Transfer Admissions Requirements

Ready to Apply?

If you’re thinking about transferring to UD, the best thing you can do is begin preparing early. Before you apply, it is crucial to review the requirements by major section below. Some majors are closed to transfers, while many other majors require a higher GPA and/or specific course requirements in order to be considered for admission.

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Important Dates

Fall Application Deadline: May 1*

Spring Application Deadline: November 1*

*Applicants submitting the application and any required materials after the deadlines may be considered on a space-available basis.

 

Art, Music and Fashion Design and Product Innovation Deadlines

Art & Design Portfolio - January 15 

ART & DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Music Major Audition - January 15 

MUSIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

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 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


How to Apply 

Applicants should submit each item:

1. The 2020 online transfer application

2. All college transcripts (including college courses taken while in high school).

3. An official, final high school transcript or GED certificate, and official SAT/ACT Scores if you have not completed at least 30 transferable college credits at the time of application.

4. A $75 application fee.

Application Review

All prior college coursework and final grades, including final grades in repeated courses, will be recalculated in a cumulative GPA as part of your admissions evaluation.

These factors are also important:

· Transferability and quality of your college coursework

· Trend in your grade performance

· GPA in your most recent semester

· Grades in courses pertinent to your intended major

 

If you have completed 29 or fewer transferable college credits, your high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores will be heavily considered in the admissions evaluation. For more information on first-year admissions criteria, please review First-Year Admissions Requirements.

Since many majors are restricted and more competitive, please review the list of minimum transfer requirements under “Requirements by Major.”

May I submit unofficial transcripts?

Unofficial college transcripts may be used for admissions purposes, but if admitted, official transcripts will be required. UD will complete a transfer evaluation of your credits once you are admitted and after your official transcripts are received by the admissions office.

 

How will I know when my transcripts have been received?

You may check the status of your application via your My Blue Hen Home student portal.

 

Where do I send my college transcripts?

Transfer applicants may have official college transcripts mailed to University of Delaware, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 210 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE, 19716. The admissions office also accepts electronic transcripts via admissions@udel.edu.

 

I applied as a freshman last year. Do I have to reapply? Do I have to resend my high school transcript and test scores?

Yes, you would need to submit the online transfer application. In addition, you will need to submit an official, final high school transcript. You will also need to submit a transcript with final fall grades from your current college or university when available.

Please submit an official, final high school transcript. Your SAT or ACT scores are still available in your previous file. You should also submit any official AP or IB test scores not previously sent.

 

May I apply to the Honors Program?

Only transfer applicants with 17 or fewer transfer credits at the time of enrollment may be considered for acceptance into the Honors Program. An official, final high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores are also required and will be heavily considered in the admissions decision.

 

May I apply to the Associate in Arts Program?

Yes, if you are a Delaware resident and if you have completed 29 or fewer transferable college credits at the time of enrollment.

 

I'm currently a freshman at another college. Do I apply as a freshman or transfer applicant?

Any student who has graduated from high school and has taken any amount of college credits must apply as a transfer applicant.

 

I'm a high school senior who has taken college courses while in high school. Do I apply as a freshman or transfer applicant?

If you are still in high school and have taken college courses, you apply as a first-year applicant. 

 

Do I have to send a college transcript if those course(s) appear on my current college transcript?

Even if all your prior courses and final grades appear on another transcript, transfer applicants must submit all previous college transcripts. Your application will be reviewed once all transcripts are received.

 

My college does not calculate a final grade in a course I retake. Why does UD?

The admissions office recalculates all final grades, even if a course is retaken, to be consistent with UD’s grading policy for UD students.

 

I was admitted as a freshman. Does that mean I’ll be admitted as a transfer applicant?

It depends on your intended major. Some majors are more competitive and have higher minimum transfer requirements which you must also meet. Please review the “Requirements by Major” section for specific information.

 

I was denied as a freshman. Can I be admitted after completing one semester at another college?

Generally, if you were not admitted as a freshman, it’s best to reapply after completing at least 30 transferable credits. Otherwise, your final high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores may still be heavily considered in the decision.


