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:
Apply to the University of Delaware for free
UD is opening College application month early. Starting today, Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school can apply to UD for free. Simply complete your application by Nov. 30, then, in the “Questions” section of either The Common Application or the Coalition application, go to the section for fee waivers and click “Yes, I am eligible for a Delaware Application Month fee waiver.”
And that’s it. You’re done. The $75 fee will be waived.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS PROGRAM AND THE MARGARET H. ROLLINS SCHOOL OF NURSING
DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM
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.
A Day in the Blue Hen Life
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