Applying to the University of Delaware


At UD, you’ll connect with new ideas, new people and find a place to thrive - but only if you apply. Get started now.  

Important Dates

Application and supporting materials: January 15th

Deposit for Fall: May 1st


Supplemental Deadlines and Requirements for Special Programs

Apparel Design Portfolio: Portfolio Requirements. Rolling

Art and Design Portfolio: Portfolio Requirements. January 15th

Music Major Audition: Audition Dates. January 15th


Fall Financial Aid Deadlines

Begin FAFSA Filing: October 1st

Recommended Deadline for FAFSA Filing: January 15th

Financing Your Degree

What It Takes To Be A Blue Hen 


Academic Rigor

Students applying to UD should have a strong background in core academic courses. High school honors, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate coursework is encouraged.



The two-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 3.55-3.95, Honors Program is between 3.87-4.14.


Standarized Test Scores

We accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634). The two-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 1220-1370 SAT and 25-29 ACT, Honors Program is between 1400-1550 SAT and 30-33 ACT. 

How to Apply


Create an Account

Create your Common Application account and add the University of Delaware to your dashboard. 


Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation through the Common Application. One letter from a school counselor and another from a teacher familiar with your academic achievements.



Submit an essay responding to the prompt on the Common Application. An additional essay is required for students applying to the Honors Program.  Applicants are also encouraged to submit the five supplemental questions prompted on the application. Remember, a great story can set your application apart.


Transcripts and Test Scores

Request official transcripts and SAT or ACT test scores. Test scores should be sent directly to UD from the testing agency.


Intended Major

Select your first and second choice major to help us understand your passion. Use our Major Finder to identify a major.

Major Finder

Evaluation of disciplinary information

UD evaluates disciplinary information on a case-by-case basis.

The University of Delaware is committed to upholding the First Amendment and the right of individuals to express themselves and support their beliefs on topics of personal concern such as gun violence. Applicants who share their views in a peaceful and law-abiding way will not be penalized in our admissions process. Our community values the open exchange of ideas in a civil and respectful manner.


High School Requirements and Recommendations 

Subject Years Required Years Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 (2 must include lab) 4 (3 must include lab)
History/Social Sciences 4 4
Foreign Languages 2 of the same 4 of the same
Academic Electives 2 2
Total 18 units 20-22 units
* at least two of the units must be history, and one of those must be world history. An additional year of math or science may be substituted for the 4th year of social science.
† Foreign language courses taken before the ninth grade do not count.
Please note that:
Prospective majors in mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, and natural science should complete four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus.
Prospective majors in biology, chemistry, physics and all prospective majors in Engineering are expected to take at least one year each of biology, physics, and chemistry, and are strongly urged to take two years of a laboratory science.
Prospective majors in nursing must have completed at least one year of both biology and chemistry, and are strongly urged to take two years of chemistry.

Step 1. To be considered for admission to the Honors Program, respond yes to the question, “Would you like to be considered for the UD Honors Program and complete the  required essay in the Common Application.


Step 2. Prepare Your Honors Essay.

On the Common Application, you will be asked to write a 250 to 500 word essay answering one of these three questions. We’ve provided the questions here in the event you would like to prepare your answer before creating your application.


Question 1: The University of Delaware Strategic Plan emphasizes the role of the University in addressing the grand challenges of our time. Identify one or two grand challenges that you believe are most significant for your generation. What recommendations do you have for addressing these challenges and what outcomes do you hope to see? In what ways will your college experience be relevant?


Question 2: Wallace Bacon, an eminent literary scholar, wrote that the liberal arts and humanities “are concerned with the question of what makes life worth living.” Tell us what you think makes life worth living. Include a brief discussion of any particularly meaningful experiences, works of literature, art, music, etc. that have influenced your perspective and tell us how you intend to explore this question as a UD Honors student.


Question 3: What are you optimistic about. Why?


Step 3. Submit your application. And remember, if you are not admitted into Honors, your application will still be reviewed for general admission to the University.


Applicants who are home-schooled or who have attended high schools that are not regionally accredited should follow these recommendations:


Provide a transcript of your grades.  


If you can, provide a sample portfolio of your work or a research paper you’ve written.

Test Scores

Provide SAT or ACT (including the ACT Writing Test) scores. We also require at least two SAT Subject Test scores.  

Music, Art and Apparel Design Applicants

Apparel Design portfolio requirements

Art and Design portfolio requirement

Music audition requirement


Occupational Therapy/Health Sciences Applicants

Candidates seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy-Health Sciences BS/MS program in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University should complete an additional essay (available via the Common Application) by January 15th. 

Transferring Credit: Previous College Work, AP, IB and more

The University of Delaware awards test credit for select secondary and post-secondary examinations and education programs.

Find out more


Distance Learning

Distance Learning systems provide a greater level of flexibility to busy professionals interested in pursuing a college degree through UD. 

Distance Learning Application


Readmission to the University

Students looking to return to UD for degree-seeking purposes can apply for readmission through the Registrar's Office.

Readmission Application