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Delaware Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to the University of Delaware, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 67%, admission to Delaware is fairly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1600, or an ACT score of around 35.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Delaware’s admission statistics.


Delaware Admissions Statistics

Delaware’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 67%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 24,881 applicants, Delaware admitted about 16,569. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.7, the average ACT score was 27, and the average SAT score was 1290.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 25, and the 75th percentile score was 29.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1200. The 75th percentile score was 1380.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Delaware is very competitive. Even if Delaware is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Delaware’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Delaware Application Requirements

To apply to Delaware, you’ll need to fill out the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, submit two letters of recommendation, submit an essay using the provided Common Application prompt, and submit an initial major using the school’s Major Finder. Everything should be submitted by January 15th.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Common Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit two Letters of Recommendation
  • Submit an essay using the provided Common Application prompt
  • Submit an initial major using the school’s Major Finder

The application deadline is January 15th. January 15th is also the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Delaware? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Delaware Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Delaware, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 42% are male and 58% are female
  • 4% of students are international

Delaware has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 4%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.2%
  • Two or more races: 3.2%
  • White: 76.5%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Delaware offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Biomedical Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Delaware Tuition Figures

At $46,618, Delaware’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $9,280.

Here’s a fuller look at Delaware tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $46,618
  • Average financial aid package: $9,280
  • The average student debt of a Delaware graduate is $33,150

Now, what is life like at Delaware? Let’s take a look.


Delaware Location

The main Delaware campus is located in Newark, Delaware.

While the university itself was not formally chartered until 1833, the school’s origins can actually be traced back to 1743. In fact, 3 members of the school’s original 10-person class went on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Remember, you’re going to Delaware for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Delaware Academics

Delaware has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Accounting
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Comparative Literature
  • Dietetics
  • Entomology
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • General Studies
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Pharmacy
  • Voice and Opera

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Delaware.


Student Life at Delaware

Delaware has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Delaware’s student activities:

  • 8-Bit Orchestra
  • Buddies for a Brighter Future
  • Chronic Illness Advocates
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Friends 4 Friends
  • Epilepsy Awareness Club
  • International Film Club
  • Take The Mic
  • Board Game Club
  • Blue Hen Belly Dance
  • Stitches of Love
  • Gift of Life UD
  • Students for the Free Market
  • Young Americans for Liberty
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Are you an athlete? Delaware’s got plenty of options for you.


Delaware Athletics

Delaware offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Delaware’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Delaware degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Delaware has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • US Vice President Joseph Biden
  • NFL quarterback Joe Flacco
  • NJ Governor Chris Christie
  • NFL coach Matt Nagy
  • UBS Investment Bank CEO John P. Costas
  • Broadway director Susan Stroman
  • Journalist Peter Bailey
  • NFL analyst Rich Gannon
  • Political campaign manager Steve Schmidt
  • Cartoonist Tim Kreider
  • EA CEO Larry Probst
  • Journalist David E. Hoffman

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Delaware is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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