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College Comparison Toolkit

It's College Decision Time.

From academics and affordability to campus life and outcomes, there’s a lot to consider when selecting a college.

Our comparison chart (.pdf) can help students navigate the college decision process. Encourage students to ask these questions when selecting their college.

In this video, an admission and financial aid counselor shares a framework for comparing college options and selecting a college home where students will be successful.

How do you help students pick the right college?

Start with these questions.

Encourage students to consider these topics when making their college decision:

Think beyond next year. Choose a college that will prepare you for a successful life.

  • What’s the graduation rate?
  • What career resources are available?
  • What percentage of students are employed or in graduate school upon graduation?
  • What percentage of students are accepted into graduate, medical or law school?

Explore our outcomes

You'll be on campus approximately 900 days. Consider where you'll live, learn and grow.

  • What is the size of the school?
  • How many students live on campus? Do students go home on weekends?
  • Is housing available for all four years?
  • How many student clubs and organizations are there?
  • What’s the retention rate from the first to second year?
  • How easy is it to get around campus — and the city?

Explore campus life

To get a truly hands-on education, how will you get beyond the four walls of the classroom?

  • Can undergraduates conduct research?
  • Do students have capstone projects?
  • Are there global opportunities?
  • What is the cost to study abroad?
  • Do participants graduate on time?
  • Is assistance available to find and apply for internships and co-ops?

Explore experiential learning

No matter which degree you pursue, consider how you’ll be supported and encouraged in your studies.

  • What is the class size and student-to-faculty ratio?
  • What percent of classes are taught by faculty (vs. graduate assistants)?
  • What percent of faculty have terminal degrees in their field?
  • Are AP, IB, CLEP and transfer credits accepted?
  • What academic advising is available?
  • Is there flexibility to change majors?
  • What academic and learning support resources are available?
  • Are bachelor’s plus master’s degrees offered?

Explore our academics

Is cost on your mind? Consider the overall value of each institution - and look for hidden costs.

  • Will net tuition (the amount a family pays) stay the same each year?
  • Are scholarships and grants guaranteed for all four years? Do the award values change?
  • Are there any fees or surcharges?
  • Is money provided for textbooks?
  • What is the average debt rate upon graduation?

Explore our approach to affordability

UD's retention rate outpaces national averages for four-year public and private institutions.

Points of Pride

UD's graduation rate is more than national private and public four-year institution rates by 10-plus points.

Undergraduate Outcomes