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Connect with us through engaging virtual visit experiences. These virtual sessions allow students and families the opportunity to learn more about UD—the admissions process, our academics and student life—and have your questions answered by counselors and current UD students.

Finding the Right Fit Begins with Your Help

If you know a student who wants to be challenged by new ideas, connect learning to real life, and make an impact on the world, ask them to consider the University of Delaware.

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Join Our Counselor List

To stay up to date on our application process, campus events, and visits, sign up for our school counselor mailing list.

Independent counselors looking to join the mailing list should email Krystal Santos at

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Join Us On Slate is a free tool that can help high school counselors with scheduling school visits, view students' application checklists, submit admissions materials and confirm the admissions status of your students. This new platform will streamline our admissions process and improve communication between you and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at UD.

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Meet Your Representative

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is dedicated to connecting with you personally to help you guide your students through the process. To contact your direct representative, view the Meet Your Counselor map.

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As a precaution for the coronavirus (COVID-19), University of Delaware admissions representatives will suspend all off-campus recruitment travel until further notice. Please check your email and this website for updates. For more information on our coronavirus response click here.

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Guiding Your Students to UD


At UD we have over 150 majors, over 100 minors and over 50 bachelor’s plus accelerated master’s degree programs (4+1 programs). That’s a lot of options, giving you the ability to customize your education. We’ve made it easy for you to compare majors and get an idea of what each of your four years at UD will look like by using our Major Finder.

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Graduate Into Greatness

UD’s job and career placement rates have historically been well above the national average, according to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. View salaries and employment by major, location and more on our outcomes page.



Additional Programs and Resources

Admissions Requirements

Learn more about the application process and steps to apply. 

Important Dates

Application opens: August 1

Begin FAFSA Filing: October 1

Early Action Deadline: November 1

Priority Application Deadline: January 15

Recommended Deadline for FAFSA Filing: January 15

Deposit Deadline: May 1

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.

Academic Rigor

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
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 a few short writing prompts. Below are sample prompts from the 2020 application. The prompts for the fall 2021 application will become available on August 1. 

Question 1: Creating a community is a hallmark of the Honors College. 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 College values a talented and diverse student body. Please tell us five interesting facts about you (50 words or less).

UD Honors College

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.

Test Scores

Provide SAT or ACT (including the ACT Writing Test) scores. We also require at least two SAT Subject Test scores.  

Standardized Test Scores and Test-Optional Program

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. For those who choose to submit, 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 Program is between 1370-1460 SAT and 30-33 ACT. 

Students who choose not to provide test scores are required to complete the supplemental essays.  These essays will be available after submitting an application in the student's personalized student portal, My Blue Hen Home. Any additional evidence of academic skills in areas related to your intended major, particularly if it is math and science intensive, will be important 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.

After the fall of 2021, the Test Optional Program for first-year (non-transfer) students who are Delaware residents attending a Delaware high school has been extended through the class entering in 2024. Students will have the ability to choose whether or not to submit their SAT or ACT scores as a part of their admission application.

Learn More About the Test Optional Program

Special Programs

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

Students wishing to apply to Art and Design after the January 15 deadline must contact the department for a portfolio review.

Art & Design requirementS


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


The University of Delaware does not conduct formal interviews as part of the admissions application process. If your student has any questions regarding the University of Delaware or applying, please direct them to their admissions counselor

Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)

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 our SRAR FAQs

*Students who are admitted and plan to attend UD will be required to submit official, final high school transcripts.

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.

Transferring Credit to UD

AP & IB Credit Information

Students can earn advanced standing credit in three ways: through the College Board’s Advanced Placement tests, through college credits taken while still in high school and through the International Baccalaureate Program.

Advanced Placements (AP) Exams & International Baccalaureate (IB)

UD will typically grants advanced credit for scores of 4, 5, and in most cases 3 on Advanced Placement exams. 

The University of Delaware will consider transfer credit for courses taken at the IB Higher Level when students receive a “4” or higher. Students may transfer no more than a year’s worth of credit in each IB course.

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Additional Opportunities

UD accepts credits from other special programs under the following conditions:

  • The course must appear on a college transcript and the college must be fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency.
  • The student should earn a “C” or better in the course.
  • The course must be an academic course with an equivalent course offered.

Gap Year Programs at non-U.S. Universities

First-Year students who want to transfer coursework from non-U.S. Gap Year programs before enrolling at UD must submit the official college transcript for evaluation to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)