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Freshmen Admission Requirements

Dillard University admits applicants who possess high standards of scholarship, serious and realistic educational goals, potential for service and leadership, and the personal characteristics of honesty, loyalty and self-respect. The university does not make any distinction as to religion, race, or gender in the admission of its students.



Application fee of $40.00 (Fee Waivers are accepted)

*NACAC, College Board, Financial Hardship Letter, Free/Reduced Lunch Letter are accepted application fee waivers


Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 unweighted scale


18 ACT composite score or 960 SAT (math and evidence based reading and writing)

*Students who elect not to submit their ACT/SAT scores, must have at least a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of a 3.0 to be considered for acceptance under our Test Optional Policy.



*If a first year applicant does not meet the above mentioned requirements, they must also submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement (3-5 paragraph essay outlining your future aspirations) for further consideration.


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We accept the following application types:

Bleu Pride (EAB) Application

Common Application

Common Black College Application



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The completed application should be returned to the admissions office before June 1 for Fall semester enrollment of that calendar year, or December 1 for Spring semester enrollment in the following calendar year. Under certain circumstances, later applications will be considered. An application fee should accompany the application for admission.


First-Year Students (entering directly from high school or enrolling in college for the first time)


All first year applicants must submit an official transcript from a secondary school for review to the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming. A final high school transcript indicating a graduation date (i.e. May 25, 20xx) must be sent to the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming prior to the start of New Student Orientation (SOAR). Satisfactory completion of the following coursework is highly recommend: 


            •       English 4 Units
          •       Mathematics 3 Units (to include Algebra I, II, and Geometry)
          •       Natural Sciences 3 Units (including laboratory components)
          •       Social Studies 3 Units
          •       Academic Electives 6 Units (World Language desired but not required)


First-year applicants for admission under the age of 23 are highly recommended to submit scores from a standardized entrance examination to support the academic information supplied by the secondary school. Dillard accepts scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT). Standardized test scores are not only used for admission into Dillard University, but also used for scholarship awarding and academic course placement. 



GED Applicants


Those students with a General Education Diploma (GED) must submit test scores. A minimum score of 450 is required.


Advanced Placement Credit


The results of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examination subject areas must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming prior to enrollment for course credit consideration.


Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Credit


Applicants who have participated in “concurrent/dual enrollment” programs while in high school may transfer credit hours to Dillard. A grade of “C” or above is acceptable for transfer consideration. An official transcript from the college or university must be sent to the Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Programming prior to enrollment for course credit consideration. Developmental courses are non-transferrable for course credit, but are counted for course placement. 


For information regarding our institutional scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships site. To see a list of our academic majors, please click here




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