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There are eight colleges and universities in Delaware. These institutions include two research universities, one master's university, one baccalaureate college, two associate's colleges, and two special-focus institutions. Five of Delaware's post-secondary institutions are private and three are public.
Delaware's oldest post-secondary institution is the University of Delaware, which was chartered by the Delaware General Assembly as a degree-granting college in 1833.[note 1] The University of Delaware is also the state's largest institution of higher learning in terms of enrollment, as it had 23,009 students as of late 2014. According to the United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the Delaware College of Art and Design is the state's smallest institution of higher learning with an enrollment of 170. Wilmington University is Delaware's largest private post-secondary institution, with an enrollment of 15,316.
Delaware has two land-grant universities: Delaware State University and the University of Delaware. The University of Delaware is also the state's sole participant in the National Sea Grant College Program and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. In addition, Delaware State University is the one historically black college and university in the state, and is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Delaware previously had two private post-secondary institutions for men and women respectively: St. Mary's College and Wesleyan Female College respectively.
The state does not have a medical school, but the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research reserves spaces for Delaware students at two medical schools in Philadelphia. Delaware has one law school, Widener University Delaware Law School. All eight of Delaware's post-secondary institutions are regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
|Delaware College of Art and Design||Wilmington||Private||Associate's college||170||1997|
|Delaware State University||Dover||Public||Master's university||4,328||1891|
|Delaware Technical Community College||Dover, Georgetown, Newark, and Wilmington||Public||Associate's college||14,479||1967|
|Goldey–Beacom College||Pike Creek Valley||Private||Special-focus institution||2,063||1886|
|University of Delaware||Newark||Public||Research university||23,009||1833[note 1]|
|Wesley College||Dover||Private||Baccalaureate college||1,473||1873|
|Widener University Delaware Law School||Wilmington||Private||Special-focus institution||403||1975|
|Wilmington University||New Castle||Private||Research university||15,316||1968|
|Brandywine Junior College||Wilmington||Private||1966||1991||Entered into a merger with Widener University in 1976 and graduated its final class in 1991. Campus now serves as Widener University Delaware Law School.|
|St. Mary's College||Wilmington||Private||1841||1866||Catholic institution closed in 1866 following the American Civil War.|
|Wesleyan Female College||Wilmington||Private||1837||1885||Methodist institution for women. Following its closing, no college for women existed in Delaware until the Women's College of Delaware opened in 1914.|
|Women's College of Delaware||Newark||Public||1914||1945||Merged into the University of Delaware in 1945.|