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Senior Year of High School - How to Prepare for College


  1. The best way to find out if a college is right for you is to visit. Make a list of the top schools you want to visit.
  2. Next step — visit campus! You can schedule an in person or virtual personalized visit any weekday by visiting Or you can attend one of our weekly virtual information sessions. 
  3. Take standardized tests, and send your scores to UD! Our ACT school code is 04234. Our SAT code is 6868. UD is now test optional for students entering in the fall of 2021; whether you take a standardized test or not, you will be considered for merit-based scholarships. 


  1. Make sure you have your recommendation letters ready and have thought out your essay before you apply.
  2. Apply for admission. UD, like many other schools, uses the Common Application.
  3. Attend college fairs! Whether online or in person, attending college fairs is a great way to get to know a school. Visit to learn more about upcoming events. 
  4. Fill out the FAFSA form beginning Oct. 1, 2020, with 2018 tax information.


  1. Make sure you request for your high school to send us your fall transcript.
  2. Apply for outside scholarships at
  3. Use UD’s own scholarship calculator to determine how much financial aid will likely be awarded to you based on your financial and academic information.


  1. Evaluate your financial aid package.
  2. Visit again! In the spring, UD hosts two Meet Us at the Tower open houses — each a two-day event exclusively for admitted students. This gives you one last chance to get a feel for campus life and chat with your potential fellow classmates.
  3. Make your final choice and submit your enrollment decision by May 1.



You Can Do What with a (Spanish) Degree?

His first step was to enroll in physician’s assistant school at Baylor’s College of Medicine, a career trajectory to which he had aspired since his early childhood. Nowadays, Jonathan Cunningham, BA ’17, is dedicated to the vocational pursuit of comfort and healing at MD Anderson in Houston, among the largest cancer treatment centers in the U.S., where he was once a chemotherapy patient himself.

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History Alumnus Heads National Catholic Bioethics Center

During his Rome semester in 1991, Joseph Meaney, BA '93, with his friends (now Father) Kevin Cook, BA '94, and (now Texas State Representative and UD Trustee) Tan Parker, BA '93, attended a private Mass with Pope St. John Paul II. Several weeks earlier, they had hand-delivered a letter to the Swiss Guards outside St. Peter's requesting the Mass and including their contact information; at last, they'd received the phone call instructing them to be at the Bronze Gates at 5 a.m.

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