First-Year Students



A UD education can open the door to a successful career, no matter your aspirations. 

You will be supported from the moment you step on campus through your senior year and beyond. Our Career Services Center is devoted to your success, offering career counseling, interviewing and resume writing workshops and linking you to job and internship opportunities. 

Applying as a First-Year Student?


At UD, you are more than a student. You're a researcher, explorer and inventor. Whichever one of our 150+ majors you chose, you will find our University is designed for collaboration. Our faculty are committed to connecting with you. 


From the moment you visit our beautiful campus for the first time, you'll feel like you belong here. Our First Year Experience will prepare you for college and help you feel part of the University of Delaware community from the beginning. 


My Blue Hen Home

If you haven’t already, create 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

Pathways for Delawareans

Delaware students interested in applying to the University of Delaware are encouraged to explore specific admissions programs and application requirements.

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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. 


Think of it as another way to build your portfolio of experience, strengthen your resume and increase your career prospects from the start. You can:

  • Immerse yourself in a global experience beginning with your first semester abroad
  • Receive funding for a new idea and launch a startup
  • Solve community problems or address cybersecurity needs
  • Tackle the most pressing concerns of our time
  • Access makerspaces to invent, design and create

Enrichment Opportunities

Learn in a Deeper Way

The University of Delaware Honors Program allows talented and motivated students like you to take advantage of the opportunities of a large research university while giving you personalized attention. Your experience will be focused around three key pillars: challenge, enrichment and community. Being in the UD Honors Program means:

  • Rigorous coursework
  • Small classes (more opportunities for faculty connections and research)
  • Unique enrichment opportunities likes Honors Study Abroad and private music study
  • Funding for outside-the-classroom activities
  • Special living community with peer mentors

Honors Program

UD By the Numbers

Financing Your Degree

Undergraduate Newark Campus Rates

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*Individual costs may vary based on program of study.  Students enrolled in the Lerner College of Business and Economic, the College of Engineering, and the School of Nursing will be assessed a differential charge, which helps align resources with the cost of instruction in these Colleges.

Additional information on tuition rates and fees, including part-time tuition, special sessions costs, and a breakdown of mandatory (and related) fees, can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

First-year applicants may be eligible for merit-based scholarships based on their academic profiles. All students who apply by the January 15 deadline will automatically be considered.


To apply for need-based aid, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after October 1 using the institutional code for the University of Delaware (001431). We strongly recommend filing the FAFSA by January 15. Students who file the FAFSA by that date will receive full financial aid eligibility around mid-February. Note that a new FAFSA must be completed each subsequent year for consideration. 

Financing Your Degree

The Net Price Calculator (NPC) is available to give you an estimate of what you may pay for a University of Delaware education. After October 1, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA to get your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which will help determine the financial aid we may offer you. Although the NPC only provides estimates, it is a great way to begin a financial conversation with members of your family.

Net Price Calculator