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Special Admissions Programs

The University offers a number of programs for prospective students and community members that provide special benefits to participants and that have distinct admissions requirements.

Special Admissions Programs

The University offers a number of programs for prospective students and community members that provide special benefits to participants and that have distinct admissions requirements.

Honors Program

UDC Honors students are ambitious, talented, and motivated. The Honors Program offers students the following primary benefits:

  • Depending upon availability of funds and student qualifications, a scholarship equivalent to one full year of resident or metro area tuition
  • Challenging courses taken with a unique peer-group of high achievers
  • Opportunities for experiential learning and co-curricular activities within the District, community service, and campus leadership
  • Relationships with faculty, mentors, and peers that provide the support and friendship students need to transition successfully to college life

Prospective students are eligible for the Honors program if they meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants to the Flagship for the fall semester 
  • Traditional first time in college students
  • Cumulative H.S. GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • District residency preferred but not required

For more information, please visit www.udc.edu/honors or you can contact Alex Howe at ahowe@udc.edu to learn more about the program and receive an application.

The CARE Dual Enrollment Program
(at UDC Community College)

The UDC Community College CARE Dual Enrollment Program is special undergraduate program that provides the opportunity for pre-college DC students to earn college credits early, at no cost to students. Our students prepare for college by experiencing it firsthand.

Benefits: 

  • Earn credits toward college graduation
  • Avoid developmental courses in college
  • Collaborate with college peers
  • Communicate effectively with college faculty
  • Plan for college and career
  • Access UDC students services and CARE Program transition support services

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a DCPS school or DC public charter school that partners with the UDC-CC CARE Program*, AND must be in grades 9-12 or in a GED program.
  • Placed into college-level courses on the ACCUPLACER college placement exam

*The UDC-CC CARE Program partners with many DC public and DC public charter schools. A list of school partners can be found at:  http://cc.udc.edu/care.

To apply: 

  • Students complete an online application for admission as a special/non-degree seeking student at http://www.udc.edu/admit/apply_now. Students should first contact their DCPS high school counselor or DCPCS counselor or the UDC-CC CARE Program office for application guidance and for questions about application instructions, open application periods, deadlines, and fee waivers. Note:  We are unable to accept late applications.
  • *Special program students (in the CARE Program) are considered “Non-degree seeking” students by UDC Admissions; Students must complete a new application for each semester they wish to enroll in the CARE Program for dual enrollment.

Deadlines:

  • To take a dual enrollment course in the summer, the application deadline is April 15th.
  • To take a dual enrollment course in the fall, the application deadline is June 15th.
  • To take a dual enrollment course in the spring, the application deadline is October 15th.  

If you are a student, parent/guardian, or school interested in learning more, please contact Nicole Savage, Program Coordinator for College Readiness, Partnerships, and Volunteers (nicole.savage@udc.edu, 202.274.7088) or Robyn Ellis, Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach (robyn.ellis@udc.edu, 202.274.5123).

Gerontology Program

As part of UDC's land-grant mission and commitment to the District community, UDC enables adults who are District residents and ages 65 and older to take classes at UDC free of charge. Students apply and pay their application fee online as non-degree seeking students. Students who plan on matriculating at the university and earning college credit must also submit their transcripts; students who are only interested in auditing courses need only submit their application and application fee. 
Interested students should contact Patricia Brittingham at pbrittingham@udc.edu or 202.274.6593.

Additional Resources

Honors Program
Urban Scholars Program
Gerontology Program

UDC Office of Recruitment and Admissions

4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

UDC-admissions@udc.edu

Phone 202.274.6110