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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. 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

In order to establish domicile in Delaware, a person must maintain a predominant physical presence in Delaware for a minimum of twelve consecutive months after moving to Delaware.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Applicants must submit transcripts from all previously attended colleges. An official, final high school transcript and official standardized test scores are required for applicants who have completed fewer than 30 transferable college credits at the time of the admissions evaluation. Applicants who have received credits for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) should submit official test scores. Applicants who wish to be evaluated for admissions without submitting their high school transcript and standardized test scores should apply only after completing at least 30 transferable college credits.

To be considered for admission, transfer students must be in good academic and discipline standing and able to return to their current or most recently attended institution. The transfer applicant’s total academic credentials are considered, including previously achieved grade-point index in all completed courses, the quality of coursework, the type of institution(s) attended, trend in grades, performance in specific courses relating to the proposed field of study, and statement of interest in attending the University of Delaware. Criteria for acceptance varies by major. Please review the minimum Requirements by Major and other relevant information on the Transfer requirements website.

Transfers students are eligible to apply to the University Honors Program if they have completed 17 or fewer college credits at the time of enrollment. An official high school transcript and standardized test scores must also be submitted for consideration. Limited opportunities within the University Honors Program may be available for high ability applicants with no more than 30 credits, however official high school transcript and standardized test scores must also be submitted for consideration.