 

Requirements by Major

Students transferring to the University of Delaware must meet specific academic requirements. Transfer criteria for most majors are listed under “Majors Requiring a Minimum 2.0 College GPA.” or “Majors Requiring More than a 2.0 College GPA.” Just meeting the minimum GPA for any particular major does not guarantee acceptance.

However, some majors are not available to transfers and are listed under “Majors Not Available to Transfers”. Please review lists to locate the status of your intended major before applying.

If you plan to apply to a major in the College of Engineering or the Lerner College of Business and Economics, you must complete specific courses before you apply. Check the list of required courses for specific majors listed below.

 

If you completed the required courses at a U.S. institution:

  • Check our Transfer Credit Matrix. If these courses at your institution are listed in the matrix, please note this when you apply.
  • If these courses at your institution are not listed in the matrix, please submit course descriptions. Additionally, for math courses, please provide an official syllabi. 

 

Applicants who are attending or who have previously attended an international college/university must provide a credential evaluation from International Education Research Foundation (IERF).  Please visit IERF’s website for instructions (how to request a Standard Application with a Detail Report, and where to mail your documents). IERF will send your credential evaluation directly to the University of Delaware.  If you have a WES Course-by-Course evaluation completed before 2/1/2019, UD will accept this in lieu of a Detail Report from IERF. For complete information on how credits from institutions outside of the U.S. may be transferred, please visit the Registrar's Office page.

Just meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admissions. It depends the number of completed credits, the transferability and quality of your college coursework, trend in your grade performance, your GPA in your most recent semester, and your grades in courses pertinent to your intended major. This is especially true for majors in the College of Engineering since space availability will determine how many applicants can be admitted

Students who have maintained a 2.0 GPA or above a 2.0 GPA are not guaranteed acceptance. These factors are also important:

· Total number of completed credits

· Transferability and quality of your college coursework

· Trend in your grade performance

· GPA in your most recent semester

· Grades in courses pertinent to your intended major

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Anthropology
  • Art Conservation (Applicants should contact Brian Baade, Assistant Professor of Art Conservation, before submitting an application.)
  • Art History (Applicants should contact Dr. Monica Dominguez-Torres, Director of Undergraduate Studies of Art History, before submitting an application.)
  • Asian Studies
  • Biological Sciences (B.A/B.S.)
  • Black American Studies
  • Communication Interest (Transfer students admitted to the Communication Interest major as juniors will not be able to enter the upper-division Communication major until the beginning of their senior year. For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Caplan, Associate Professor, Communication, before you apply.)
  • Comparative Literature
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Environmental & Resource Economics
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Food & Agribusiness Marketing & Management
  • Food Science
  • Foreign Languages & Literatures (Ancient Greek & Roman Studies, Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies)
  • Geography
  • Geological Sciences
  • Health Behavior Science
  • History
  • History-Foreign Languages (Classics, French, German, Russian, Spanish)
  • Insect Ecology & Conservation
  • International Relations
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Latin American & Iberian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics & French
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational & Community Leadership
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Interest
  • Philosophy
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (B.A./B.S.)
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Accounting

 

GPA: 3.2 or higher. "B" or better in calculus
course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Actuarial Sciences

GPA: 2.5 minimum. "C" or higher in a course equivalent to UD's MATH 117, MATH 241, MATH 242 or a score of 5 on the AP calculus AB or BC exam.

Animal Science

GPA: 2.5.

Anthropology Education

GPA: 2.75

Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology "Interest"

GPA 2.5. Once enrolled in the interest major, prerequisite coursework is required to gain junior year status in the Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology major. Space is limited. Contact E. Biswas for further information.

Applied Nutrition

GPA: 2.0. Strong chemistry background.

Art & Design

GPA: 2.0. Applicants must submit a portfolio.

Astronomy (B.A.)

GPA: 2.75. Minimum 2.75 GPA in courses equivalent to PHYS 207 and 208 and MATH 241 and 242. 

Biochemistry

GPA: 2.5; 2.75 in major coursework.

Biological Sciences Education

GPA: 2.5; 2.75 in major coursework.

Biomedical Engineering

GPA: 3.2. "B" or better in course equivalent of UD’s CHEM 103, BISC 207, MATH 241; strong math and science background. Space is very limited. 

