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If you know a student who wants to be challenged by new ideas, connect learning to real life, and make an impact on the world, ask them to consider the University of Delaware.
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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
UD by the Numbers
of 2016 grads are employed or pursuing further education
School to Study Abroad
Classes taught by full-time faculty
Outcomes Your Students Can Count On
UD students are more likely to graduate in four years—and with less student debt. That’s why we’re rated a “best value” year over year.
Starting in their first year, students work with the Career Services Center to set a career path and build professional connections in preparation for life after graduation. Six months after graduation, 95% of our students are employed or pursuing further education.
Test-Optional Admissions Program For Delawareans
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.
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 program 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.
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 program with that group. Upon reviewing the data, the program may expand to all incoming freshmen—in-state and out-of-state at some point in the future.
While we recommend students who score a minimum of 1150 SAT or 25 ACT submit their scores, the decision whether or not to submit the test scores is a personal one. The student should consider the omission of the test scores carefully. It is essential to review what additional information the student will share in order to reflect his or her academic potential and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment. If the student chooses not to provide test scores, he or she will not be negatively impacted, and a decision will be based on a holistic review of all of the materials provided.
If the student is being recruited as a student athlete, he/she will be required to submit the standardized test scores to UD during the admissions process.
If my student does not send the test scores, can he/she still be considered for merit awards and the Honors Program?
Yes. With or without the SAT/ACT scores, the application for admission as a first-year student will be reviewed for merit awards and the Honors Program. It is suggested that the student provides any additional evidence of academic skills and interest in areas related to the intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive. Applications must be received by the January 15 deadline.
Does my student need to provide additional information if he/she chooses 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 they provide any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to the 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 interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.
Is my student eligible for the test-optional program if he/she is a Delaware resident attending high school in another state or if he/she is a resident of another state attending high school in Delaware?
The program is only available to Delaware residents attending high school in the state of Delaware.
What is the process for my student to indicate that he/she 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.
My student wants the application to be considered without the test scores and they were already submitted, what do should he/she do?
AP & IB Credit Information
Students can earn advanced standing credit in three ways: through the College Board’s Advanced Placement tests, through college credits taken while still in high school, and through the International Baccalaureate Program.
Advanced Placements (AP) Exams & International Baccalaureate (IB)
UD will typically grants advanced credit for scores of 4, 5, and in most cases 3 on Advanced Placement exams.
The University of Delaware will consider transfer credit for courses taken at the IB Higher Level when students receive a “4” or higher. Students may transfer no more than a year’s worth of credit in each IB course.
UD accepts credits from other special programs under the following conditions:
- The course must appear on a college transcript and the college must be fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency.
- The student should earn a “C” or better in the course.
- The course must be an academic course with an equivalent course offered.
Gap Year Programs at non-U.S. Universities
First-Year students who want to transfer coursework from non-U.S. Gap Year programs before enrolling at UD must submit the official college transcript for evaluation to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)