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College Comparison Tool

It's College Decision Time

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

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