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Application Priority Deadlines

TermUS StudentsInternational Students
FallMay 15Apr 15
SpringOct 15Sep 15
SummerApr 15Mar 15
No Graduate admissions for Summer term.*
 *The Homeland Security Graduate Program (MS) will offer summer admissions.

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Application Requirements

The University of the District of Columbia has designed its admissions process to be simple, fast, and automated, for prospective students. Online applicants will receive an automatic response to their online application within 72 hours of a normal business work week; exceptions are when the University is officially closed. If you have questions, please call the Admissions Office during business hours, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except as noted above).

However,  please note that this response will only verify that we have received your online application.

You will not receive an admission decision until The Office of Admissions has received all required documents for admission. Please be sure that the email address you submit on your application is correct, as we will contact you via the email address that you provide to us on your application!

If you have questions, please review the steps to Admission.
You can call the Admissions Office during business hours, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, however during peak processing periods, we might not  be able to quickly return your calls.

Online Application

UDC strongly encourages you to apply using our online application, which is fast, secure, and has the following benefits:

  • Automatically saves all data, and you can complete your application at any time
  • Allows you to make credit card application fee payments
  • Allows you to check on the status of your application and items submitted at any time
  • Guarantees an admissions response in the shortest time possible
  • Promotes the University's and District's commitment to sustainability

If you have significant extenuating circumstances that prevent you from applying online, please email the Office of Admissions at to request a paper application.

Application Fee Payment

Applicants must submit a non-refundable application fee payment as part of their application. An application is not complete and can't be reviewed for an admissions decision without the application fee payment.

The easiest and fastest way to pay the fee is through the online application by credit card using a Visa or MasterCard through the online admissions application. You will not be able to pay by credit card unless you do so at the same time you submit your online application though the online application system.

Students who choose to mail their application fee must complete and send the Application Fee Payment Form along with a check or money order payable to the University of the District of Columbia to the Office. Please remember to write the name of the payment form and your ID # or date of birth on the envelope.

Application Fee Waiver

Fee waivers are available only to current District of Columbia high-school students who apply to UDC in the fall immediately following high school graduation, and who face financial hardships. To apply for a waiver, students must meet the income eligibility criteria identified by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); complete a NACAC Fee Waiver Form signed by their guidance counselor or other approved school representative; and mail the form to the Office or email the form to For more information about the NACAC fee waiver process, eligibility criteria, and to download the waiver form, please visit In addition to the NACAC waiver form, UDC also accepts the College Board Fee Waiver.   

Students must submit a completed application for admission before their application for a fee waiver can be assessed. Students cannot obtain a fee waiver after they apply for admission if they have already paid the application fee, and UDC will not refund any application fee already paid. Students who apply for a waiver will receive notice only if their fee waiver is denied.

All graduates of the UDC Community College who apply to the Flagship automatically receive an application fee waiver, and are not required to submit any documentation.


All applicants who submit transcripts, test scores, and other required admissions credentials to the Office should take note of the following key policies:

  • In general, UDC requires official high school and college transcripts. Official transcripts are defined as a verification of a student's academic record issued in the original language from the original issuing source. Official transcripts are considered part of the admission application only if they are sent directly to UDC from the issuing high school or college.  Students who submit unofficial transcripts may still be admitted but are required to submit official transcripts in order to register.  
  • Applicants must provide UDC with transcripts that indicate all coursework and grades completed at all previously attended high schools and post-secondary institutions. 
  • UDC requires official test scores sent directly to UDC from the testing agency and/or test scores indicated on official transcripts. 
  • When sending credentials, payment, or other documents to the Office, include the name of the form/credential and your Identification Number, if received, on all mailing envelopes.

All credentials and payments should be sent to the Office at the following address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008

Graduate program applicants can also email signed Letters of Recommendation and the Personal Essay directly to the Office at

Application Requirements by Applicant Type

For more information on the admissions requirements specific to applicant type, go to the Apply Now page. Please also view the transfer student and international student pages for additional information.

Office of Recruitment and Admission

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