Admission Standards

Undergraduate applicants can apply to either the Community College to obtain an Associate Degree or to the Flagship to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. If you apply but do not qualify for admission to the Flagship, UDC will still admit you to the Community College if possible. If you apply to the Community College, you will only receive admission to the Community College.

Once admitted to the Community College, students in good academic standing and who have met minimal prerequisite requirements can easily transition to the Flagship.

Community College (Associates Program)

All students who have earned a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent are eligible for admission to the Community College.

Flagship (Bachelors Program)

Applicants interested in admission to the Flagship must have earned a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, and meet the following minimum academic standards:

  • Earned a 2.5 high school GPA and a 890 SAT or 16 ACT Score
  • Earned a 2.0 high school GPA and 1030 SAT or 19 ACT Score

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements are still eligible for admission to the Flagship if they achieve minimum scores on the ACCUPLACER examination sub-tests as follows:

  • English Score: 86
  • Mathematics Score: 85
  • Reading Score: 78

First time in college applicants who have been out of school for a significant length of time are encouraged to take and submit their ACCUPLACER scores to UDC to assist the Office with their application review and admissions decision.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are eligible for admission to the Community College as long as they are not currently on academic probation or suspension at a post-secondary institution.

Transfer students are eligible for admission to the Flagship if they meet the following criteria:

  • Earned 24 college credit or more and have an aggregate GPA of 2.0 or higher OR
  • Earned less than 24 college credits and earned a H.S. GPA of 2.5 or higher

Transfer students who are taking college courses during their semester of application such that they will have earned 30 credits and whose aggregate GPA on credits earned to date is 2.0 or higher are admitted to the Flagship. Such students must provide UDC with their final transcripts demonstrating that they have earned an aggregate 2.0 GPA or will not be able to register for Flagship courses and must enroll in the Community College instead.

International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English Proficiency for full admission to either the Community College or the Flagship. For admission to either the Community College or to the Flagship in one of the following ways:

  • Submit a transcript indicating a grade of “C” or better in one college-level English course at an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
    • Students with scores < 450 on the written test or 45 on the Internet test will be denied admission to the Community College
    • Students with scores > 450 on the written test or 45 on the internet test and <= 547 on the written test or 78 on the internet will be accepted into the Community College and to the UDCC ESL program
    • Students who score 550 or above on the written test of 79 or above the Internet test are accepted to the Flagship
  • Submit  International Language Testing System (ILETS) scores
    • Minimum overall band score of 5 for admission to the Community College
    • Minimum overall band score of 6 for admission to the Flagship
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores:
    • Minimum SAT I Critical Reading scores of 500 or ACT-English scores of 16 for admission to UDCCC
    • Minimum SATI Critical reading scores of 600 or ACT-English score of 19 for admission to the Flagship
  • Graduated from an ELS Educational Services English proficiency program with a minimum proficiency score of 109 for admission to the Community College or 112 for admission to a Flagship undergraduate or graduate program

International students who can’t meet UDC’s English proficiency requirements may be eligible for conditional admission through a partnership between UDC and ELD Educational Services. Please visit the International Students Admissions page for more information.

Non-Degree Applicants

UDC encourages students who are interested in continuing their education for personal or professional reasons, but are not interested in seeking a degree from UDC, to apply for admission to UDC as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree seeking FTIC students must graduate from high school, and for the Flagship, earned a 2.0 HS GPA, for admission. Transfer students must be in good academic standing and/or have an aggregate 2.0 College GPA for admission. Please visit for more information on dual enrollment opportunities in the UDC-CC CARE Program.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Please visit the Community College website to view more information on applying for a workforce development program or registering for continuing education courses.

Contact the Admissions Office

Monday – Friday    8:30 A.M – 5 P.M.

Van Ness Campus
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Building 39
Washington, DC 20008

Undergraduate Admissions

First Time in College

Alpha Cluster:  A – I  

Shala Butts:   Telephone: 202.274.5744

Alpha Cluster:  J – R

Idono Gbenro:  Telephone: 202.274.6430  

Alpha Cluster:  S – Z          

Ashley Jones:   Telephone: 202.274.5327  

Re-Admitted/Non-Degree Seekers

Andrea Linthicum: Telephone:

Transfer Students

Sheila McKay:     Telephone:  202.274.6159

High School Visits/Outreach Events/Campus Tours

Omar Harrod, Recruiter:  Telephone:  202.274.5342

Kelita Boyd, Recruiter:  Telephone:  202.274.7284


Graduate / Doctoral Admissions

Akua Jordan Telephone: 202.274.7075