FIRST-YEAR ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

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Application Checklist

 Apply online to the University of Delaware.

✓ Complete the required essays.

  • Common or Coalition application essay.
  • Additional honors-application essay, if applying to the UD Honors College (essay to be submitted via a form in your personalized My Blue Hen Home student portal after the UD application is complete).

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

 Create or connect your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) to submit your high school grades.* (Questions? See SRAR FAQs)

Submit standardized test scores or be a part of the Test Optional Program

  • For spring and fall 2021, standardized test scores are optional. 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 must complete supplemental essays.+

 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.
+After the fall of 2021, the Test Optional Program will remain for Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school.
timeline graphic of 2020 application cycle

 

Academic Requirements

What it takes to be a Blue Hen

*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.

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 of the same 4 of the same
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 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.

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.
  • 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 College should first complete their application to the University of Delaware, either through The Common Application or the Coalition application. 

Within 48 hours of submitting your UD application, you will be emailed instructions on setting up your student portal, My Blue Hen Home. Once you gain access to your student portal, you will notice a link directing you to the honors application, which includes additional essay and writing components. 

To apply to the UD Honors College, you will be asked to write an essay answering one of the provided prompts. Below are the prompts from the 2021 application. Limit your response to 300 words or less. 

Question 1: How will you contribute to a diverse and inclusive community? What will other Honors students learn from you and what do you hope to learn from others?

Question 2: Reflecting back on the past year and all the challenges that we have faced as a society, what have you learned about yourself and how has that shaped your goals as an Honors student?

Question 3: While a formal education is important, lessons learned outside of the classroom are as well.  What is something you’ve learned outside of school, and how will that impact your Honors education and/or your contributions to our community?

 

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 2021, 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). The one-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 1180-1340 SAT and 24-29 ACT, UD Honors College is between 1370-1460 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.


For those who are able to take the test this year or who already have scores, we recommend students submit their scores if they believe they show their academic potential. 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.

 

Standardized Test Scores

For spring and fall 2021, 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). The one-year average, mid-50% of admitted students for general admissions is between 1180-1340 SAT and 24-29 ACT, UD Honors College is between 1370-1460 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.


Students who choose not to submit test scores are required to complete supplemental essays. These essays will be available after you submit your application in your personalized student portal, My Blue Hen Home. 

Learn More About the Test Optional Program

Special Programs

Art, Fashion Design and Product Innovation & Music Applicants

Art and Design - January 15

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

 

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

 

Music Major Audition Deadline - January 15

Music audition requirementS

Occupational Therapy/Health Sciences Applicants

Candidates seeking admission to the Occupational Therapy-Health Sciences BS/OTD program in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University are required to complete a supplement to their UD admission application (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. 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 in February.

Occupational Therapy Major

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.

Medical Dental Scholars Program

Interviews

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. 

Meet Your Counselor

Self-Reported Academic Record

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 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 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.

After the SRAR is submitted, you may edit only upon approval by University of Delaware admissions staff. If you need to make any changes after submission, please contact 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 and/or standardized test scores may affect admission status and/or merit awards that are initially based on your self-reported information. Validation of self-reported grades and scores occurs after verified grades and scores are received later in the process. If verified grades and/or scores are different from what you self-report, the University reserves the ability to change your admission status and/or merit award based on the verified information.

Temporary Test Optional Admissions Program

In light of students having difficulties accessing SAT and ACT testing due to COVID-19, all students applying to the spring and fall semester of 2021 may choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

After the fall of 2021, the University of Delaware will continue its 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. For those who are able to take the test this year or who already have scores, we recommend students submit their scores if they believe they show their academic potential. 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.

Students who do not submit test scores as part of the UD application will be required to answer supplemental questions. These essays will be available after you submit your application in your personalized student portal, My Blue Hen Home. If you wish to prepare ahead of time, you may refer to them below:

1. Anticipate what it will be like for you as a student at the University of Delaware. Both in and out of the classroom, where do you expect to feel most comfortable and where will you need to stretch? (250 words maximum)

2. Relate a personal experience in which you were denied an opportunity or treated unfairly. How did you resolve the situation? If that were to happen during your college experience, what would you do? (250 words maximum)

3. Describe an accomplishment that took a great deal of time and/or effort on your part. What motivated you to continue when it got challenging? Who or what did you turn to for support, and how was that helpful? (250 words maximum)

Due to the limitations of testing in some areas hardest hit by COVID-19, UD has decided to allow all students to apply to the University without requiring them to submit SAT or ACT scores. This applies only to first-year students applying for the 2021 spring or fall semester. 

*After the fall of 2021, the University of Delaware will continue its 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.

 

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. The effects of the novel coronavirus on testing will also be considered as we address the issue of testing in the future.

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 for the 2020-21 academic year, you may also choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores to UD during the admissions process. For student athletes interested in applying for the 2021-22 academic year, we will update this section as the NCAA Eligibility Center releases new guidelines.

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 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.

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 after you submit your application via the Common or Coalition 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.

In light of students having difficulties accessing SAT and ACT testing due to COVID-19, all students applying to the spring and fall semester of 2021 may choose whether or not to submit their SAT/ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

After next year, the test-optional pilot program for Delaware residents attending high school in the state of Delaware has been extended through the class entering in 2024.

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

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. 

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, after submitting your application, you must complete the supplemental essays found in your My Blue Hen Home student portal.

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), you will be required to fill out the Test Optional Supplemental Form in your My Blue Hen Home student portal.

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.

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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.