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Dillard University

New Orleans, LA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate80%

Dillard University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Dillard University. Around 80% of applicants get into Dillard University each year. Last year, 5,052 students applied to Dillard University and 4,036 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Dillard University, the fee for the application costs $36.

Dillard University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Dillard University's admissions stats.

Dillard University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1030
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 37%
Waitlist No

Dillard University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dillard University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Applying Early to Dillard University?

Dillard University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Dillard University Admissions

How To Get Into Dillard University

It is moderately difficult to get into Dillard University. Dillard University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Dillard University accepted 80% of all applicants, about 4,036 of the 5,052 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Dillard University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Dillard University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Dillard University

Dillard University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Dillard University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Dillard University

Wondering what factors are considered by Dillard University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Dillard University for more information on admission factors.

Dillard University Application Requirements

To apply to Dillard University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Dillard University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript(S) of College Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dillard University?

Students admitted to Dillard University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Dillard University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 10% of Dillard University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 37% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Dillard University?

To be competitive with other Dillard University applicants, you should strive to score between 990 and 1145 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Dillard University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1145 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Dillard University student is 1030.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Dillard University students scored 583 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Dillard University students scored 593 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

To be most competitive at Dillard University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dillard University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dillard University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Dillard University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Dillard University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Dillard University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Dillard University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dillard University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Dillard University.

Does Dillard University accept transfer credits?

✅ Dillard University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Dillard University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Dillard University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Dillard University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dillard University?

❌ No, Dillard University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Dillard University's acceptance rate?

✅ Dillard University's acceptance rate is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dillard University?

❌ Dillard University does not offer early decision.

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Dillard University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Dillard University? Dillard University is a somewhat selective institution. The Dillard University acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


Dillard University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dillard University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dillard University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Dillard University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1145


Math SAT Range

478 - 583


Reading SAT Range

510 - 593

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1145 and Above


990 to 1145


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Dillard University students is 1030. Applicants with SAT scores of 1145 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Dillard University, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1145 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Dillard University.

Dillard University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Dillard University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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