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Prof. Neri de Kramer — Wilmington campus

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​Dr. Neri de Kramer with students at the UD Downtown Center in Wilmington.

​Welcome! If you are a high school student who is interested in the Associate in Arts Program,
this is a brief overview of what our program is and what it has to offer you. If you have any questions about your next steps as an AAP student, please contact the academic advisor for the campus you are hoping to attend. 

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What We Are

As one of UD’s most successful access points for Delawareans, the AAP offers students the opportunity to complete their first two years of college at campuses in Dover, Georgetown, or Wilmington. 

  • More than 66% of AAP students earn their associate's degree within three years, compared to the national average of about 32%. Upon completion of our program, our students have an uninterrupted transition to the Newark campus.*
  • Eighty-four percent of AAP grads make the transition to Newark in their junior year to pursue their bachelor's degree.*

* Source: UD President's Report, 2019


Who We Are

AAP students are predominantly Delawarean high school graduates and reflect the diversity of our state. Approximately one-third of our students are first-generation college students, and we offer individualized support to ensure that all AAP students have the tools they need to succeed at our program and beyond.

Where We Are

The AAP is housed within Delaware Technical Community College campuses in Dover, Georgetown, and Wilmington, as well as the UD Downtown Center, located at 8th and Market streets in the heart of Wilmington.

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What We Offer

The AAP offers academically rigorous UD courses, taught exclusively by UD faculty, that simultaneously fulfill our associate-degree requirements and the core requirements for majors leading to the bachelor’s degree. Our small class size — about 35 students per class — is a proven model for promoting academic success and encouraging student retention. 

There are many advantages to beginning your UD academic journey with the AAP:

  • Low or no-cost tuition: AAP courses are offered at one-third the Newark tuition rate, and tuition is free for SEED​-eligible students.

  • A fast track to a teaching or nursing career through our UD/Beebe and Elementary Teacher Education programs

  • Civic engagement and co-curricular learning opportunities that develop students’ leadership skills and build strong relationships with their communities

  • Dedicated student advisement: Academic advisors at each campus work one-on-one with students to ensure they stay on track for their future major.

  • Professional academic support in writing and math

  • Opportunities to participate in study abroad, internships, alternative spring break programs, and more

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What's Next?

Prospective UD AAP students and their families are encouraged to reach out to the academic advisors on their closest AAP campus for personalized assistance and the most up-to-date information.


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