Originally founded in 1968 as Wilmington College, Wilmington University is a private, non-profit university that offers diverse bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree programs as well as professional certificate programs. The university has six colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Health Professions, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Technology. There is an accelerated RN to BSN Nursing program, a Professional Aeronautics program, a Military Studies minor, an Allied Health major, and several different Education programs. The university offers flexible day, evening, and weekend classes, and serves traditional and non-traditional students. Wilmington University also offers several online learning options, including degree programs that can be fully completed online as well as hybrid classes and programs that incorporate online learning with classroom learning. Wilmington is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Wilmington University also offers a myriad of academic support services that include academic advising. The Student Success Center offers tutoring services, workshops, seminars, writing resources, and other learning resources. Study abroad programs are also available.
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Wilmington University honors an open admissions policy and welcomes applications from anyone who is interested in attending. Undergraduate applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school or have successfully completed a General Education Development (GED) program. Home schooled applicants may apply, but have additional requirements. Applicants must submit official high school and/or college transcripts. Official transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope sent directly from the school. SAT I scores are accepted, but not required. Students are required to take Math and English assessment test, but students who score a 450 or higher on either section of the SAT’s are exempt from taking the assessment in that area.
Applications are reviewed and accepted all year long, and freshman students may be admitted for the fall, spring and summer sessions. Applications may be submitted online or by mail. Freshman applicants will receive one of three possible admission decisions. The first is Conditional Acceptance, which means that the student is eligible to enroll in coursework, but ineligible to receive financial aid. This status allows students to enroll in coursework while waiting for other required documentation received by the Office of Admissions. Students who have submitted most but not all of the required documents may get Full Acceptance. Full Acceptance means that the student is eligible to enroll in coursework and eligible to receive financial aid. Students who have submitted all of the required documents have the status of File Complete, are eligible to enroll in coursework and are eligible to receive financial aid. Applicants are usually notified of their status within two weeks of submission of all of their materials.
All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The university recommends that new students complete the application by February 15. Students who wish to be considered for the Delaware Scholarships must complete the application by April 15. Forms of financial aid include loans, scholarships, grants, and student employment. There are also a limited number of merit based scholarships that are available directly through the school. Students should also complete an entrance counseling form online at www.studentloans.gov. The university begins to create financial aid award packages at the end of April, and continues through the spring and summer.
Students may be selected for a process called verification, in which the university requests all of the students’ and the students’ parents’ tax information reported for the previous year. The review of this information may take some time and could delay the finalization of financial aid awards. To avoid or shorten this provess, students should try to be as accurate as possible when completing the FAFSA application, and/or submitting any requested information as quickly as possible.
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Located close to the cities of Wilmington and historic New Castle in Delaware, the university’s main campus is easily accessible by car or public transportation. There are plenty of fun and interesting activities in the greater Wilmington area, like visiting the recently revitalized waterfront in Wilmington, or going bowling at Bowlarama. Students can enjoy easy access to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. The university also has campuses in other parts of Delaware and in southern New Jersey. Students can also choose programs at Cecil College’s Elkton location.
Wilmington University does not have any student housing facilities on campus, but it does provide assistance with finding nearby housing. The university does offer many activities for students to participate in on campus. There is a wide variety of academic, social, cultural, and athletic organizations. The university encourages its students to participate in extracurricular activities; it is even possible to start a new organization with the approval of the Office of Student Affairs. Students can also attend career services events, fairs, workshops and information sessions.
Wilmington University’s library offers vast collections, services, facilities and programs that include the Brownbag Book Club, where faculty and students meet to read and discuss socially relevant literature. The university also offers student services that include free nonremedial tutoring.
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Wilmington University’s Wildcats is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, and it competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which includes 14 schools that are located throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
The university has 11 intercollegiate sports teams. There is men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball, women’s lacrosse, men’s golf, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. Students are encouraged to participate in athletics and attend games as spectators. Student athletes at Wilmington University may be eligible to receive scholarships.
Athletic facilities at Wilmington University include the Asbury Softball Field, Carousel Park for cross country events, the Frog Hollow Golf Club, the Kirkwood Soccer Complex, Wilson Field for baseball, and the Pratt Gymnasium for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball.
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