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Delawareans First

It's a principle we live by every day.

These words embody a commitment we take very seriously at UD. As Delaware's flagship university, this is a commitment to the residents of our state to provide an affordable, top-quality education. At UD, Delawareans are:


in Outreach,
in Admisson, and
in Financial Accessibility


Forty percent of the University's in-state freshmen, sophomores, and juniors receive financial assistance through the Commitment


Commitment to Delawareans Audio

Find out what it will cost you to attend UD:

First in Outreach

We touch the lives of children throughout the State

College preparation begins early. We encourage younger students to think about college, and to consider a college degree as an attainable goal, by bringing them to campus before they reach high school. Each fall and spring, hundreds of middle schoolers from New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties arrive on campus for a day of higher education.

Our commitment doesn't stop there. Each year, we gather high school counselors, representatives from area community-based organizations, and parent teacher organizations in all three counties to share developments in our community to ensure that everyone is aware of the opportunities that a University of Delaware education will bring. We also visit every high school in the state of Delaware and invite every Delaware high school senior to visit our campus.

Hear, first hand, how the University of Delaware has touched the lives of these students at right.

Dhara Amin

Dhara & Bimal Amin, Wilmington, Del.

Antisocial in the Kitchen

Kendall Poole, Newark, Del.

Will Fitzhugh

Will Fitzhugh, Gumboro, Del.

SMannie Monsalve

Manuela Monsalve, Smyrna, Del.

We touch the lives of children throughout the State

Dhara Amin

Dhara & Bimal Amin

  • MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering &
    Biomedical Engineering
  • HOMETOWN: Wilmington, Del.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Newark High

DHARA: My first reason for choosing the University of Delaware was engineering. Its engineering program is one of the top 50 in the U.S. The second reason was money. I knew UD had a preference toward Delawareans. I wanted to go out of state but Delaware was similar academically to my other top choice and was about $30,000 less per year. Delaware's financial commitment to residents was tough to ignore. It's definitely saving my parents a lot since both my brother and I are in college at the same time.

BIMAL: I wanted to stay in state because I love Delaware. I'm doing undergraduate research with a professor studying cancer cell growth. Being close to home means I can work on this during semesters, Winter and Summer Sessions. I consider getting to do undergraduate research as a freshman a great accomplishment and hope it will look good on my applications to medical school. I plan to become an oncologist.


We touch the lives of children throughout the State

Kendall Poole

Kendall Poole

  • MAJOR: Exercise Science
  • HOMETOWN: Newark, Del.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Newark High

I remember learning about the Commitment one night when I was working at the Bob Carpenter Center, where I've worked since 9th grade. They put out materials during basketball games, and I read the requirements chart. I took four years of Spanish in high school, and I became fascinated with anatomy and physiology. I felt good about being on the right track.

To students who are looking to apply to the University of Delaware, my advice is to continue to be aware of the Commitment to Delawareans. Be aware of the classes and be aware of how on track you are. I think that it's an eye opener to students in high school around the state that they actually have a chance of getting in and they should try to apply to the University of Delaware.

The financial commitment impacted my decision. I had decided I was going to go to the military and then go to college. With the Commitment to Delawareans and my financial aid situation, I realized that college was definitely possible.


We touch the lives of children throughout the State

Mannie Monsalve

Manuela Monsalve

  • MAJORS: Political Science and Spanish Studies
  • HOMETOWN: Smyrna, Del.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: PolyTech

I took the most rigorous courses PolyTech High School offered. I took AP English; I took a lot of courses during independent study. I just personally felt like I wanted to take the best that was offered at my high school. AP history was the course that challenged me the most. All of the reading really prepared me for the kind of reading I do in my college courses now. It was a lot of work but it paid off.

UD was not my first choice. In high school, you don't realize what a select school UD is and how privileged in-state students are to go here. Everything happened for a reason and I believe that I was meant to go to UD.

The scholarships and the financial aid I receive at UD are really helpful. The University's Commitment takes care of housing, the meal plan, course credits and more. Without them I would never be able to go to college.

