Delawareans Admissions Guidelines

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Important Dates

Application and supporting materials: January 15

Deposit for Fall: May 1

 

Supplemental Deadlines and Requirements for Special Programs

Apparel Design Portfolio:  Portfolio requirements. January 15

Art and Design Portfolio: Portfolio requirements. January 15

Music Major Audition: Audition Dates. January 15

 

Fall Financial Aid Deadlines

Begin FAFSA Filing: October 1

Recommended Deadline for FAFSA Filing: January 15

Financing Your Degree

Test-Optional Admissions Program

The University of Delaware has a Test-Optional Program for first-year (non-transfer) students who are Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school. Students can elect whether or not they would like to include their standarized test scores (SAT or ACT) in the evaluation of their application. 

We encourage all students to take the SAT/ACT seriously and do their best. The College Board's entire suite of assessments, along with free test prep from Khan Academy, is a valuable tool to improve college readiness.

We recommend students who score a minimum of 1150 SAT or 23 ACT submit their scores.  Students who choose not to provide test scores are required to complete the supplemental essays.  Any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive, will be important for you to provide.  Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.

Why is UD offering test-optional admission for Delawareans?

The University’s future is predicated on our commitment to equity and inclusion. We value diverse backgrounds, perspectives and learning experiences. Additionally, the University of Delaware is committed to providing the residents of our state access to a high quality education at UD. This pilot aligns with those commitments.

After a thorough examination of UD admissions guidelines, institutional and national data, and trends in higher education, the Faculty Senate approved implementation of a four-year pilot program in which Delaware students will have the option of whether or not to submit standardized test scores for first-year admission to the University. 

Why is the program only available to residents of Delaware?

As the flagship university in Delaware, we have a commitment to our residents. We put them first in terms of space at the University, so we wanted to start the pilot program with that group. Upon reviewing the pilot data, the program may expand to all incoming freshmen—in-state and out-of-state at some point in the future.  

How do I know if the UD test-optional admissions program is for me?

While we recommend students who score a minimum of 1150 SAT or 23 ACT submit their scores, the decision whether or not to submit your test scores is a personal one.  You should consider the omission of your test scores carefully.  It is essential to review what additional information you will share in order to reflect your academic potential and your ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment. If you choose not to provide test scores, you will not be negatively impacted, and a decision will be based on a holistic review of all of the materials you provide.

If you are being recruited as a student athlete, you will be required to submit your standardized test scores to UD during the admissions process.

If I do not send my test scores, can I still be considered for merit awards and the Honors Program?

Yes. With or without the SAT/ACT scores, your application for admission as a first-year student will be reviewed for merit awards and the Honors Program. It is suggested that you provide any additional evidence of academic skills and interest in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive. Applications must be received by the January 15 deadline.

Do I need to provide additional information if I choose to follow the test-optional admissions process?

Yes. Students who choose not to provide test scores are required to complete the supplemental essays found in the UD section of the Common Application.  Additionally, we suggest that you provide any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive.  Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment. 

Am I eligible for the test-optional pilot program if I am a Delaware resident attending high school in another state or if I am resident of another state attending high school in Delaware?

The pilot program is only available to Delaware residents attending high school in the state of Delaware. 

What is the process for indicating that I would like to be evaluated with or without my test scores?

Applicants from Delaware attending a Delaware high school will need to indicate their test-optional involvement through the Common App. After indicating you are a resident of Delaware, you will be prompted to select if you are participating or not participating in the program.

If you are sending your test scores, select, "I am not participating in the Test Optional Program." You will need to request the SAT (5811) or ACT (0634) scores to be sent to UD. We encourage you to submit your test results if you have scored 1150 or above on the SAT or 23 or above on the ACT.  

If you do not want to include your test scores, select, "I am participating in the Test Optional Program." You do not need to send your SAT or ACT scores if you select this option. Instead you must complete the supplemental essays found in the UD section of the Common Application. 

I want my application to be considered without my test scores and I already submitted the SAT/ACT, what do I do?

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admissions@udel.edu. We will respond with the next steps you need to take. 

 

Academic Roadmap

Course Years Required  
English  4 Years
At least college preparatory
Mathematics  4 Years
At least college preparatory drawn only from algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, precalculus, and calculus or an equivalent integrated math sequence that incorporates the above.
Science  4 Years At least college preparatory; at least 3 of the 4 years must be drawn only from chemistry, biology, and physics and all 3 must include a laboratory; alternatively, you may complete 3 years of an approved integrated science curriculum.
History  2 Years
At least college preparatory, including one course in world history.
Foreign Language  3 Years of  the Same At least college preparatory and all 3 years must be completed during 9-12 grades
Social Studies  2 Years At least college preparatory and drawn from psychology, political science, government, geography, economics, or sociology; a year of college preparatory science may be substituted for one of the social studies courses.
Electives  1 Year
At least college preparatory.
* 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.

Additional Guidelines

  • Complete at least 20 full year academic courses between grades 9 through 12. At least 5 must be completed during your senior year.
  • Courses must be at least college preparatory or higher. If your school denotes its course levels with "phases" (with 5 as the highest) then these must be phase 3, 4 or 5 level courses.
  • At least 2 courses must be at a level that is higher than college preparatory—for example, "honors," "accelerated," "enriched," "Advanced Placement," "International Baccalaureate," "Academic Challenge." If your school uses course "phases" (with 5 as the highest), then courses denoted as phase 4 or 5 would meet this requirement.
  • No grade may be below a B- (or the equivalent of a B- according to your school’s grading scale) and your overall cumulative GPA in these academic courses must be at least a B+ or higher.
  • You must have a record of good conduct in your school and in your community. Students who have been expelled from school, have received suspensions for serious infractions, or have been convicted or adjudicated by the courts are not eligible.
  • You must be a resident of the State of Delaware and qualify for in-state tuition at the University of Delaware. Your application must be complete by our application deadline, and you must enter the University of Delaware as a freshman for the fall or spring semester immediately following your high school graduation.
  • You must graduate with a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school. (We will gladly consider home-schooled students on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Finally, your 20 academic courses must include those specified in the Course Requirements above.