Chemistry

GPA: 2.5; 2.75  in major coursework.

Chemistry Education

GPA: 2.5; 2.75 in major coursework.

Chemical Engineering

GPA: 3.2. "B+" or better in course equivalent of UD's CHEM 111 and MATH 242 and a strong background in math and science. Space is very limited. 

Civil Engineering

Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Students wishing to transfer will need a minimum GPA of 2.75 and competitive grades in program-required technical courses (math, basic science, and engineering). Meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.

Cognitive Science

GPA: 2.5. 

Computer Engineering

GPA: 3.0. Strong math and science background, including completion of a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 241 and at least, one of the following: CHEM 103, PHYS 207, CISC 106.

Computer Science (BA/BS)

GPA: 3.2. “B+” or better in course equivalent of UD’s CISC106 or CISC108 or CISC181 and “B+” or better in UD’s equivalent of MATH 117 or MATH 241 (or a higher level mathematics course). Space is very limited.

Construction Engineering and Management

Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Students wishing to transfer will need a minimum GPA of 2.75 and competitive grades in program-required technical courses (math, basic science, and engineering). Meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.

Early Childhood Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Earth Science Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Elementary Teacher Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Economics (B.A. & Economics Education Degrees)

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in a course equivalent of UD’s MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241.  

Economics (B.S. Degree)

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in the a course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Electrical Engineering

GPA: 3.0. Strong math and science background, including the completion of a course equivalent to MATH 241 and one of the following: CHEM 103, PHYS 207, CISC 106.

Energy & Environmental Policy

GPA: 2.5. Strong economics, science or engineering background.

English Education

GPA: 3.0.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation 

GPA: 3.0. “B” or better in a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Environmental Engineering

Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Students wishing to transfer will need a minimum GPA of 2.75 and competitive grades in program-required technical courses (math, basic science, and engineering). Meeting the minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee admission.

Environmental Science

GPA: 2.0. A "C" or better in a college-level calculus course.

Exercise Science

GPA: 3.0. "C" or better in college-level general biology and general chemistry.

Fashion Design and Product Innovation GPA: 2.75.

Fashion Merchandising and Management

GPA: 3.0.

Finance

GPA: 3.2. "B" or better in a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Financial Planning and Wealth Management

GPA: 3.2. "B" or better in a course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Foreign Languages Education (French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish)

GPA: 2.75.

Geography Education

GPA: 2.75.

Global Enterprise Management

GPA 3.0; "B" or better in a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

History Education

GPA: 2.75.

Hospitality Industry Management

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in a course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Hospitality Business Management

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241.  

Human Relations Administration

GPA 2.5.

Human Services

GPA: 2.5.

Information Systems

GPA: 3.0.  “B” or better in course equivalent of UD’s CISC106 or CISC108 or CISC181 and “B” or better in UD’s equivalent of MATH 117 or MATH 241 (or a higher level mathematics course). Space is very limited.

International Business Studies

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in the course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Management

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in the course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Management Information Systems

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in the course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Marine Science/ Marine Biology

GPA: 2.5. "C" or better in college calculus. Biology and chemistry college coursework required.

Marketing

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in the course equivalent of UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., Applied)

GPA: 2.5. "C" or better in the course equivalent of UD's MATH 117, MATH 241, MATH 242 or a score of 5 on the AP calculus AB or BC exam.

Mathematics and Economics

GPA: 2.5. "C" or better in the course equivalent of UD's MATH 117, MATH 241, MATH 242 or a score of 5 on the AP calculus AB or BC exam.

Mathematics Education (B.A./B.S.)

GPA 2.75.

Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.0. Strong math and science background, including "B" or better in a course equivalent to MATH 241 and PHYS 207. Space is very limited. 

Medical Diagnostics "Interest" (including Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration)

GPA 2.5. Once enrolled in the interest major, prerequisite coursework is required to gain junior year status in the Medical Diagnostics or Medical Diagnostics Pre-Physician Assistant majors. Space is limited. Contact D. Lehman for further information.

Medical Laboratory "Interest"

GPA 2.5. Once enrolled in the interest major, prerequisite coursework is required to gain junior year status in the Medical Laboratory Science majors. Space is limited. Contact L. Allshouse for further information.  

