First-Year In-State Students


Your State, Your School

It’s simple: As a Delawarean, you come first.


This is a promise we take very seriously. We are dedicated to providing a top-quality education that is affordable to every Delawarean. No matter what your financial situation, we make sure all Delaware residents can earn a college degree. Let your ambition decide your future.


We’re here to serve Delaware—to serve you. Apply Early Action or before the priority deadline of Jan. 15 and you will never compete with non-residents for space at UD.


If you are not applying as a first-year in-state student, see below:

My Blue Hen Home

After you have submitted your application, login to your personalized My Blue Hen Home account. You’ll find a checklist of application materials and items needed to complete your file. Check back for special invitations and important information related to decisions, financial aid, housing, health and medical forms, placement exams, and more.

My Blue Hen Home

Pursue Your Passion

At UD we have over 150 majors, over 100 minors and over 50 bachelor’s plus accelerated master’s degree programs (4+1 programs). That’s a lot of options, giving you the ability to customize your education. We’ve made it easy for you to compare majors and get an idea of what each of your four years at UD will look like by using our Major Finder.

Major Finder

Graduate Into Greatness

UD’s job and career placement rates have historically been well above the national average, according to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. View salaries and employment by major, location and more on our outcomes page.



Honors College

Are you looking to expand your intellectual horizons? If you are the type of student who wants to work hard academically, but also be part of a bright and vibrant community of scholars, the UD Honors College is a good fit for you. Regardless of your major, you will find yourself immersed in a world of opportunities from small Honors classes, residence hall programming and more. 



Honors College

Enrichment Opportunities

Scholars and Fellows programs

We know how important it is for you not only to graduate with a strong career pathway, but also to have a competitive edge. We are looking for creative thinkers like you to join one or more of our Scholars and Fellows programs, learning and enrichment experiences that will push the boundaries of your intellectual curiosity while giving you specialized skills and career connections. 

Enrichment Opportunities

World Scholars

Looking to immerse yourself in global study? Our innovative UD World Scholars Program will give you an extraordinary four years, beginning with your first semester abroad in Italy, Spain or New Zealand. You will have specialized coursework, internships, a second study abroad, interaction with key individuals on the international stage, and career guidance and mentorship. There's no other program like it. 


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Committed to Delawareans

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is dedicated to meeting with you personally to guide you through the process. To connect with your direct representative, view the Meet Your Counselor list.

Meet Your Counselor


First in Financial Accessibility

Our aim is to make a UD education affordable to all qualified* residents of our state. We pledge to ensure financial aid is available 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.

This means a qualified student can attend the University with the assurance that their family will not be asked to contribute more than their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. While students are asked to invest in their education by borrowing 25% of costs in loans each year (or pay if they decline to borrow). Our goal is to ensure that students graduate with debt that is manageable and the earning potential from their bachelor's degree far outweighs, over time, what they are responsible to pay back. The University commits grants and scholarships that will be made available to cover their remaining financial need.

*Students admitted as first-time freshman qualify for On-Campus Grant. 

Financing Your Degree


Tuition and Fees for Delaware Residents

Find out what it could cost you to attend UD. For an individualized estimate of the financial aid you may expect from the University, fill out the Net Price Calculator.


Test-Optional Admissions Program

In light of students having difficulties accessing SAT and ACT testing due to COVID-19, all students applying to the spring and fall semester of 2021 may choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

After the fall of 2021, we will continue to offer the 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 standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) in the evaluation of their application.

Students who do not submit test scores as part of the UD application will be required to answer supplemental questions. These essays will be available after you submit your application in your personalized student portal, My Blue Hen Home. If you wish to prepare ahead of time, you may refer to them on our admissions requirements page by clicking the button below.

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Associate in Arts Program

The University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program (AAP) offers Delaware students a two-year path to an associate’s degree with an option to continue to a bachelor's degree program.

Students who enroll in AAP begin their UD college career at a campus of their choice, in either Georgetown, Dover or Wilmington. The program offers only University of Delaware courses – the same courses taught on the Newark campus – taught exclusively by University of Delaware faculty. The AAP has an added benefit: for students who qualify for a SEED Scholarship, your tuition could be free!

The Associate in Arts courses simultaneously fulfill the core requirements for majors leading to the bachelor’s degree. Associate in Arts students enjoy an uninterrupted transition from the associate degree program to a bachelor degree program. Most students relocate to Newark for their junior year to complete their University of Delaware four-year degree.

