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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 includes:

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

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

For full details, please refer to the UDC admissions standards and application requirements.

Admissions Standards for Transfer Students

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

For full details, please refer to the UDC admissions standards and application requirements.

Admissions Process

There are slight variations in the admissions process for first-time students and for transfer students. In general, UDC requires students to:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Pay a non-refundable application fee ($35 for U.S. undergraduate students).
  3. Submit high school transcripts or copy of GED diploma and test scores (or equivalent).
  4. Submit official SAT or ACT test scores (if applying to UDC's Flagship University) or submit official transcripts from other colleges or universities attended.

For full details, please review these step-by-step guides for first-time student admissions or transfer student admissions.

Admissions Deadlines

Application Priority DeadlinesUS ApplicantsInternational Applicants
FallMay 15April 15
SpringOctober 15September 15
Summer
(No Graduate Admissions)
April 15March 15

View complete information on Admission Deadlines.

Tuition and Fees

To demonstrate UDC's affordability, we've collected estimated tuition and college-related costs into charts for:

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.

College Cost Calculator

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.

Financial Aid Eligibility

The following kinds of students are not eligible for financial aid at UDC:

Otherwise, UDC encourages all families to apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid Process

Before families begin the financial aid application process, have them review these required steps:

  1. Make sure a student is eligible for financial aid.
  2. Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov.
  3. 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.
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  5. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) when it arrives
  6. Review your Financial Aid Letter.
  7. Provide any additional documents requested.

You can review the complete step-by-step financial aid instructions.

Financial Aid Deadlines

May 15 – new studentsFAFSA Priority Submission Date
June 15 – new studentsFinancial Aid Supporting Documents Deadline

Majors and Options

Students can choose from more than 75 majors at UDC's Flagship University or Community College. Check out these fully accredited academic majors in many career fields, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Technology

Or browse the full list of available majors at UDC.

Campus Location and Safety

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.

View the campus map and get directions to UDC.

On-Campus Student Housing

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
  • ATM
  • Steps to Van Ness/UDC Metro stop
  • Underground walk way to grocery shopping

The apartments have the following furnishings:

  • Bed – extra long twin size
  • Dresser
  • Desk and chair
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher

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.

Off-Campus Housing Options

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.

Questions?

UDC Office of Recruitment and Admissions
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC 20008

Email:              UDCadmissions@udc.edu
FAQ:               Frequently Asked Questions
Phone:             202.274.6110