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Goldey-Beacom College through the Years

What has never changed at Goldey-Beacom College since 1886 is a commitment to quality – in its faculty, in its programs, and in its students.


The College traces its origins to September 1, 1886 when business educator H.S. Goldey opened the Wilmington Commercial College with only five students.


In 1900, one of Goldey’s best instructors, W.H. Beacom parted ways, opening his own school only blocks away.


By 1929, the renamed Beacom College had an enrollment over 1000, and for four decades the two engaged in fierce competition.


Photo of old GBC building

In 1951, the two entities merged, giving rise to today’s Goldey-Beacom College.


In 1974, the College relocated from its landlocked downtown Wilmington location to the present suburban Pike Creek campus.


The College was first accredited by the Middle States Association in 1976, and has offered baccalaureate degrees since 1978.


In 1992, Goldey-Beacom established its first MBA program, which today thrives with nearly 1,000 students.


ACBSP Global Business Accreditation logo In 1997-98, the College completed the rigorous self-study process for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Goldey-Beacom Athletics joined the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in 1999, which achieved full active status in NCAA Division II in 2004.


In 2009 the College announced the introduction of baccalaureate programs in economics and psychology, expanding on their long history of excellence in business education.


In 2015, the College’s endowment surpassed $100,000,000, ensuring a stable future for the College and dependable financial scholarship for students.

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4701 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 998-8814

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