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.* (Questions? See SRAR FAQs)

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 2022, 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). See above for average scores for general admits and Honors College admits. 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. Students who choose not to provide test scores are recommended to complete the supplemental questions. 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.

 

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

Art and Design

The Department of Art and Design offers three distinct undergraduate degree programs that have slightly different admission requirements: bachelor of arts in artbachelor of fine arts in fine arts and the bachelor of fine arts in visual communications. Admission to all programs are first  processed through the UD admissions office. For more information, visit the art and design requirements page.

ART AND DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

 

School of Music

For the 2022 application cycle, all applicants to School of Music programs must submit a video audition and complete a virtual interview with the School of Music faculty. Both steps can be completed on your My Blue Hen Home portal after submitting an application to UD. 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.

Health Sciences-Occupational Therapy Applicants

Candidates seeking admission to the health sciences-occupational therapy bachelor of science and doctorate program, in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University, are required to complete a supplement to their UD admission application available on their My Blue Hen Home student portal after submitting the Common or Coalition Application. This is a dual degree program where students earn their bachelor of science at University of Delaware and their doctorate in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in a total of six years. All interested candidates must complete their application and supplement no later than our regular decision deadline of January 15. In late January, qualified students will be invited to interview with Thomas Jefferson University.

Occupational Therapy Major

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 Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). To learn more about the SRAR, please see the step-by-step video series below as well as our FAQs. 

how to fill out and submit your self-reported academic record (SRAR) with your application to the university of delaware.: youtube.com/watch?v=playlist?list=PLjtW_T3jHfIr795Ji5ulsp-Fy23vdGDfF

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 then be required.

Using the UD 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.

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 should submit it after applying through 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 Nov. 1. For regular decision, you should submit by the priority date of Jan. 15. 

Be advised: students who have completed their SRAR before applying to UD, must then link their SRAR to their UD application. You can do so by logging in to the UD SRAR website using the link emailed to you or by logging in to your My Blue Hen Home portal.

When the SRAR is complete and linked to your UD application, it should appear as received in your student portal 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 login information you used previously, hit continue and submit your SRAR account to UD. If you are creating a new 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.

  • Enter all courses and grades from 9 — 11 as reported on your transcript along with your grade 12 schedule using IP (in progress) for your senior year grades.

  • 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 your transcript shows one column of final grades, those are the only grades you need to report. If you receive final 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" to indicate how many grades you will report (yearly = one final grade, semester = two grades, etc.). 

  • Your 12th grade work may be listed as “In-Progress” unless you have final grades available when completing your SRAR.

  • If you completed a course in 8th grade that is listed on your high school 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 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 course level 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.

For any changes to your senior year schedule or to provide a senior year grade update, please email us at admissions@udel.edu.

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.

Please be sure that your Self-Reported Academic Record, including any standardized test scores provided, is accurate. Errors in presentation of grades or standardized test scores may affect admission status and eligibility for merit awards. Validation of self-reported grades and scores occurs after official grades and scores are received later in the process. If official grades and scores are different from what you reported, the University reserves the ability to change your admission status and merit awards.

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 for the 2021-22 academic year, 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.

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