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The AAP: Your Pathway to UD in Dover, Georgetown, and Wilmington

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What Is the UD Associate in Arts Program?

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​Wilmington students in class at the UD Downtown Center.

The University of Delaware Associate in Arts Program (AAP) is a two-year degree program that offers UD courses, taught exclusively by UD faculty, in small classes at the UD Downtown Center in Wilmington and on Delaware Tech campuses throughout the state. 

The Delaware SEED Scholarship covers AAP tuition for eligible full-time Delaware residents. For other students, tuition is substantially lower — approximately one-third the cost of tuition at UD's main campus in Newark. 

With campuses in Wilmington, Dover and Georgetown, the AAP allows Delaware students to stay close to home while completing the core courses required of all UD undergrads. After earning their Associate in Arts degree, most students then choose to transition to UD's Newark campus to pursue their four-year bachelor's degree. 

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For Future Educators

AA-ETE students at graduation

​AA-ETE grad Sylena Miller, now a first-grade teacher at Campus Community School in Dover, Del., pictured at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony in Newark.

On our Georgetown and Wilmington campuses, we offer the Elementary Tea​​cher Education (ETE) associate's degree program, which allows students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Education (BS.Ed.) degree in four years. AA-ETE students begin their education courses and field experiences in their first semester, enabling them to apply what they learn from their coursework and to develop their skills with children immediately. 


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For Future Nurses

Nursing student Shalon Ferguson in biology lab with Dr. Tom Giardina

​Nursing student Shalon Ferguson in biology lab with Dr. Tom Giardina. Shalon graduated from the nursing education program in 2020. 

Georgetown's dual-admissions partnership with Beebe Healthcare's Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in Lewes, Del., offers prospective nursing students the opportunity to simultaneously earn an Associate in Arts degree from UD and a diploma in professional nursing from Rollins, which is the only hospital-based nursing program in Delaware. ​This educational partnership, which commenced in the Fall 2017 semester, offers a pathway for southern Delaware students to pursue RN, BSN, and MSN degrees.

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Academic Excellence & Commitment to Our Communities

Our program offers a UD education of the highest quality to students in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties, providing them with an uninterrupted transition from the AAP to a bachelor's degree program in their junior year. Our faculty and staff emphasize the importance of both academic rigor and engagement with our communities, preparing our students to succeed as they move on to a four-year degree program or to the workforce, and our dedicated AAP advisement team works closely with students to ensure that they receive academic as well as personal support. 

Since 1967, our program has offered a pathway to academic success at UD, and we look forward to many more years of helping our students reach their highest potential.

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