Admissions First Time

First Time in College Student Admissions

UDC combines relevant academics, affordability and the best of everything Washington, DC offers into an exciting university experience. There is only one U.S. capital city. There is only one UDC.

UDC Delivers a Unique College Experience


Choose UDC, and you won’t just earn a degree. You’ll gain access to an entire community of people, resources and opportunities that only a school right in the heart of the District can provide. No other “college town” can compare.

UDC also serves the unique needs of first-time college students. In fact, many of our students are the first in their families to take this step.

That’s why UDC focuses on quality, value and strong student life, through:

  • Access to majors that target top careers
  • Expert professors who focus on teaching and learning
  • Vibrant location and campus life
  • Affordable tuition

Choose from UDC’s fully accredited academic majors in many career fields, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Technology

First-Time College Student

If ALL of the following criteria are true for you, then you are in the right place and can apply to UDC as a first time in college student:

  1. You seek either an Associate degree from UDC’s Community College or a Bachelor’s degree from UDC’s Flagship University.
  1. You have completed high school but have not attended any other college or university (either inside or outside the U.S.).

Rule #2 does not apply to high school students who’ve taken college courses as part of a dual enrollment program or those who’ve taken exams via Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or College Level Exam Program (CLEP). They too can apply to UDC as a first-time student.

If these guidelines for first time in college students do not apply to you, please review the guidelines for transfer students, re-admit students, graduate students or international students.

Take the Next Steps, Today!

Take a Campus Tour, attend an Open House or one of our Recruitment Events.  Then use this step-by-step admissions guide to learn more about UDC’s admissions standards and application requirements for first-time college students.

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