APPLYING TO UD
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Preparation for Admission
Students applying to UD should have a strong background in core academic courses. High school honors, advanced placement, and International Baccalaureate coursework is encouraged.
The average GPA for the Class of 2019 is 3.68 (on a 4.0 scale)
Honors program students: 3.95 (on a 4.0 scale)
Standardized Test Scores
We accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634).
We recommend that you submit two SAT Subject Tests and the ACT Writing Supplement.
How to Apply
Create an Account
Create your Common Application account and add the University of Delaware to your dashboard.
Letter of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation through the Common Application by people familiar with your academic achievements.
Submit an essay responding to the prompt on the Common Application. Remember, a great story can set your application apart.
Help us understand your passion. Use our Major Finder to identify a major.
Request that official SAT or ACT test scores be sent directly to UD from the testing agency.
High School Requirements and Recommendations
|Subject||Years Required||Years Recommended|
|Science||3 (2 must include lab)||4 (3 must include lab)|
|Foreign Languages||2 of the same||4 of the same|
|Total||18 units||20-22 units|
* at least two of the units must be history, and one of those must be world history. An additional year of math or science may be substituted for the 4th year of social science.
† Foreign language courses taken before the ninth grade do not count.
Please note that:
• Prospective majors in mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, and natural science should complete four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus.
• Prospective majors in biology, chemistry, physics and all prospective majors in Engineering are expected to take at least one year each of biology, physics, and chemistry, and are strongly urged to take two years of a laboratory science.
• Prospective majors in nursing must have completed at least one year of both biology and chemistry, and are strongly urged to take two years of chemistry.
Step 1. To be considered for admission to the Honors Program, respond yes to the question, “Would you like to be considered for the UD Honors Program and complete the required essay in the Common Application.
Step 2. Prepare Your Honors Essay.
On the Common Application, you will be asked to write a 250 to 500 word essay answering one of these three questions. We’ve provided the questions here in the event you would like to prepare your answer before creating your application.
Question 1: The University of Delaware Strategic Plan emphasizes the role of the University in addressing the grand challenges of our time. Identify one or two grand challenges that you believe are most significant for your generation. What recommendations do you have for addressing these challenges and what outcomes do you hope to see? In what ways will your college experience be relevant?
Question 2: Wallace Bacon, an eminent literary scholar, wrote that the liberal arts and humanities “are concerned with the question of what makes life worth living.” Tell us what you think makes life worth living. Include a brief discussion of any particularly meaningful experiences, works of literature, art, music, etc. that have influenced your perspective and tell us how you intend to explore this question as a UD Honors student.
Question 3: What are you optimistic about. Why?
Step 3. Submit your application. And remember, if you are not admitted into Honors, your application will still be reviewed for general admission to the University.
Applicants who are home-schooled or who have attended high schools that are not regionally accredited should follow these recommendations:
Provide a transcript of your grades.
If you can, provide a sample portfolio of your work or a research paper you’ve written.
Provide SAT or ACT (including the ACT Writing Test) scores. We also require at least two SAT Subject Test scores.
Music, Art and Apparel Design Applicants
Occupational Therapy/Health Sciences Applicants
Candidates seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy-Health Sciences BS/MS program in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University should complete an additional essay (available with the Common Application) by January 15.