Admissions Policies

1. Application Expiration Policy

All applications for admission are valid only for the semester for which you apply. If you would like to change the semester in which you intend to begin classes, a deferral request can be submitted within the Admissions portal. Learn more about the deferral process.

2. Official Transcript Submission Policy:

Submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions directly to the Office of Admissions. A high school diploma with a graduation date or GED is required for students transferring fewer than 15 credits:

Beginning in fall 2019, all students will be required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions within the first two semesters of enrollment at Wilmington University. If all official transcripts are not submitted within the first two semesters of enrollment, students will not be able to continue with registration for future terms. This policy has been put in place so that we may better serve you and provide you with resources to be successful students. (High school transcripts should include courses completed through senior year and the date of graduation.)

  • Electronically
  • Sent directly from the school of attendance in a sealed envelope to:

    Wilmington University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    320 N. DuPont Hwy.
    New Castle, DE 19720

    OR

    Wilmington University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    31 Read's Way
    New Castle, DE 19720

Undergraduate applicants must be graduates of an accredited high school or have successfully completed a General Education Development (GED) program.

Home School Students: Wilmington University has developed revised admission requirements to better serve the Home School community. Learn more.

Note: In order to receive financial aid all official transcripts must be on file.

Some benefits of transcript submission include:

  • Maximize your transfer credits. If you have taken courses at a previous institution, there is no expiration or time limit on those credits.
  • Qualify for financial aid. Once you submit official copies of transcripts from all previously attended institutions, you will be eligible for financial aid and able to move forward with the financial aid process.
  • Save on tuition. If you are a transfer student, submitting transcripts for an evaluation removes the potential risk of taking classes that you have previously completed.
  • Graduation. Transcripts from all previously attended institutions are required to complete your degree program.

3. Transcript Waiver Requests

Wilmington University adheres to policies regarding applicants who wish to waive transcripts from previously attended institutions. Applicants must submit their request in writing to the Director of Admissions. Requests must include the name of the institution, dates of attendance, and the reason for the request. Transcripts may be waived for three reasons:

  1. The institution was not accredited at the time of the student’s attendance;
  2. The institution is no longer in existence and transcripts are unable to be retrieved; and...
  3. The student withdrew from courses prior to completing one term, as defined by that institution.

Requests are reviewed and investigated by the Director of Admissions and can take up to one month to complete.

4. Transfer Credit

Undergraduate programs permit a maximum of 90 transfer credits towards a bachelor's degree and 30 credits towards an associate's degree. Some transfer credits may not apply towards a specific degree. Transfer students are required to complete at least 30 credits of a bachelor degree at Wilmington University, and all students are required to complete at least 30 credits at the 300-400 level. Students seeking honors recognition at graduation must complete at least 45 credits at Wilmington University and meet all requirements for honors. Transfer credits accepted from colleges and universities must be from an accredited institution that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) earned with a grade of "C" or better. For students with conferred associate's degrees, there are circumstances where grades less than a "C" may be accepted. A transfer student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 will be interviewed by an academic representative to determine appropriate course schedule. Specific transfer credit policies may apply to particular programs within each college. All transfer credits that are applied to any College of Education degree that contributes to eligibility for licensure as a Delaware educator must be from a REGIONALLY accredited institution. The six regional accrediting agencies are: MSCHE; NCA-HLC; NEASC; NWCCU; SACS; WASC. Transfer students must have all transcripts from other accredited institutions in the possession of the Admissions Office or home site office at least one month prior to registration. Failure to attend to this can result in duplication of courses previously completed at those institutions. Credit will not be granted for course duplication.

To review which courses may transfer, use our Credit Transfer Tool.

Graduate programs permits up to 12 transfer credits of graduate study from a fully accredited graduate school may be accepted. Students seeking credit for course work completed at other accredited institutions must submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution to Wilmington University and a catalog course description from that institution. Transferred course work must be relevant to the major area of study. Courses graded below a "B" will not be considered. Transfer students must have all transcripts from other accredited institutions in the possession of the Admissions Office or home site office at least one month prior to registration. Failure to attend to this can result in duplication of courses previously completed at those institutions. Credit will not be granted for course duplication.

