UDC Information and Links for Parents
Parents – and entire families – play a major role every student’s college decision. That’s why we’ve collected the most important information and links right here on one page.
UDC Important Admissions Information at a Glance
UDC is a public institution, located near Embassy Row in Washington, DC. We serve approximately 5,200 students each year.
Chartered in 1851 as the only urban, land grant university in the Unites States, the UDC is the only fully accredited public institution of higher education in the nation's capital. Today, the UDC pursues its mission of education, research and community service.
UDC focuses on quality, value and strong student life, through:
- Access to majors that target top careers
- Supportive professors with relevant expertise
- Vibrant location and campus life
- Affordable tuition
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- Admissions Standards First-Time Students
- Admissions Standards for Transfer Students
- Admissions Process
- Admissions Deadlines
- Tuition and Fees
- College Cost Calculator
- Financial Aid Eligibility
- Financial Aid Process
- Financial Aid Deadlines
- Majors and Options
- Campus Location and Safety
- On-Campus Student Housing
- Off-Campus Housing Options
UDC Community College (Associate degree programs):
- High school diploma, GED or equivalent
UDC Flagship University (Bachelor's degree programs):
- 2.5 high school grade point average and 1200 SAT or 16 ACT score; OR
- 2.0 high school grade point average and 1400 SAT or 19 ACT score
Applicants who do not meet the Flagship University admissions standards, including those who have been out of school for more than three years, can take the ACCUPLACER exam. The following ACCUPLACER scores make applicants eligible for admission to UDC's Flagship University:
- English score: 86
- Math score: 85
- Reading score: 78
Transferring to the Community College (Associate degree programs):
- High school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Not currently on academic probation or suspension at another college or university (There is a two-year waiting period for those who've been academically dismissed from their last school.)
Transferring to the Flagship University (Bachelor's degree programs):
- 30 college credits or more and an aggregate grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- Less than 30 college credits with a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher
- Complete the online application.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee ($35 for U.S. undergraduate students).
- Submit high school transcripts or copy of GED diploma and test scores (or equivalent).
- Submit official SAT or ACT test scores (if applying to UDC's Flagship University) or submit official transcripts from other colleges or universities attended.
|Application Priority Deadlines||US Applicants||International Applicants|
|Fall||May 15||April 15|
|Spring||October 15||September 15|
(No Graduate Admissions)
|April 15||March 15|
View complete information on Admission Deadlines.
To demonstrate UDC's affordability, we've collected estimated tuition and college-related costs into charts for:
- Associate degree or undergraduate-level students at UDC's Community College
- Bachelor's degree or undergraduate-level students at UDC's Flagship University
- Master's degree or graduate-level students
These charts include the differences for District resident, Metro Area residents and non-resident students.
Review full details on UDC's current tuition and fee schedule to learn more.
Based on a series of questions about a family's financial situation, UDC's college cost estimate tool provides information about what similar students have paid to attend UDC, including sample financial aid packages. Many families, especially those sending students to college for the first time, find this new college cost tool helpful.
The following kinds of students are not eligible for financial aid at UDC:
- International students
- Non-degree-seeking students
- Students who have not met UDC Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards by exceeding the maximum time allowed for academic program completion (typically happens if students change schools or majors several times)
- Students currently under Suspension Status for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Otherwise, UDC encourages all families to apply for financial aid.
Before families begin the financial aid application process, have them review these required steps:
- Make sure a student is eligible for financial aid.
- Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.
- Gather all documents needed to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). A new IRS data retrieval tool makes this process faster and easier.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) when it arrives
- Review your Financial Aid Letter.
- Provide any additional documents requested.
You can review the complete step-by-step financial aid instructions.
|May 15 – new students||FAFSA Priority Submission Date|
|June 15 – new students||Financial Aid Supporting Documents Deadline|
Or browse the full list of available majors at UDC.
Right near "Embassy Row" in the northwest section of the city, UDC's campus is located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW, which is close to the Van Ness/UDC Metro station stop. Surrounded by embassies, the National Zoo and a variety of restaurants UDC is located in one of the safest and most vibrant neighborhoods in Washington. Van Ness offers a plethora of cultural and recreational offerings to engage students between classes.
Currently, 100 students live in UDC's campus housing which offers the following amenities:
- 24-hour resident concierge / Doorman
- Sparkling Olympic size swimming pool
- 24-hour fitness center and saunas
- Variety of exercise classes offered weekly
- Multi-purpose resident community room
- On-site dry cleaning valet
- Steps to Van Ness/UDC Metro stop
- Underground walk way to grocery shopping
The apartments have the following furnishings:
- Bed – extra long twin size
- Desk and chair
UDC will offer on campus apartment-style housing for more than 600 students starting during the 2013-2014 school year.
Learn more about UDC campus housing options, including costs and amenities.
Many local students live at home or with family or friends while they attend UDC. Others choose nearby, off-campus apartments. The Office of Residence Life is available to assists students in finding the perfect match for off-campus housing.