First-Year Students


A UD education can open the door to a successful career, no matter your aspirations. 

You will be supported from the moment you step on campus through your senior year and beyond. Our Career Services Center is devoted to your success, offering career counseling, interviewing and resume writing workshops and linking you to job and internship opportunties. 

Applying as a First-Year Student?


At UD, you are more than a student. You're a researcher, explorer and inventor. Whichever one of our 150+ majors you chose, you will find our University is designed for collaboration. Our faculty are committed to connecting with you. 


From the moment you visit our beautiful campus for the first time, you'll feel like you belong here. Our First Year Experience will prepare you for college and help you feel part of the University of Delaware community from the beginning. 

Learn in a Deeper Way

The University of Delaware Honors Program allows talented and motivated students like you to take advantage of the opportunities of a large research university while giving you personalized attention. Your experience will be focused around three key pillars: challenge, enrichment and community. Being in the UD Honors Program means:

  • Rigorous coursework
  • Small classes (more opportunities for faculty connections and research)
  • Unique enrichment opportunities likes Honors Study Abroad and private music study
  • Funding for outside-the-classroom activities
  • Special living community with peer mentors

Honors Program

Enrichment Opportunities

Scholars and Fellows programs

We know how important it is for you not only to graduate with a strong career pathway, but also to have a competitve edge. We are looking for creative thinkers like you to join one or more of our Scholars and Fellows programs, learning and enrichment experiences that will push the boundaries of your intellectual curiosity while giving you specialized skills and career connections. 


Think of it as another way to build your portfolio of experience, strengthen your resume and increase your career prospects from the start. You can:

  • Immerse yourself in a global experience beginning with your first semester abroad
  • Receive funding for a new idea and launch a startup
  • Solve community problems or address cybersecurity needs
  • Tackle the most pressing concerns of our time
  • Access makerspaces to invent, design and create

Enrichment Opportunities



UD By the Numbers


How to Apply


Start the Common Application for the University of Delaware.

Indicate your interest in the Honors Program and complete the required information as a part of your UD Common Application. 

Complete the required Common Application essays. You may also choose to answer the optional UD supplemental questions. 

Pay the $75 application fee and submit The Common Application. 

Send official high school transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 

Request official standardized test scores from SAT and/or ACT.* SAT code 5811, ACT code 0634.

*Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school may choose whether or not to submit their SAT or ACT test scores for first-year admission. 

Provide two letters of recommendation (at least one recommendation should come from your school counselor).

Important Dates and Deadlines

August 1 - Common App opens

October 1 - Begin filing FAFSA

January 15 - Application and FAFSA priority deadline

Mid-Feburary - Full financial aid awards available 

Financing Your Degree

  Delaware Resident Out-of-State-Residents
Tuition: $11,870 $31,860
Room (Standard Double): $7,462 $7,462
Board: $4,870 $4,870
Health Service Fee: $454 $454
Comprehensive Student Fee: $598 $598
Student Center Fee: $238 $238
Total: $25,492 $45,482
*New rates are released every July. Optional Winter & Summer Sessions are charged separately. Actual rates for room vary for different housing arrangements. Amount shown is standard rate for first-year double room. 

First-year applicants may be eligible for merit-based scholarships based on their academic profiles. All students who apply by the January 15 deadline will automatically be considered.


To apply for need-based aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 using the institutional code for the University of Delaware (001431). We strongly recommend filing the FAFSA by January 15. Students who file the FAFSA by that date will receive full financial aid eligibility around mid-February. Note that a new FAFSA must be completed each subsequent year for consideration. 

Financing Your Degree

The Net Price Calculator (NPC) is available to give you an estimate of what you may pay for a University of Delaware education. After October 1, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA to get your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will help determine the financial aid we may offer you. Although the NPC only provides estimates, it is a great way to begin a financial conversation with members of your family.

Net Price Calculator