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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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Important Dates

Application and supporting materials: January 15

Deposit for Fall: May 1

 

 

Supplemental Deadlines for Special Programs

Apparel Design Portfolio: January 15

Art Portfolio: January 15

Music Major Audition Dates: January 15

 

Fall Financial Aid Deadlines

Begin FAFSA Filing: October 1

Recommended Deadline for FAFSA Filing: January 15

Financing information for your student

 

Test Codes

SAT: 5811

ACT: 0634

 

UD by the Numbers

092513-ELC - Service-Learning-CEHD

TEST-OPTIONAL ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR DELAWAREANS

A new pilot program will give Delaware residents the ability to choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application. The program begins for those applying to enter UD in fall 2017.

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 25 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 right for my student?

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.  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 pilot 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 pilot 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?

The first step in the process is to encourage the student to submit an application to the University of Delaware through the Common App. Once we receive the application, the My Blue Hen Home portal will indicate items that need to be submitted before the application is complete and ready for evaluation. One of those items will be the Delaware Supplement form. The student will need to access this form and follow the instructions. 

My student wants the application to be considered without the test scores and they were already submitted, what do should he/she do?

The student will need to complete the Delaware Supplement form in the My Blue Hen Home portal to indicate if he or she wants the test scores to be considered as a part of the application. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will not review the application until the form and all other checklist items are complete.  If the scores were already sent, and the student indicates that he or she would like to be reviewed without them, we will take the steps necessary to remove them from the application evaluation process.

It is important to be aware that we are unable to remove SAT/ACT scores from the application evaluation process once the student indicates on the form that he or she would like the scores to be considered.

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

UD will typically grant advanced credit for scores of 4, 5, and in most cases 3.

Advanced Placement Credit 

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Delaware will consider transfer credit for courses taken at the 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.

International Baccalaureate Credit 

 

Additional Opportunities

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)