Frequently Asked Questions
What are the general admissions requirements? Is there a minimum GPA or test score?
To be considered for admission, all freshmen applicants must submit their application, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and standardized test scores. While there is no minimum GPA or combined test score, our average GPA for last year’s admitted class was a 3.60-3.99; students had a combined testing average of 1200-1350 for the SAT and a 25-30 average composite for the ACT.
What additional materials are required for international applicants?
In addition to the application, original high school transcript and letters of recommendation, international applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, the UD Confidential Financial Information Form, a bank statement, UD’s Summary of Educational Experiences form, and a copy of your current passport. If a student wishes to be considered for merit scholarship, they must also submit SAT or ACT scores.
What qualities do you hope to see in a prospective student and applicant?
Applicants to the University of Delaware are reviewed in a holistic manner. This means we consider all aspects of an applicant’s experience including academic achievement, extracurricular achievement and character. We hope to see that our students have dedicated time to activities for which they are passionate and are eager to contribute to our community both in and out of the classroom.
Which standardized tests are required for admission?
We accept both the SAT or the ACT. We do not require our applicants to complete both exams, but will consider results from either test. We are able to ”super-score” the SAT taking the best individual subject result from each testing date. We do not "super-score" the ACT but we will take the highest composite.
What are the application deadlines?
The University of Delaware has only one deadline, January 15th. There are no Early Action or Early Decision options for applicants. Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be delivered on a rolling basis once the application has been marked complete.
Are interviews required?
The University of Delaware does not conduct formal interviews as part of the admissions application process. If you have any questions regarding the University of Delaware or applying, please contact your admissions counselor.
How can I arrange a campus tour?
All visit opportunities are listed on our Plan Your Visit page. Students can view tour opportunities and register through this page. Tours are offered Monday through Friday throughout the year. A number of Saturday visit options are also available. Students that sign up for tours will have a complete tour of our campus and an information session. We also host several Open Houses throughout the year. Open Houses are a great opportunity for students to tour the campus and meet with faculty in each department.
How long does it take for applicants to be notified of their decision?
Decisions are released to students 8 to 12 weeks following the completion of their application. An application is complete once all required materials have been received. A student can track the status of their application to see if all materials have been received through their My Blue Hen Home student portal. Students will receive login information to create their pages after submitting their application.
How many applications were received last year and what is your acceptance rate?
Approximately 27,800 applications were received last year and nearly 55% of our applicants were accepted.
What are the admissions requirements for entrance into the Honors Program?
Applicants to the Honors Program must submit all the required documents of our traditional freshmen. In addition, honors applicants must complete one additional essay that is included in the application. The general profile for an honors students is 3.92-4.17 GPA and a combined SAT of 1380-1475 or an ACT composite of 30-33.
Do I apply into a specific major or do students enter as undeclared?
With the exception of a few select majors, most of our 150+ major options are direct-admit programs. We encourage students to select a specific major of interest when applying. Students are able to select both a first choice and a second choice major on their application. If a student is undecided, our University Studies – Undeclared program allows students to explore a range of interests before declaring a major. Students can change their major should their interests change. It is expected that a student will be solidified in their major selection by the end of their sophomore year.
Do you give credit for AP, IB or college courses taken during high school?
Yes. AP scores of 3, 4, and 5 can often be accepted for credit at UD. Higher Level IB scores of 4 or higher can be accepted for credit. Additionally, any college course that was taken for a letter grade where the student received a C or better can be accepted for credit.
How much does it cost to attend the University of Delaware?
How do you apply for financial aid and what is the deadline?
To be considered for financial aid, a student and their family must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA has a recommended filing date of January 15. The FAFSA should be submitted prior to May 1 to receive your complete scholarship package.
How do you apply for merit-based scholarships and what is the average award?
All freshmen applicants will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships provided they have applied before our January 15 deadline. Merit awards are driven by a student’s academic performance and standardized test scores. While average award packages vary, typical award packages range from $2,000 to $15,000 dollars a year.
How can I calculate my estimated cost to attend UD?
Applicants can use our Student Net Price Calculator to calculate their estimated cost of attending UD.
What is the average class size? What is the student to faculty ratio?
The average class size for undergraduate students is 35. Our student to faculty ratio is 15:1.
How accessible are professors outside of class?
