Applying to the University of Delaware
At the University of Delaware, we want you to be more than a student. We push you to be a scholar. An innovator. A leader. The connections you'll make with ideas, professors and alumni will be cultivated and transformed into assets for the future.
No matter which of our 150+ majors you choose, our broad academic selections and our priority for hands-on research will stimulate your passion for learning, your curiosity and your connection to the larger world.
To ensure that you get the most out of our campus and college life, UD offers many programs and events - some exclusively for first-year students - preparing you to dive into your academics and feel a part of the Blue Hen community from the beginning. At UD, you'll always be challenged. But you'll never have to go at it alone.
August 1 - Undergraduate admissions application becomes available for fall semester
January 15 - First-year admissions application deadline
May 1 - Deposit deadline for fall semester
Supplemental Deadlines & Requirements for Special Programs
Rolling - Apparel Design Portfolio: Portfolio requirements
January 15 - Art and Design Portfolio: Portfolio requirements
January 15 - Music Major Audition: Audition Dates
Fall Financial Aid Deadlines
October 1 - Begin FAFSA filing
January 15 - Recommended deadline for FAFSA filing
Test-Optional Admissions Program
The University of Delaware has a 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.
We encourage all students to take the SAT/ACT seriously and do their best. The College Board's entire suite of assessments, along with free test prep from Khan Academy, is a valuable tool to improve college readiness.
We recommend students who score a minimum of 1150 SAT or 23 ACT submit their scores. Students who choose not to provide test scores are required to complete the supplemental essays. Any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive, will be important for you to provide. Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.
The University’s future is predicated on our commitment to equity and inclusion. We value diverse backgrounds, perspectives and learning experiences. Additionally, the University of Delaware is committed to providing the residents of our state access to a high quality education at UD. This program aligns with those commitments.
After a thorough examination of UD admissions guidelines, institutional and national data, and trends in higher education, the Faculty Senate approved implementation of a four-year pilot program in which Delaware students will have the option of whether or not to submit standardized test scores for first-year admission to the University.
As the flagship university in Delaware, we have a commitment to our residents. We put them first in terms of space at the University, so we wanted to start the program with that group. Upon reviewing the data, the program may expand to all incoming freshmen—in-state and out-of-state at some point in the future.
While we recommend students who score a minimum of 1150 SAT or 23 ACT submit their scores, the decision whether or not to submit your test scores is a personal one. You should consider the omission of your test scores carefully. It is essential to review what additional information you will share in order to reflect your academic potential and your ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment. If you choose not to provide test scores, you will not be negatively impacted, and a decision will be based on a holistic review of all of the materials you provide.
If you are being recruited as a student athlete, you will be required to submit your standardized test scores to UD during the admissions process.
Yes. With or without the SAT/ACT scores, your application for admission as a first-year student will be reviewed for merit awards and the Honors Program. It is suggested that you provide any additional evidence of academic skills and interest in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive. Applications must be received by the January 15 deadline.
Do I need to provide additional information if I choose to follow the test-optional admissions process?
Yes. Students who choose not to provide test scores are required to complete the supplemental essays found in the UD section of the Common Application. Additionally, we suggest that you provide any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive. Such evidence may include scores on AP examinations, SAT Subject Tests, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.
Am I eligible for the test-optional program if I am a Delaware resident attending high school in another state or if I am resident of another state attending high school in Delaware?
The test-optional program is only available to Delaware residents attending high school in the state of Delaware.
What is the process for indicating that I would like to be evaluated with or without my test scores?
Applicants from Delaware attending a Delaware high school will need to indicate their test-optional involvement through the Common App. After indicating you are a resident of Delaware, you will be prompted to select if you are participating or not participating in the program.
If you are sending your test scores, select, "I am not participating in the Test Optional Program." You will need to request the SAT (5811) or ACT (0634) scores to be sent to UD. We encourage you to submit your test results if you have scored 1150 or above on the SAT or 23 or above on the ACT.
If you do not want to include your test scores, select, "I am participating in the Test Optional Program." You do not need to send your SAT or ACT scores if you select this option. Instead you must complete the supplemental essays found in the UD section of the Common Application.
I want my application to be considered without my test scores and I already submitted the SAT/ACT, what do I do?
At least college preparatory
At least college preparatory drawn only from algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, precalculus, and calculus or an equivalent integrated math sequence that incorporates the above.
|Science||4 Years||At least college preparatory; at least 3 of the 4 years must be drawn only from chemistry, biology, and physics and all 3 must include a laboratory; alternatively, you may complete 3 years of an approved integrated science curriculum.|
At least college preparatory, including one course in world history.
|Foreign Language||3 Years of the Same||At least college preparatory and all 3 years must be completed during 9-12 grades|
|Social Studies||2 Years||At least college preparatory and drawn from psychology, political science, government, geography, economics, or sociology; a year of college preparatory science may be substituted for one of the social studies courses.|
At least college preparatory.
* 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.
*American Sign Language (ASL) does fulfill the foreign language requirement.
† 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.