I love UD. I love the school, I love my job, the classes, the professors, the people. The atmosphere is just fantastic.


We touch the lives of children throughout the State

Will Fitzhugh

Will Fitzhugh

  • MAJOR: History Education
  • HOMETOWN: Gumboro, Del.
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Indian River

Every school to which I applied accepted me. My dad was glad that I was going to UD because it was the one I wanted to go to the most. A lot of my teachers and mentors at Indian River High School went to UD, and I want to teach at Indian River when I graduate. This year, I was an intern coach for the football team there, and we won the state championship.

The financial commitment is a big help. I'm going to have a manageable debt that I can pay off, hopefully, within a couple years after I start working.


First in Admissions

Residents of our state will be given priority evaluation.

All Delaware residents who meet our requirements and submit applications for freshman admission by the deadline of January 15 will be given priority evaluation by the Office of Admissions. Historically, close to 90% of Delawareans who apply are admitted to UD, with 65% gaining a place on our main campus and another 25% enrolling in the University’s Associate in Arts Program. Delawareans can be confident they will never compete with non-Delawareans for spaces at the University.


Learn how Delawareans are first at UD >


92% of Delawareans who applied for the Fall of 2014 were offered admission to the University of Delaware 70% were admitted to the Newark campus Only 60% of Out of State students applicants received the same offer.



Read what UD President Patrick Harker has to say about our commitment.
(Reprinted from The News Journal and Delaware Online)

First in Financial Accessibility

No undergraduate pays the full cost of a University of Delaware education.

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified residents of our state. We pledge to meet the full demonstrated financial need — up to the cost of in-state tuition, fees, a stipend for books, and on-campus room and board — of all Delawareans who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the deadline. Understanding how important it is to leave college with as little debt as possible, our goal is that no student will have loans in excess of 25% of the cost of a 4-year education.

And while a University of Delaware education is a tremendous value, we recognize that it still represents a considerable investment for families. We want Delawareans to know that your investment in a Delaware degree will benefit you greatly. According to the Bureau of Economic Development, the annual salary of a college graduate is 64 percent higher than that of a high school graduate. For the average holder of a University of Delaware bachelor’s degree, this translates into an extra $830,000 earned over his or her working career.


In 2012, when we have achieved our first full four year cohort under the Commitment, UD will have awarded more than $10.5 million.

Find out what it will cost to attend UD!

FigureThe average one-year cost to educate a UD student (undergraduate and graduate) in FY 2011 was $29,947.

Academic Requirements

Your academic roadmap to a University education

Commitment to Delawareans Audio

The goal of our Commitment to Delawareans is to prepare Delaware high school students for admission to the University of Delaware. We remain true to this goal by providing all students in our state with an “academic roadmap," a requirements chart that shows the courses a student must complete and the level of performance a student must achieve to be reasonably confident of gaining admission to the University of Delaware (at right). While we cannot guarantee admission until a student has submitted a complete application, we can lay out what a student needs to do in middle school and grades 9 through 12 to be prepared for Delaware admission. It is important to note that students who do not meet the requirements are still considered for admission and, in many cases, are still admitted to the University of Delaware.


Course Years Academic Level
English 4 At Least college preparatory
Mathematics 4 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 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 approvedintegrated science curriculum
History 2 At least college preparatory, including one course in world history
Foreign Languages 3 of same At least college preparatory and all 3 years must be completed during 9-12 grades
Social Studies 2 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 At Least college preparatory
  • The University of Delaware Admissions Office will be working with each high school in our state to identify which of their courses we will count as college preparatory or higher.

Your academic roadmap to a University education


1. You must complete at least 20 full year academic courses between grades 9 through 12, and at least 5 of those units must be completed during your senior year.
2. The level of these 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.
3. At least 2 of these 20 academic 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 phase 5 would meet this requirement.
4. Among these 20 full year academic courses, 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.
5. 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 of crimes are not eligible.
6. 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.
7. 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.)
8. Finally, your 20 academic courses must include those specified in the Course Requirements outlined here.