Delaware Goes to College Academy

The Challenge

While the state of Delaware has made great strides in increasing the number of students who enroll in college, there remain more students attending colleges that are not best suited to their needs or not enrolling in college at all. Additionally, not all Delaware students who enroll in college are prepared to take college-level courses. That is why the Delaware Department of Education, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, and Capital One have partnered with TeenSHARP to offer high-achieving Delaware students guidance to gain admission into a college that would be a good fit.

What is the Delaware Goes to College Academy

The Delaware Goes to College Academy is designed as a blended “in-person and online” program to provide students with FREE high-quality college admissions consulting. All the expenses for this program are paid for through funding by TeenSHARP, the Department of Education, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, and Capital One. The program will assist students with the selection of high school courses to prepare them for college, selection of colleges to apply to, writing college essays, visiting college campuses, applying to scholarships, and completing and negotiating financial aid. Students will have consistent access to a pool of highly qualified college advisors who will be prepared to respond to any questions within 24 hours.


Students must be a rising Junior or Senior in the fall of 2017, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. This program is designed for students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Students from low income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Student and Parent Expectations

If selected for the program, the student will be expected to attend all days of the summer session. Summer sessions will be located in students’ county of residence. Students are responsible for arranging transportation to the location of the summer session. If transportation is an issue, please contact the program organizers as soon as possible. Parents or guardians of rising Juniors are expected to participate in all-day workshops for the Saturday session ONLY. Parents or guardians of rising Seniors are expected to participate in all-day workshops for the Saturday and Sunday sessions.

Dates and Locations of Summer Sessions

Enrolling in an Online Course After the Summer Sessions

Following your completion of the summer session, you will be enrolled into the program’s online course. Through that online platform, you will work with an instructor on a weekly basis to complete assignments, pose questions, and receive guidance.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted by August 1st (extended deadline) for students in New Castle and Kent Counties and August 5th (extended deadline) for students in Sussex County. The decision regarding your participation in the program will be disseminated within 48 hours of submission. We ask you to mark the dates for the summer session on your calendar to make sure you are able to participate in the program if selected.


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