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:
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.
Graduate Into Greatness
UD alumni have gone on to become TV personalities, NFL coaches, doctors, lawyers, engineers, artists and writers … even the president of the United States. We make sure our students leave campus on the right path to find their dream job. And the numbers bear that out. 93% of 2018 – 2020 bachelor’s degree graduates are employed or pursuing further education within six months after graduation
To get at the root of an issue and make a breakthrough takes insight and perseverance, traits honed in the UD Honors College. With opportunities for deep inquiry and research, along with small class sizes, the Honors College gives you the freedom to investigate whatever sparks your intellectual curiosity. No matter which major you choose, honors provides unique opportunities, a challenging and diverse academic environment and an encouraging community.
Scholars and Fellows programs
At UD, we know your interests go beyond your major. That’s OK. Here, you’re encouraged to branch out and explore your passions. Our Scholars and Fellows programs allow you to engage in fields beyond your own, complementing your major without the commitment of a minor. Have a passion for tackling societal issues? Join Community Engagement Scholars or Access:Ability Scholars. Taking classes in the humanities but want to gain experience in entrepreneurship? Join Delaware Innovation Fellows.
Explore all six of our Scholars and Fellows programs.
Travel the world starting your first year. Students admitted to this prestigious four-year program are driven by a desire to engage with other cultures, learn new languages, prepare for global careers or just see the world. In their first year, World Scholars study in Italy, Spain, Greece or New Zealand, then continue their global engagement on campus and with another semester abroad junior year.
Ideal candidates desire to live like a local anywhere in the world. Does this sound like you?
Committed to Delawareans
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is dedicated to meeting with you to guide you through the process. You can find your admissions counselor on the Meet Your Counselor page.
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 an 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
All students applying to the spring and fall semester of 2022 may choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.
Students who do not submit test scores as part of the UD application are strongly encouraged to answer a supplemental question. The prompt will be available after you submit your application in your student portal, My Blue Hen Home.
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.
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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