FIRST-YEAR ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
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Applications for the fall 2020 semester open on August 1. Students applying Early Action should complete an application by November 1 and will receive their admission decision by January 31. Students applying for regular admission should apply by our priority deadline of January 15 and will receive their admission decision by mid-March.
✓ Apply online to the University of Delaware, indicating if you are interested in the UD Honors Program.
✓ Complete the required essays.
- Common or Coalition application essay.
- Additional honors-application essay, if applying to the UD Honors Program (essay to be submitted after the UD application is complete).
✓ Create or connect your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to submit your high school grades.* (Questions? See SRAR FAQs)
✓ Submit self-reported SAT or ACT scores. If you would like to submit official scores, use the SAT code 5811 or the ACT code 0634.*+
✓ Provide a school counselor letter or secondary school report. Additional letters are considered but not required.
✓ Pay the $75 application fee and submit your application.
*Students who are admitted and plan to attend UD will be required to submit official, final high school transcripts and test scores before their initial semester.
+Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school who choose to participate in the Test Optional Program must complete supplemental essays.
Students applying to UD should have a strong background in core academic courses. High school honors, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate coursework is encouraged.
|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.
* 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.
Students interested in applying to the UD Honors Program should first complete their application to the University of Delaware, either through The Common Application or the Coalition application. When prompted, indicate your interest in the UD Honors program on either application.
Within 48 hours of submitting your UD application, you will be emailed instructions on setting up your student portal, My Blue Hen Home. If you indicated interest in the UD Honors Program, or if you fit the academic profile of an honors student, you will notice a link on your student portal directing you to the honors application, which includes an additional essay. To review the essay prompts that appear on the honors application, see below.
To apply to the UD Honors Program, you will be asked to write an essay answering each of the following prompts. We’ve provided the questions here in the event you would like to prepare your answer before creating your application.
Question 1: Creating a community is a hallmark of the Honors Program. Outside of academic pursuits, please tell us a few ways you intend to contribute to the Honors community (300 words or less).
Question 2: The Honors Program values a talented and diverse student body. Please tell us five interesting facts about you (50 words or less).
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.
The one-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 3.57-4.03, UD Honors Program is between 3.99-4.25.
Standardized Test Scores
We accept both the SAT (code 5811) and ACT (code 0634). The one-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 1190-1350 SAT and 24-29 ACT, UD Honors Program is between 1370-1470 SAT and 30-33 ACT. 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.
Delaware residents have the ability to choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.
Fashion Design and Product Innovation, Art & Music Applicants
Fashion Design and Product Innovation
We do not require a portfolio for admissions decisions. However, we know you have a creative spirit and we would love to see your work! Please feel free to upload a prepared portfolio (or link to an online portfolio) or no more than 5 artifacts/examples of your creative work that you would like to share with our design faculty.
Example submissions can include (but are not limited to):
- Garments, accessories, illustrations, flats, styling, or a creative journal.
- Mood boards, collages, textile designs
- Links to blogs, vlogs, websites, YouTube channels, social media handles
- Any other artistic or creative work such as painting, sculpture, experimental and mixed media, craftwork, or wearable art
Art and Design Portfolio Deadline - January 15
Music Major Audition Deadline - January 15
Occupational Therapy/Health Sciences Applicants
Candidates seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy-Health Sciences BS/OTD program in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University should complete an additional essay (available via My Blue Hen Home student portal after submitting the Common Application). This is a dual degree program where students earn their Bachelor of Science (BS) at University of Delaware and their Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Thomas Jefferson University in six years. Please be advised that applying early is highly encouraged for full consideration.
Medical Dental Scholars Program
This is a unique early admissions dual track premedical/pre-dental eight-year academic program sponsored by the University of Delaware in consort with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University.
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.
First-year domestic students are required to submit their self-reported high school grades through Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). To provide students with additional support, please see the FAQs below.
Self-Reported Academic Record or SRAR is a web service for students to report their high school grades instead of sending a transcript. Transcripts will no longer be required as part of the application process at UD. If a student is admitted and chooses to enroll at UD, official final transcripts will be required then.