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Tuition and Fees

Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education

Are you interested in pursuing a teaching career? The Elementary Teacher Education (ETE) Program prepares outstanding elementary, middle school and special education teachers to meet the challenges of educating today’s diverse student population. At our Georgetown and Wilmington campuses, you can earn an associate in arts degree while engaging in the same education courses and field research that you would find on the Newark campus. After successful completion of the Associate in Arts Program, you can transition to UD’s Newark campus as a junior to complete your bachelor of science in education.



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Beebe Healthcare's Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and the University of Delaware have partnered in a new program designed to provide an educational pathway for nursing students in Sussex County through UD's Associate in Arts Program (AAP) at their Georgetown Campus. 

Beginning fall 2017, students will dually enroll in the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing and in the UD Associate in Arts Program (AAP). They will earn both a Diploma in Nursing and an Associate in Arts degree. After successful completion of the Diploma program, students can work as a registered nurse while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Dual Enrollment Nursing Application


Student Stories



A Day in the Blue Hen Life

Blue Hens are passionate about and involved in many different things. Our social media channels provide a great look into daily life on UD’s campus. Follow us to learn more about student life, campus events, athletics, research, and more.

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Meet Your Admissions Representative

New Castle County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Alexis I Du Pont High School Alejandra McFern
Appoquinomink High School Alejandra McFern
Aquinas Academy Alejandra McFern
Archmere Academy Kelly Ball
Back to Basics Alejandra McFern
Brandywine High School Alejandra McFern
Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School Alejandra McFern
Caravel Academy Alejandra McFern
Charter School of Wilmington Alejandra McFern
Christiana High School Tim Danos
Concord Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Concord High School Alejandra McFern
Conrad Schools of Science Alejandra McFern
Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security Alejandra McFern
Delaware Military Academy Alejandra McFern
Delaware School for the Deaf Alejandra McFern
Delcastle Tech High School Alejandra McFern
Fairwinds Christian School Alejandra McFern
Freire Charter School Alejandra McFern
Glasgow High School Tim Danos
Hodgson Voc Tech High School Alejandra McFern
Home School - Delaware Alejandra McFern
Howard High School Technology Alejandra McFern
James H. Groves Adult HS Alejandra McFern
John Dickinson High School Alejandra McFern
Layton Prep Alejandra McFern
Middletown High School Alejandra McFern
MOT Charter Alejandra McFern
Mount Pleasant High School Alejandra McFern
Mount Sophia Academy Alejandra McFern
New School Alejandra McFern
Newark Charter School Alejandra McFern
Newark High School Tim Danos
Odyssey Charter School Alejandra McFern
Padua Academy Lisa Prescott
Positive Outcome Charter School Alejandra McFern
Red Lion Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Salesianum School Alejandra McFern
Sanford School Kelly Ball
Sarah Pyle Academy for Academic Intensity Alejandra McFern
St. Andrew's School Kelly Ball
St. Elizabeth High School Alejandra McFern
St. Marks High School Alejandra McFern
St. Georges Technical High School Alejandra McFern
Tall Oaks Classical School Alejandra McFern
The Tatnall School Kelly Ball
Thomas McKean High School Alejandra McFern
Tower Hill School Kelly Ball
Towle Institute Alejandra McFern
Ursuline Academy Lisa Prescott
William Penn High School Alejandra McFern
Wilmington Christian School Alejandra McFern
Wilmington Friends School Kelly Ball
Kent County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Caesar Rodney Sr High School Alejandra McFern
Calvary Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Capitol Baptist School Alejandra McFern
Central Christian School Alejandra McFern
Dover Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Early College High School at Delaware State University
Alejandra McFern
First State Military Academy Alejandra McFern
James H Groves High School Alejandra McFern
Kent Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Lake Forest High School Alejandra McFern
Polytech HS Kent County Alejandra McFern
Smyrna High School Alejandra McFern
St. Thomas More Academy Alejandra McFern
Sussex County High School UD Admissions Counselor
Cape Henlopen High School Alejandra McFern
Delmar Junior-Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Delmarva Christian High School Alejandra McFern
Greenwood Mennonite School Alejandra McFern
Indian River High School Alejandra McFern
Laurel Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Milford First Baptist Christian School Alejandra McFern
Milford Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Seaford Christian Academy Alejandra McFern
Seaford Senior High School  Alejandra McFern
Sussex Academy Alejandra McFern
Sussex Central Senior High School Alejandra McFern
Sussex Technical High School Alejandra McFern
Woodbridge High School Alejandra McFern