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Application Tips

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The college search process, while exciting, can be daunting. We’re here to guide you — whether you need advice on choosing a major, details on the costs of college, application tips or information about campus life.

We’re ready to guide you through every step of the college search and application process.

Find the Right College for You

We hope UD is the right college for you, but our ultimate goal is to help you find a place where you will thrive and prepare for success in life. To that end, here are some things to consider when looking at colleges.

Get a sense of how well students graduate prepared for a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Explore UD Student Outcomes

Consider class sizes, accessibility of professors, academic advising tools and options for learning support.

Explore Academics at UD

Ask about opportunities for undergraduate research, internships and co-ops, global experiences and capstone courses.

Explore Experiential Learning at UD

Experience campus life and dining options and explore nearby city life. Look through the available clubs and organizations and ask about retention.

Explore Community at UD

Understand the costs beyond first-year tuition, like annual tuition increases, fees and textbooks. File the FAFSA and carefully review your personalized aid package.

Explore Affordability at UD

The best way to know if a school is right for you is to experience the community.

Visit the UD Campus

General Application Tips

Here are some general tips to help you through the application process. Graduate, international and law students, please refer to the appropriate admission Information page for additional requirements and details.

If you have any questions when applying to UD, please contact us and let our team know how we can assist you.

  • Check deadlines for submitting applications.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation — and be sure to thank them.
  • File the FAFSA as soon as it opens.
  • Undergraduates, decide if you wish to submit test scores and check if they are required (UD is test-optional).
  • Graduate students, check with your department to learn which test scores, if any, are required.
  • Read all application instructions.
  • Prepare your essay. This is your opportunity to distinguish yourself in your own voice. Select a prompt that speaks to your experiences and who you are as a person. Share details that help reviewers create a meaningful understanding of who you are as a whole person and how you will contribute to the UD community.
  • Gather required documentation.
    • Have your transcript translated into English if it is written in another language.
    • International undergraduate students need to provide additional financial documentation.
  • If you plan to transfer to UD, submit your transfer credit evaluation request prior to applying to UD.