Using the UD portal to the SRAR website, students applying to UD will report their grades exactly as they appear on their transcript (80, B, B-, etc.). It is important for students to have a copy of their transcript on hand when completing the SRAR form. A student’s SRAR will be part of our admissions and merit decisions and we will compare the SRAR to the final high school transcript should a student enroll at the University of Delaware.
The answer is yes if you are applying directly from a high school in the United States, or if you were homeschooled and followed a traditional U.S. educational curriculum.
International applicants should visit our International Admissions Requirements webpage for information on how to send us copies of their transcript(s). Those with a GED do not need to submit the SRAR, but are required to send their GED results to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
You can create your SRAR account and work on your SRAR at any time, but can only submit it after submitting The Common Application or Coalition application. Keep in mind that you should submit by the appropriate application deadline. If you are applying for our Early Action deadline, you should submit your SRAR no later than November 1. For regular decision, you should submit by the priority date of January 15.
When you submit your transcript via SRAR and link it to your UD account, it should appear as received in your student portal, My Blue Hen Home, within a few business days. All deadlines are considered met when SRAR is completed and submitted by the due date, no matter when we receive it.
You’ll need to access the University of Delaware’s SRAR through this webpage. If you have already created a SRAR account for another institution, you will enter the same log-in information you used previously, hit continue and link your SRAR account to UD. If this is your first time completing a SRAR, you will click on “Create SRAR account” and follow all instructions.
For more guidance on setting up or linking a SRAR account to the University of Delaware, we recommend reading this article.
Report all courses and grades from 9 - 11 along with your grade 12 schedule.
Your GPA should be entered as it is recorded on your transcript. If weighted and unweighted averages are provided, you should enter the weighted average. Do not apply any additional weight to your grades or convert your grades into another format.
You should choose the grading scale that mirrors your high school transcript (whether letter or numerical grades, calculated by semester, quarter, and/or final).
Do not average your grades. If you receive grades more than once a year, record each grade as you see it. Within the “High Schools Attended” section, you should select the best answer to “Most courses at my school are.”
Your 12th grade work may be listed as “In-Progress” should you not have grades available when completing your SRAR. If you have grades for year 12, you should include them.
If you completed a course in 8th grade that is listed on your HS transcript, you may include it in your SRAR, but it will not be considered by the University of Delaware. We will only include coursework completed for grades 9 - 12.
If you completed a class unique to your school and an appropriate title is not provided by SRAR, type it in exactly as it appears on your high school transcript.
If you are unable to complete the SRAR in one sitting (it takes 60-90 minutes on average), do not forget to save your work before logging out.
If you took dual enrollment or college-level coursework that is listed on your high school transcript, you will add it to your courses in SRAR and list the type of course as dual enrollment. If you completed a college-level course outside of your high school work (one that is not on your high school transcript), you will add the college or university to your “High Schools/Colleges” section and provide the course information under that college or university. You should list each college-level class only once.
No. We will not review high school transcripts in lieu of the SRAR. However, you should obtain a transcript from your school counselor so you can complete the SRAR with the most accurate information. Upon an offer of admission, students who choose to enroll will then be required to submit a final high school transcript. The deadline for submitting a final high school transcript is July 15.
We will consider errors on a case-by-case basis as we validate your final high school transcript. If we determine that you intentionally misrepresented your academic record, you will be notified and your offer of admission and any applicable merit aid may be canceled. Simple errors or typos will not affect your admission.
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 on your My Blue Hen Home student portal. 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 your My Blue Hen Home student portal.
I want my application to be considered without my test scores and I already submitted the SAT/ACT, what do I do?
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.
Evaluation of Disciplinary Information
UD evaluates disciplinary information on a case-by-case basis.
The University of Delaware is committed to upholding the First Amendment and the right of individuals to express themselves and support their beliefs on topics of personal concern such as gun violence. Applicants who share their views in a peaceful and law-abiding way will not be penalized in our admissions process. Our community values the open exchange of ideas in a civil and respectful manner.