine Zoo. There are nine historic districts and Forty Acres is a protected area. Old Swedes Church (Holy Trinity) dates from 1698 and Old Town Hall from 1798.

Annual events include Italian Festival, Greek Festival, African Festival, Hispanic Week and IndiaFest. These reflect Wilmington’s ethnic diversity. Every summer, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is held at Rodney Square and the People’s Festival is an annual tribute to Bob Marley. The Riverfront Blues Festival is held three days in August each year. Wilmington’s Memorial Day Parade has been held every year since 1868 and is the United States oldest annual parade.


When Henry Hudson explored the Delaware River area in 1609, Lenape Indigenous people (later called Delaware Indians by Europeans) lived there. Swedish immigrants bought the area Maax-waas Unk (Bear’s Place) from Chief Mattahorn. They built Fort Christina, the headquarters of the colony of New Sweden in 1638. It was conquered by Dutch forces in 1655 and named Altena. The Dutch were displaced by English forces in 1664.

For the first hundred years, the settlement was an agricultural branch, which was developed into a busy port and market town after Quakers moved there in the 1730s. The British occupied the city after the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 during the American War of Independence, but left Wilmington the following year. In 1802, an immigrant French Huguenot, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont de Nemours, established a powder mill outside Wilmington; it became a major supplier to the U.S. Army.

Wilmington’s industrial development accelerated with the completion of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore railways in 1837. The greatest growth occurred during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865, when Delaware was a frontier state divided in support of Confederates and Unionists. The war facilitated the production of, for example, gunpowder, ships, railway wagons and shoes.

Both world wars stimulated the industry with the production of chemicals, ships, steel products, machinery, clothing and food, and after World War II also cars (General Motors) from 1947 to 1959.

In the 1950s, more and more people settled in the suburb of North Wilmington and commuted to jobs in the city. This was made possible by upgraded roads, especially Interstate 95. During urban renovations in the 1950s and 1960s, much older residential buildings in the Center City and East Side areas disappeared.

Following the adoption of the Financial Center Development Act in 1981, which liberalized Delaware banking laws, the number of jobs and office buildings increased by the establishment of national banks and financial institutions. Today, there are many many national and foreign banks in Wilmington.

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