Meteorology and Climatology

GPA: 2.0. "C" or better in a college-level calculus course.

Music (includes Music Management Studies)

GPA: 2.0. Applicants must audition.

Music Composition

GPA: 2.75. Applicants must audition and interview.

Music Education - General/Choral

GPA: 2.75. Applicants must audition and interview.

Music Education - Instrumental

GPA: 2.75. Applicants must audition and interview.

Music History and Literature

GPA: 2.75. Applicants must audition, interview and provide a writing sample.  

Music Theory

GPA: 2.75. Applicants must audition, interview and provide a writing sample.  

Music, Applied-Instrumental

GPA: 2.5. Applicants must audition.

Music, Applied-Piano

GPA: 2.5. Applicants must audition.

Music, Applied-Voice

GPA: 2.5. Applicants must audition.

Nursing

The traditional nursing program is closed to transfer applicants. RNs may apply to the B.S.N. for RN program.  Those who have earned a bachelor’s degree may apply to the accelerated nursing (B.S.N.) program. For more information visit http://www.udel.edu/nursing/.

Nutrition and Dietetics

GPA 2.75. Completion of a college-level general chemistry course.

Nutrition and Medical Sciences

GPA: 2.75. Strong chemistry background. 

Operations Management

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in a course equivalent to UD’s MATH 221 or MATH 241.

Physics

GPA: 2.75. Minimum 2.75 GPA in courses equivalent to PHYS 207 and 208 and Math 241 and 242.

Physics Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Political Science Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Pre-Vet Medicine and Animal Biosciences

GPA: 2.5.

Psychology Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Quantitative Biology

GPA: 2.5. "C" or better in the course equivalent of UD's MATH 117, MATH 241, MATH 242 or a score of 5 on the AP calculus AB or BC exam.

Sociology Education

GPA: 2.75. 

Sport Management

GPA: 3.0. "B" or better in course equivalent of UD’s MATH 114, 115, 117, 221 or 241.

Sports Health

GPA: 2.75.

 

  • Business-Undeclared
  • Engineering-Undeclared
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Traditional Nursing (BSN)
  • University Studies-Undeclared (with over 29 transferable credits)

UD has partnered with Delaware Technical and Community College to offer a number of Connected Degree programs. If you successfully complete the designated Connected Degree program at Delaware Technical and Community College, you may automatically transfer to the corresponding bachelor’s degree program at UD. When submitting your Transfer application, indicate your Connected Degree enrollment. You may apply to UD no sooner than the last semester of your Connected Degree program. You must complete all required courses and maintain the minimum GPA requirement.

 

Here is the list of UD bachelor’s degree programs supported by a Connected Degree at Delaware Technical and Community College:

Accounting, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Health Behavior Science, Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management, Information Systems, Human Services, Management, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics Education, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing (RN to BSN only), Operations Management, Physics Education, Sport Management

 

See which programs at Delaware Technical and Community College prepare you for your intended major (listed above) at UD by visiting Connected Degrees.

Students looking to return to UD for degree-seeking purposes can apply for readmission through the Registrar's Office.

Readmission Information and Application

The Accelerated Degree Program in Nursing is for individuals who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in another field and wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This application is also used for individuals who are interested in UD’s RN to BSN (online) program. 

Second Degree Nursing Application


 

Next Steps After Acceptance

The admissions office will mail you an official acceptance letter and packet of information, as well as update your admission status on your My Blue Hen Home student portal. Please review your custom portal page regularly to keep track of pertinent fall enrollment information and to complete necessary tasks to finalize your enrollment.

If admitted, how much is the deposit and when do I have to pay it?

There is a $500 non-refundable deposit. For spring, admissions deposits are due within three weeks from the date of your admissions letter. For fall, deposits are due May 1 if admitted by April 10. After April 10, deposit payments are due within three weeks of the date of your admissions letter.

 

How do I pay my admissions deposit?

Once you're admitted, check your My Blue Hen Home student portal and click on the ?Admissions Decision Reply Form.? Payment options are available via this form.

 

Can the admissions deposit be waived?

