Transferring to UD
There's a place for you here. More than 500 students transfer to the University of Delaware each year, some from nearby schools in Delaware, others from as far away as China. As soon as you step on campus, we strive to make you feel at home.
Here you will study and collaborate with our award-winning faculty, each with a commitment to your development as a scholar and an individual. UD will cultivate your passion for learning, your curiosity and your connection with the larger world. UD is a place for you to explore and to grow.
Plan Your Visit
A visit to campus is the best way to see yourself as a Blue Hen.
Join us for a special visit experience for transfer students, enjoy a walking tour with a current student, have lunch on Main Street, or just spend some time exploring our campus. Any time of year that's right for you is a great time to visit the University of Delaware!
How to Apply
Applicants should submit each item:
- The Common Application for transfer students. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the international admissions application. Please review the International Admissions website.
- All college transcripts (including college courses taken while in high school)
- An official, final high school transcript or GED certificate, and official SAT/ACT Scores if you have not completed at least 30 transferable college credits at the time of application.
The non-refundable $75 application fee may be waived for reasons of financial hardship or if you are a U.S. Military Veteran.
Unofficial college transcripts may be used for admissions purposes, but if admitted, official transcripts will be required. UD will complete a transfer evaluation of your credits once you’re admitted and after your official transcripts are received by the Admissions Office
Transfer applicants may have official college transcripts mailed to University of Delaware, Admissions Office, Newark, DE, 19716. The Admissions Office also accepts electronic transcripts via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transferable credits consist of coursework that is not remedial or zero-level and must include final grades of a traditional letter grade of A, B, C, etc., not Pass/Fail.
Please submit an official, final high school transcript. Your SAT or ACT scores are still available in your previous file. You should also submit any official AP or IB test scores not previously sent.
Transfer applicants with 29 or fewer transferable credits at the time of enrollment may be considered for University Studies-Undeclared.
Only transfer applicants with 17 or fewer transfer credits at the time of enrollment may be considered for acceptance into the Honors Program. An official, final high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores are also required and will be heavily considered in the admissions decision. Limited opportunities within the University Honors Program may be available for high ability applicants with no more than 30 credits at the time of enrollment, however your high school transcript and standardized test scores must also be submitted for consideration.
Yes, if you are a Delaware resident and if you have completed 29 or fewer transferable college credits at the time of enrollment.
A letter of recommendation is optional. If you wish to submit a recommendation, one from a college instructor is preferred.
Any student who has graduated from high school and has taken any amount of college credits must apply as a transfer applicant.
I'm a high school senior who has taken college courses while in high school. Do I apply as a freshman or transfer applicant?
If you’re still in high school and have taken college courses, you apply as a first-year applicant.
Even if all your prior courses and final grades appear on another transcript, transfer applicants must submit all previous college transcripts. Your application will be reviewed once all transcripts are received.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Fall Application Deadline: May 1*
Spring Application Deadline: November 1*
*Applicants submitting the application and any required materials after the deadlines may be considered on a space-available basis.
Transfer applicants are evaluated and notified by mail on a rolling basis beginning October for Spring applicants, and beginning January for Fall applicants. Beginning these months and once all materials are received, applicants will hear from the Admissions Office in about 2-4 weeks.* The Admissions Office will email you if you need to submit current semester final grades or other pertinent items (audition, portfolio) before an admissions decision can be made.
*Decisions for majors in the College of Engineering may take additional time since space availability needs to be determined at the end of each semester.
Next Steps After Acceptance
The Admissions Office will mail you an official acceptance letter and packet of information, as well as update your admission status on your My Blue Hen Home student portal. Please review your custom portal page regularly to keep track of pertinent fall enrollment information and to complete necessary tasks to finalize your enrollment.
There is a $500 non-refundable deposit. For Spring, admissions deposits are due within three weeks from the date of your admissions letter. For Fall, deposits are due May 1 if admitted by April 10. After April 10, deposit payments are due within three weeks of the date of your admissions letter.
Admitted transfers may request a deferral for one semester. Not all deferrals are granted, but are usually granted for documented medical reasons or for military obligations. Other reasons may be considered. If granted, the student must pay the non-refundable $500 admissions deposit at the time the deferral is granted. Deferral requests may be emailed to email@example.com.
We encourage transfers to apply for on-campus housing. The housing application is available on your admissions portal once you submit the $500 admissions deposit. Please review the Transfer Housing website for more information since housing options and deadlines may change.
First-semester freshmen who transfer to UD in the spring semester are required to live on campus unless their permanent residence is within 30 miles of campus. Otherwise transfers are encouraged to live on campus. Please review the Transfer Housing website for more information.
All new transfer students must complete the math placement before attending New Student Orientation.
Financing Your Degree
|Room (Standard Double):||$7,462||$7,462|
|Health Service Fee:||$454||$454|
|Comprehensive Student Fee:||$598||$598|
|Student Center Fee:||$238||$238|
*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.
Need-Based Financial Aid
The University of Delaware considers aid for transfer students based on financial need, and this requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Need-based aid may come in the form of federal grants and loans. File the FAFSA or update your existing FAFSA using UD's school code, 001431, in order to be considered for all possible need-based aid. You must file a new form each year.
Begin FAFSA filing: October 1
Recommended deadline for FAFSA filing: January 15
If you submit your FAFSA results to UD's Student Financial Services, you may view your financial aid package via your My Blue Hen Home student portal shortly after your acceptance.
Transfer students may be considered for merit awards after completion of their first semester at UD. Interested students may contact Student Financial Services for more information.
Each June, current students are evaluated for scholarship support for the following academic year. These University-endowed scholarships are made possible by our generous donors, and some awards have specific criteria (e.g. college or major) in addition to merit and financial need. If you are selected for one of these awards, you will be notified automatically. However, you must file the FAFSA to be included for consideration. Some scholarships require an additional application.
The number of endowed scholarships is limited and awards are typically $2,000 per year.
Transfer students who are currently attending a community college will be considered for scholarships valued at $2,000/year for Delaware residents, and $6,000/year for non-Delaware residents if they:
- Are a member of Phi Theta Kappa
- Have completed at least 30 credits (at their current community college)*
- Continue to maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
- Enroll directly at UD in 12+ credits each fall and spring semester
- Maintain a 3.0 UD GPA
*It may be more financially and professionally beneficial to earn your associate's degree at your current community college before enrolling at UD. You may be able to transfer UD courses back to your previous college to earn an associate's degree.