Professors are very accessible outside of class and are committed to assisting students. All professors are required to hold weekly office hours that guarantee time with professors if needed. Additionally, professors are available by email to schedule appointments on a case-by-case basis.
Will I have an academic advisor?
Each student will be assigned an academic advisor, a faculty member within his or her department, upon enrolling at UD. This advisor will act as a resource during course selection and guidance in completing departmental requirements towards graduation.
How is your (any major) program?
Our reputation is built upon every student that graduates from our programs. Therefore, all of our majors are strong and prepare students to continue in their field through employment of additional educational programs. We encourage students to explore our majors further on our Major Finder.
What majors are offered? What’s the most popular major?
The University of Delaware offers over 150 majors and over 100 minors to our undergraduate students. Some of our most popular programs include Finance, Nursing, Marketing, Exercise Science, Mechanical Engineering and UST.
When do I select my first semester classes?
Freshmen will select their first semester classes during their New Student Orientation. NSO is a one-day program that will take place the summer prior to starting at UD. An advisor will be present to assist students with their course selection.
Do I need a computer?
While we encourage students to bring their own personal laptop computers, we do have ample resources for students. Laptop computers can be rented short-term from the library. Additionally, there are a number of computer labs throughout the university that allow for ample computer access.
How are the libraries and computer labs?
The University of Delaware is home to over four libraries. Our largest library, Morris Library, provides excellent space for independent studying, group studying, and computer access. Morris is also home to our extensive Media and Technology collection and services center. Our computer labs are excellently maintained and provide flexible hours for students to work at their convenience.
What student services are offered (tutoring, career counseling, study workshops)?
The Academic Enrichment Center provides extensive academic assistance through individual tutoring, group study sessions, mentoring, academic success and study skills workshops, personal and social advising and referral assistance.
The Bank of America Career Services Center strives to provide the highest quality comprehensive career services to all students and alumni. The Career Center functions as a key source for development and implemental of career and educational plans. The Career Center hosts a number of career workshops center around resume building, interview skills, and “elevator-pitch” development. They also host a number of career fairs throughout the year.
Are there special services for students with learning disabilities?
Students with documented disabilities receive accommodations as determined by the University’s Documentation Review Committee. Documentation guidelines are available online with the Office of Disability Support Services.
Are there support programs for underrepresented students?
The programs listed below provide some combination of academic monitoring, mentoring, professional development, advisement, tutoring, scholarship information, and leadership development for traditionally underrepresented populations.
- Education Majors
A.S.P.I.R.E - Academic Support Programs Inspiring Renaissance Educators
- Business Majors
UDREAM - Providing Excellence in Education and Leadership
- Sciences Majors
NUCLEUS - Network of Undergraduate Collaborative Learning Experience for Underrepresented Scholars
- Engineering Majors
RISE - Resources to Insure Successful Engineers
- All Majors
One of eight federally funded TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program offers effective preparation for doctoral study to low-income, first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education. McNair Scholars participate in extensive undergraduate research internships in their field of interest.
Are there opportunities for undergraduate research?
As a Tier 1 research institution, undergraduate research is a large part of the UD experience. Research opportunities are available across all disciplines as early as your freshman year. Some undergrads are publishing and presenting research nationally with their professors.
Are there study abroad programs?
The University of Delaware was the first school in the nation to offer a study abroad program. Students have the opportunity to study abroad as early as their freshman year. Study abroad programs are available across all departments with students traveling to over 40 countries every year. Over a third of our students will study abroad at least once before graduating.
How many students reside on campus?
Freshmen are required to live on campus unless they live within a 30 mile radius of our campus. It is because of this that approximately 90% of freshmen live on campus. By junior year, approximately 50% of students are living on campus.
What type of housing is available?
We have a number of housing options available for students. In the freshman year, a majority of our students will be houses in traditional-style resident halls where the room opens up to a hall with a shared bathroom. There are some suite-style rooms available for freshmen. In these residence halls, a shared bathroom connects two bedrooms. For upperclassmen, these two options, as well as apartment-style residences that include a small kitchen, are available.
Is student housing guaranteed for all four years?
Student housing is guaranteed to students for all four years provided they apply for housing by our deadline.
Would I have a roommate or live alone?