Written requests for deposit waivers may be considered for financial reasons only. Please email transfers@udel.edu.

 

May I request an extension on my admissions deposit date?

Written requests for deposit extensions may be emailed to transfers@udel.edu.

 

May I defer my entrance?

Admitted transfers may request a deferral for one semester. Not all deferrals are granted, but are usually granted for documented medical reasons or for military obligations. Other reasons may be considered. If granted, the student must pay the non-refundable $500 admissions deposit at the time the deferral is granted. Deferral requests may be emailed to transfers@udel.edu.

 

Are transfer students eligible for on-campus housing?

Transfer students are encouraged to seek options for housing as soon as they have accepted admission. On-campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed and may not be available for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

The University of Delaware does not have an off-campus housing office, but encourages local property owners to list housing on Places4Students.com. The Office of the Dean of Students offers a guide to off-campus living on their website. The site has helpful tools for students as they navigate the leasing process.

Transfer Student Housing

 

Are transfer students required to live on campus?

First-semester freshmen who transfer to UD in the spring semester are required to live on campus unless their permanent residence is within 30 miles of campus. Otherwise transfers are encouraged to live off campus. Please review the Transfer Housing website for more information.

Transfer Student Housing

 

I've already transferred a math course to UD. Do I still have to take the math placement?

All new transfer students must complete the math placement before attending New Student Orientation.

UD Math Placement

If I am accepted to an alternate major, will I be able to change my major to my initial major after I enroll?

Majors that are more restrictive for admissions usually have higher change of major criteria after you enroll at UD. 

Internal Transfer/Change of Major

 

Why was I admitted to the Associate in Arts Program?

Delaware residents who have completed 29 or fewer transferable college credits, may be considered for the Associate in Arts Program if the quality of their high school transcripts and test scores closely align with the admissions standards of the Associate in Arts Program.

 


 

Transferring Coursework and Credits

UD accepts college credits from U.S. regionally-accredited, degree granting colleges/universities. Final grades must be C or better, not Pass/Fail, and not remedial-level courses. A Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation is completed and posted on your My Blue Hen Home student portal shortly after admissions. For more information on transfer credits please refer to the registrar’s website.

Applicants who are attending or who have previously attended an international college/university must provide a credential evaluation from International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Please visit IERF’s website for instructions (how to request a Standard Application with a Detail Report, and where to mail your documents). IERF will send your credential evaluation directly to the University of Delaware.  If you have a WES Course-by-Course evaluation completed before 2/1/2019, UD will accept this in lieu of a Detail Report from IERF. For complete information on how credits from institutions outside of the U.S. may be transferred, please visit the Registrar's Office page.

The University of Delaware regularly evaluates courses from other institutions. Please use UD’s Transfer Credit Matrix to review the courses at your current or previous institutions to see which courses have already been evaluated and their UD equivalent courses.

Not at all! Courses that appear on the Transfer Credit Matrix have been previously evaluated by the respective UD departments and have been assigned equivalent UD courses. If you are strongly considering transferring to UD, you may email course description information and syllabi to the appropriate UD departments (e.g. English for English courses, math for math courses) so those courses not listed on the matrix may be evaluated. Please review the Registrar's transfer credit information for U.S. and international students. You can find a list of departmental contacts here.

The Professional & Continuing Studies ACCESS Center routinely meets with prospective transfer students to discuss an unofficial evaluation of their previous credits. Please contact the ACCESS Center at 302-831-8843 or refer to their website for more information.

Academic Advisement and Career Counseling 

After you are admitted and your Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation is posted on your My Blue Hen Home student portal, you may contact Theresa Coulter-Thurley, associate registrar for transfer services, at coultert@udel.edu to discuss how your previous credits may apply to your UD degree program.

Only your previous college credits will transfer, not your grades.

UD policy requires that at least 30 of your last 36 credits must be taken at UD. This is referred to as residency requirement. Certain majors may have additional residency requirements so it’s best to consult your academic department.

UD awards test credit for some secondary and post-secondary examinations and education programs. Official AP or IB test scores must be submitted to the admissions office in order to be considered in your admissions evaluation and to receive credit upon enrollment.

Test Credit Information