University of Delaware: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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The University of Delaware is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 68%. Located in Newark, Delaware, the university is made up of seven different colleges of which the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest. UD's College of Engineering and its College of Business and Economics often rank high nationally. The University of Delaware's strengths in liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In athletics, the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

Considering applying to the University of Delaware? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Delaware had an acceptance rate of 68%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 68 students were admitted, making Delaware's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 26,501
Percent Admitted 68%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 29%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Delaware requires that all out-of-state applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. In-state applicants attending high school in Delaware can choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 72% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 670
Math 580 680
ERW-Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of UD's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to the University of Delaware scored between 590 and 670, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at the University of Delaware.

Requirements

The University of Delaware does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that UD participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. In-state applicants who choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores are required to complete supplemental essays in lieu of standardized test scores. SAT Subject tests are not required by the University of Delaware.

ACT Scores and Requirements

The University of Delaware requires that all out-of-state applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. In-state applicants attending high school in Delaware can choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 27% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 29
Composite 24 29

This admissions data tells us that most of UD's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Delaware received a composite ACT score between 24 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

The University of Delaware does not require the optional ACT writing section. UD considers your highest composite ACT score from a single sitting. Note that in-state applicants who choose not to submit SAT or ACT scores are required to complete supplemental essays in lieu of standardized test scores.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of the University of Delaware's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.57 and 4.03. 25% had a GPA above 4.03, and 25% had a GPA below 3.57. These results suggest that most successful applicants to the University of Delaware have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Delaware Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Delaware Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Delaware. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Delaware, which accepts just over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. Most successful applicants have grades and test scores that are above average. However, the University of Delaware has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application and optional short answer essay responses and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. It's also important to note that certain majors have additional admissions requirements, such as music and art programs.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades of "B+" or better, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 22 or better. Your chances of receiving an acceptance letter are best if you have an "A" average and SAT score over 1200.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the University of Delaware Undergraduate Admissions Office.