5. Submit Health History/Immunization Records

All Wilmington University students should submit a copy of their immunization records to the Admissions office. It is recommended that these records are on file with the Admissions office prior to the start of your initial term of enrollment at the University. If you are unable to obtain a copy of your immunization records, you may submit a copy of your MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. *Do you have questions about where to go to get an MMR vaccine? Click here for more information.

6. Code of Conduct Policy for CNS majors

(embedded in application to opt-in to agree to terms of the policy): https://www.wilmu.edu/admission/itac_codeofconductpolicy.pdf

7. Math and English Skills Assessment

Complete a Math and English Skills Assessment English and Math Skills Assessments are required for any undergraduate student who has not transferred acceptable credits for the following requirements: MAT 205 or ENG 121. These results permit the University to place the student in the appropriate level math or English course. Students who provide documentation of the following scores will be exempt from the skills assessment in that area:

Pre-March 2016 SAT

New SAT

Smarter Balance Assessment

8. Dismissals from Other Institutions

Wilmington University adheres to policies regarding academic and behavioral dismissals from other institutions by requiring applicants to submit a written description of the situation, outlining the circumstances on the application for admission. An admission decision is made by the Director of Admissions.

9. Open Admissions Policy

Wilmington University honors an open admissions policy and welcomes applications from all interested potential students. The application review process may take up to 7 business days. You will be notified via email once your application has been reviewed and an admissions decision has been made. Admissions Timeline for Admittance and Enrollment: Application processing: Up to 7 business days Transcript processing timeframe for paper transcripts: Up to 2 weeks in total. This includes from the time that the student requests transcripts to be sent from the previous institution until the Admissions office at Wilmington University receives and processes them. Transcript Processing Timeframe for Electronic Transcripts: Up to 7 business days from the time that the student submits the request at their previous institution. Transfer student credit evaluation timeframe: Once Wilmington University receives and processes all official transcripts, it may be up to 3-5 business days for an evaluation to be completed and for the student to see the transfer credits on their student record. Financial Aid: After the FAFSA is received by Wilmington University, it may take 4 to 6 weeks for financial aid to be awarded. Students can delay the process even longer by not properly submitting all of the required documents.

10. College of Health Professions Background Check and Drug Screen Policy

All nursing and Health Science students are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and drug screen in order to promote the highest level of integrity in health care services; meet requirements of clinical facilities and contractual agreements; and avoid delays in clinical placement. College of Health Professions has a designated provider, therefore results from any other provider will not be accepted. Students are responsible for payment of any and all fees related to the background check and drug screen. The background check and drug screen is a mandatory requirement for all Graduate and Undergraduate College of Health Professions students.  The Undergraduate nursing and Health Science students must complete this requirement during the first core course in the curriculum.  The Graduate Nurse Practitioner students, Graduate Leadership students, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students must complete this requirement upon admission to the program. Students will not be permitted to participate in courses that involve clinical hours or learning experiences outside the University, and may be unable to complete the program under the following conditions: refusing to complete a background check and drug screen through our designated provider,  having positive findings on the background and/or drug screen that are not resolved following review by the College of Health Professions and/or a credentialing body as a result of the positive findings on the background check or drug screen.

11. College of Education: Criminal Background Check Required for Student Teaching

Candidates enrolling into Student Teaching are required by state law to submit the following clinical clearance items: a new Criminal Background Check, a new TB / PPD (Tuberculosis Test), a new Child Protection Registry Form and a Health Authorization form. These items must be submitted when completing the application for Student Teaching placement. The Criminal Background Check (CBC) can be completed through the Delaware State Bureau of Identifications. The CBC must be delivered in its originally sealed envelope from the DE SBI. Candidates may deliver the sealed, untampered envelope to any one of the three locations - Dover (Building B), Georgetown or New Castle (Peoples Building). Candidates will receive a receipt notification of delivery. Candidates can locate the nearest location and appointment times by visiting this website— dsp.delaware.gov/state_bureau_of_identification.shtml.


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