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Wilmington University

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6318th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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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Ranks 9th in Delaware and 3432nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 10 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 35 0.66
Larceny 252 4.72
Vehicle theft 20 0.37

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New Castle, DE 19720
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population55,539 (55,302 urban / 237 rural)
Households20,530 (2.66 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,669
Families14,346 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1000

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3491st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,900 $9,900 $9,900
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $330 $330 $330
FT Graduate Tuition $7,632 $7,632 $7,632
FT Graduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $424 $424 $424
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,750 $11,750 $11,750
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,550 $19,550 $19,550
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,550 $13,550 $13,550

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,470 $9,710 $9,470 $9,710 $9,470 $9,710
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,460 $6,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,800(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Central Atlantic Collegiate Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Central Atlantic Collegiate Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Central Atlantic Collegiate Conf

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 602 91 128 7 1,382 988 3,236
Accounting 26 5 6 46 25 110
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 7 2 10
Behavioral Sciences 59 8 4 81 63 218
Business Administration and Management, General 44 11 13 1 128 98 301
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 2 1 3 2 8
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 3 3
Community Psychology 1 1
Computer Graphics 2 2 1 9 8 22
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 11 2 6 1 29 24 73
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 9 5 3 4 21
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 40 57 64 162
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 33 9 4 2 78 52 180
Curriculum and Instruction 16 1 43 37 97
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 9 4 16
Education, General 1 3 16 6 26
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 7 8
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 4 6 11
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 1 47 19 70
Elementary Education and Teaching 5 3 2 92 66 171
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 1 4
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 6 12 22 40
Finance, General 16 2 4 38 36 99
General Studies 34 1 2 1 82 41 162
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 1 1 7 9
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 5 1 20 11 37
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 32 2 22 22 78
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 2 6 9
Homeland Security 7 1 17 10 35
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 8 1 7 3 20
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 35 1 2 26 22 86
Human Services, General 25 1 1 13 10 50
Information Resources Management 10 1 54 1 16 11 97
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 13 13
Management Information Systems, General 13 3 9 17 10 54
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 17 5 2 25 21 70
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 3 1 5
Military Applied Sciences, Other 2 2
Nursing Education 3 24 10 37
Nursing Practice 28 6 6 1 97 55 194
Organizational Behavior Studies 47 7 2 68 42 171
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant 1 4 2 7
Photojournalism 5 5
Political Science and Government, General 4 1 6
Pre-Law Studies 4 1 7 4 16
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design 1 1
Psychology, General 21 5 2 40 36 104
Public Administration 9 2 16 2 29
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 2 2 4
Reading Teacher Education 1 27 13 41
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 2 6 4 12
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 39 27 71
Social Science Teacher Education 4 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 12 1 51 41 106
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 10 8 20
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 2
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 3 1 3 7 11 25

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 692nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,812 ($81,045 male / $77,778 female)
Number of FT Faculty 99 (44 male / 55 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,353
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $3,715,008

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