Freshmen are housed in doubles or triples in their first year. As an upperclassman, you may be living in a residence hall in a single room or share an apartment or suite with up to 4 other students.
How are roommates selected?
After submitting the housing deposit, freshmen will be asked to complete a housing survey. The survey will ask questions regarding living habits. Freshmen will then be randomly assigned to a roommate. If a student meets a student prior to moving in, they can request to be assigned with that specific student.
What types of extracurricular opportunities exist on campus?
Athletics: The intercollegiate Athletics Program includes 21 NCAA Division I teams. Recreation Services supports a wide variety of student-run competitive club sports. Currently there are 36 different club sport programs. The university provides an extensive intramural program with 29 programs.
Registered Student Organizations: Approximately 400+ Registered Student Organizations provide leadership experiences and special interest opportunities at the University. Students can choose from departmental clubs, professional societies, cultural associations, religious, recreational, social, educational and performing arts activities.
What is it like on campus on the weekends? Is UD a “suitcase school”?
Student life during the weekends is very vibrant. UD is located in a great college town with tons of shops and restaurants along Main Street, the heart of downtown Newark. A huge majority of students elect to stay on campus during the weekends to take advantage of the local culture and the university-sponsored activities. There are many concerts, performances and other fun, student-driven activities happening every weekend.
How many students attend UD and where do they come from?
UD is a mid-size school with just over 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 3,600 graduate students. Our focus is on undergraduate education. Nearly 70% of our students come from out-of-state. Much of our non-resident population comes from the east coast. However, we matriculate students from nearly all fifty states every year. The remaining 30% of our population is comprised of Delawareans.
Where is UD located? Are there major cities nearby?
UD is located in the classic college town of Newark, DE at the very center of the East Coast. Students have easy access to NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. which all fall within a two-hour radius. Getting to these major metropolitan hubs is easy with Amtrak, SEPTA regional rails and MegaBus having stations on our campus. We are also closely located to airports in Philadelphia and Baltimore.
What is transportation like and can you have a car on campus freshman year?
The University of Delaware campus is extremely walk-able. Students can easily access their classes, dining halls, student centers and Main Street all within walking distance of their residences. On rainy days, students may elect to take the University of Delaware buses to cut down on transit time. While freshman are allowed to have cars on campus, we suggest leaving cars at home. The pharmacy, grocery store and all other facilities are within walking distance for our students. Parking permits come at a cost to students and there is no guarantee you will have your car near to your residence hall.
How are the athletic facilities?
The athletic facilities on campus are regularly maintained and updated to guarantee the safest and most up-to-date equipment for our students. The largest student gym, affectionately called “The Little Bob” was recently updated and includes an indoor track, indoor pool, and basketball and squash courts. Additionally, there are several additional gyms located within our student residence complexes and outdoor courts throughout campus.
How safe is the school?
Our Public Safety officers are fully sworn law enforcement officials and they patrol the campus 24 hours a day. The US Department of Education cited UD’s security program as a model and the program includes education and crime prevention components.
What types of meal plans and meal options are available?
There are a number of meal plan options for our students. Meal plans are separated by both “Meals”, passes to dine at one of our all-you-can eat dining halls, and “Points” which are dollar-for-dollar electronic points that can be used in our cafes around campus, our food courts, or our marketplaces. Students can select a meal plan that works best with their meal preferences. Meal options are extremely varied. Every dining hall will offer different meals to allow for the best variety. Our newest dining hall, Caesar Rodney, is equipped with a full Kosher kitchen and offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal options every day.
What is the University of Delaware known for?
Academically, the University of Delaware is known for its strength across its programs. We have a deep investment in undergraduate research opportunities and discovery learning. All of our students are required to complete a Discovery Learning experience that grants them hands-on knowledge of their field. Beyond academics, the spirit of the University of Delaware is apparent when you step on campus. Our students leave UD as Blue Hens for life.
What are recent graduates doing now?
93% of UD graduates are employed, serving in the military, volunteering, or pursuing further education. Students are continuing on to very prestigious institutions of higher learning and are employed by companies that are the best in their field of industry.
How many freshmen return for their sophomore year (the retention rate)?
The retention rate of UD freshmen into their sophomore year is 91.3%.
What is the average graduation rate compared to the national average?
The University of Delaware graduation rate is 31.4% higher than the national average.