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University of Delaware - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

In evaluating student applications, the Admissions Office considers a broad range of criteria, including the depth and rigor of the college preparatory program and trend in grades; grades earned in specific courses, especially those related to an applicant's proposed field of study; overall grade-point index; class rank; standardized test scores; student essays; letters of recommendation; and self appraisal. With Delaware's increasing selectivity, grades of "B" and above are expected. The self-appraisal allows applicants to explain grades of "C" and below in their academic record. Recommendations from counselors and teachers, leadership qualities, and recognition in extracurricular and community activities also can support a favorable decision. Engineering programs at the University require additional preparation in math and science; prospective majors in engineering should have completed four years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus, and are strongly urged to take physics, chemistry, and biology.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

In addition to the Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions and the UD Supplement, international applicants submit an Essay, Summary of Educational Experiences, Confidential Financial Information form, and an official bank statement showing enough funds to cover their educational expenses. Non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or official International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) report. Some students may be required to enroll in the University's English Language Institute or another language institute before beginning studies on the campus. For all international applicants, an application fee is also required.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

The University of Delaware seeks academically ambitious and creative applicants from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and geographic regions. As the Admissions Committee evaluates an application for admission, it weighs the rigor of the student's high school program, academic record (especially the trend in grades), SAT Reasoning and/or ACT with Writing scores, class rank, student essays, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Special talents and abilities, Delaware residency, and alumni/ae affiliation are taken into consideration. As it evaluates your application, the Admissions Committee always reserves the right to consider your personal conduct and ethical behavior as a factor in its decision.

Please note that the SAT Reasoning and/or ACT with Writing must be submitted for admissions consideration. Test scores without a writing component will not be accepted. Two SAT Subject tests of the student's choosing (or an ACT with Writing) are required for home schooled applicants and strongly recommended for Honors Program applicants.

All courses currently in progress must be successfully completed and are subject to review by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee does not consider financial need in the admissions process.

The University expects all applicants to have completed strong college preparatory course work at an accredited secondary school or certified home school program, including at least 18 credits of post-eighth-grade course work in: English, 4 years; Mathematics, 3 years (4 years recommended); Science, 3 years, 2 must include a lab (4 years recommended, 3 years with a lab recommended); History/Social Sciences, 4 years (at least 2 of the units must be history and 1 of those must be world history); Foreign Languages, 2 years of same (4 years of same recommended); Academic Electives, 2 units (0-2 units recommended). An additional year of math or science may be substituted for the 4th year of history/social science. Foreign language courses taken before the ninth grade do not count. Some programs at the University require additional preparation in math and science. Prospective majors in engineering should have completed 4 years of mathematics, including trigonometry, pre-calculus, and/or calculus. Prospective majors in engineering are strongly urged to take physics, chemistry, and biology.

Residency Requirements

To qualify as a Delaware resident for in-state residency classification purposes, the person on whom the classification depends must have been domiciled in Delaware for at least twelve consecutive months as of the first day of classes in the semester or session for which in-state residency classification is sought. In-state residency classification shall apply for the entire semester or session and thereafter until changed.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS: Students from outside the University of Delaware who wish to transfer into the College of Engineering must make a formal application through the University Admissions Office. Prospective transfer students submit the Application for Transfer Admission, official post-secondary transcript(s), official high school transcript, transfer statement, and letter of recommendation. In general, transfer applicants should have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college-level work. Certain majors are more selective and require both a higher minimum GPA and specific coursework. To be considered for admission, transfer students must be in good standing with their current or most recently attended institution. The transfer applicant's total academic credentials are considered, including previously achieved grade-point index, the type of institution attended, performance in specific courses relating to the proposed field of study, and statement of interest in attending the University of Delaware.

TO TRANSFER INTO THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FROM WITHIN THE INSTITUTION: Students at the University of Delaware who wish to change into a major within the College of Engineering must make a formal request to the appropriate engineering department. This request may be made using a web-based form immediately after grades are posted in the fall and spring semester. See above for GPA and background information, although certain majors are more selective and require both a higher minimum GPA and specific coursework.