FIRST-YEAR ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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Application Checklist

 Apply online to the University of Delaware.

✓ Complete the required Common or Coalition application essay.

 Pay the non-refundable $75 application fee and submit your application.

 Submit and link your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to send us your high school grades.* (Need help? See SRAR Instructions)

Submit standardized test scores or note on your application you would like to participate in the Test Optional Program

  • Those who wish to supply scores, can self report their SAT or ACT scores. If you would like to submit official scores, use the SAT code 5811 or the ACT code 0634. Students who choose not to submit test scores have the option to submit additional information after applying.

 Provide a school counselor letter or the Common Application secondary school report. Additional letters are considered but not required.

*Students who are admitted and plan to attend UD will be required to submit official, final high school transcripts.
timeline graphic of 2020 application cycle

 

First-Year Admitted Student Profile

*SAT and GPA ranges are based on self-reported data at the time of publication. The ACT ranges are derived from SAT equivalencies in the same band.

Academic Requirements

What it takes to be a Blue Hen

Subject Years Required Years Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 3 (2 must include lab) 4 (3 must include lab)
History/Social Sciences 4 4
Foreign Languages 2 4
Academic Electives 2 2
Total 18 units 20-22 units

Foreign Language and Social Science Considerations:

  • At least two of the required social science units must be history, and one of those must be world history. An additional year of math or science may be substituted for the fourth 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.

Additional Recommendations for Specific Academic Programs:

  • Prospective majors in mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, and natural science should complete four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus.

Students interested in applying to the UD Honors College should indicate their interest on their application to the University of Delaware through The Common Application or the Coalition application — selecting "Yes" under the question "Are you interested in being considered for the UD Honors College?"

All students admitted to the university who select "Yes" to the question will be reviewed for the Honors College. All honors decisions will be provided after the admissions decision, no later than early April.

 

UD Honors College

Applicants who are home-schooled or who have attended high schools that are not regionally accredited should follow these recommendations:

Transcripts

Provide a transcript of your grades.  

Portfolio

If you can, provide a sample portfolio of your work or a research paper you’ve written.

Test Scores

For spring and fall 2023, submitting your standardized test scores is optional for all students, including those who are home schooled or attending a non-accredited high school. If you choose to submit official scores, we accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634). We do not require the writing portions of the SAT or ACT and we do not require subject tests.

 

For students who take the SAT or ACT and believe their scores reflect their academic potential, we recommend they submit their scores. 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, Dual Enrollment courses, or other indications of your interest and ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment.

 

Standardized Test Scores

For the UD application, submitting your standardized test scores is optional. If you choose to submit official scores, we accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634). See above for the one-year average for general admits and Honors College admits. We will superscore the SAT and take the highest composite score from the ACT. We do not require the writing portions of the SAT or ACT and we do not require subject tests.


Students who choose not to submit test scores have the option to submit additional information on the student portal, My Blue Hen Home, after applying. 

Learn More About the Test Optional Program

Special Programs

School of Music

For the 2023 application cycle, all applicants to UD's School of Music must complete an audition request form (after they have completed their UD application) to indicate their preferred date for a live audition. Auditions will be held Jan. 25 – 27. You may also submit a pre-recorded audition. Pre-recorded auditions will require an interview with faculty. All music applicants will be asked to complete a brief music theory placement exam. For more information on School of Music audition requirements, see the School of Music auditions page.

Music Auditions

 

Fashion Design and Product Innovation (optional)

We do not require a portfolio for admissions decisions. However, we know you have a creative spirit and we would like to see your work. You will have the opportunity to share your creative work with our design faculty on your My Blue Hen Home portal after submitting an application to UD. For more information on the optional portfolio, see the fashion and apparel studies website.

Fashion Portfolio Information

 

Deadlines for additional materials:

Early Action: portfolios and/or auditions must be submitted by Nov. 15.

Regular Decision: portfolios and/or auditions must be submitted by Jan. 15.

Medical Scholars Program

This is a unique early admissions, pre-medical, eight-year academic program sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. It is designed for students who are certain they want to become physicians. Click the link below for more details.

Medical Scholars Program

Interviews

The University of Delaware does not conduct formal interviews as part of the admissions process. If you have any questions regarding the University of Delaware or applying, please contact your admissions counselor. 

Meet Your Counselor

Self-Reported Academic Record

First-year domestic students are required to submit their high school grades through the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). Need some help? Browse our site for step-by-step video instructions, tips for completion and FAQs. 

SRAR Instructions

Test Optional Admissions Program

All students applying to UD may choose whether or not to submit their SAT or ACT scores as a part of their application.

We recommend students submit their SAT or ACT scores if they believe they show their academic potential. Students who choose not to provide test scores have the option to submit 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.

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, ensuring that it reflects your academic potential and your ability to succeed in a challenging academic environment. If you choose not to provide test scores, your application will not be negatively affected, 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 may also choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores to UD during the admissions process.

Yes. With or without the SAT or ACT scores, your application for admission as a first-year student will be reviewed for merit awards and the Honors College. 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.

It is not required. Students may choose to provide 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.

Every student applying to the University of Delaware.

Applicants need to indicate their choice to apply test-optional on the application. 

If you are sending your test scores, select, "I want my test scores to be considered." 

If you do not want to include your test scores, select, "I am interested in being considered without my test scores." You do not need to send your SAT or ACT scores if you select this option.  

If you have already submitted your SAT or ACT scores (before submitting the application), but have decided that you would like us to review your application without considering those scores, please indicate in your application that you would like to participate in the test-optional program. Your scores will be omitted from our review of your application.

If you applied and indicated that you would be sending your test scores and have changed your mind (and would now like to be considered without your test scores), email us at admissions@udel.edu to update your status.

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admissions@udel.edu if you have any questions.

Transferring Credit: Previous College Work, AP, IB & More

The University of Delaware awards test credit for select secondary and post-secondary examinations and education programs. Official score reports must be sent from College Board to UD. The University does not receive the official score reports from the test conducted in May until mid-July. To order AP score reports, contact College Board at 866-444-5460 or via the website www.collegeboard.com. The University of Delaware's four-digit college code is 5811.

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