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University of Delaware

Newark, DE 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate70%

University of Delaware Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of Delaware. The university admitted 70% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 33,965 applications received in 2023, 23,931 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to University of Delaware, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee is $75.

Students who submit their applications to University of Delaware for fall should anticipate a decision by November 1.

University of Delaware Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of University of Delaware's admissions stats.

University of Delaware 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 60%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

University of Delaware Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of Delaware.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 January 31
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 November 1

Applying Early to University of Delaware?

University of Delaware does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. University of Delaware will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 31.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

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

More on University of Delaware Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to University of Delaware?

Getting into University of Delaware is moderately difficult. University of Delaware evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, University of Delaware accepted 70% of all applicants, about 23,931 from the 33,965 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of Delaware, 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. Admissions to honors program is program very difficult.

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into University of Delaware is very difficult.

Transferring to University of Delaware

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to University of Delaware

University of Delaware has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into University of Delaware?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at University of Delaware

What does University of Delaware consider 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
State Residency Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

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

University of Delaware Application Requirements

To apply to University of Delaware, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with University of Delaware'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
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of Delaware?

Students admitted to University of Delaware have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9.

Out of all students that were admitted, 41% submitted a class rank. At University of Delaware 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65% were in the top 25% and 93% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of Delaware, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 47%
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 9%
3.00 and 3.24 3%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of Delaware directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

University of Delaware does not have 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 2022, 60% of University of Delaware's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of Delaware students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of Delaware students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of Delaware, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of Delaware's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of Delaware students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to University of Delaware

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

Transfer students can enroll in University of Delaware during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

University of Delaware Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of Delaware?

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

Does University of Delaware accept transfer credits?

✅ University of Delaware accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of Delaware accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

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

✅ University of Delaware accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of Delaware?

✅ University of Delaware is not test optional.

What is University of Delaware's acceptance rate?

✅ University of Delaware's acceptance rate is 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of Delaware?

❌ University of Delaware does not offer early decision.

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University of Delaware Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into University of Delaware? University of Delaware is a somewhat selective institution. The University of Delaware acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.


University of Delaware Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Delaware is Jan 15.

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

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

University of Delaware SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

580 - 680


Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

University of Delaware GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of Delaware, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.94. 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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