University of Delaware
For the past decade, UD has been recognized as a public institution with an Ivy League-caliber education and atmosphere. In a tough economy and an intensely competitive application environment, Delaware residents can get a stellar education for minimal tuition. Along with its outstanding academics, UD’s accomplished athletic programs, rich Greek life, and proximity to major metropolitan hubs make it easily one of the preeminent universities in the region.
The numbers: 17,427 full-time undergrads … 1810 median SAT (comparable to a 27 ACT) … $12,112 in-state annual tuition, $29,932 out-of-state annual tuition, $10,196 annual room and board … 147 bachelor’s programs … ranked 75th among national universities by U.S. News … 56.6% acceptance rate. Extra credit: Widely considered a pioneering institution in education abroad, UD’s Institute for Global Studies offers more than 70 programs and almost 50 international destinations annually. Compare to: Penn State University (main campus), University of Maryland. Contact: Newark, Del., (302) 831-2792, udel.edu.