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What is the Associate In Arts Program?

The University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program allows Delaware students the chance to complete their first two years of college at locations in Georgetown, Dover, and Wilmington.

The AAP is housed on Delaware Tech campuses. However, the program offers only University of Delaware courses – the same courses taught on the Newark campus – taught exclusively by University of Delaware faculty.

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded by the University of Delaware upon completion of the required 60 credits of coursework, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Designed to be completed in two years, the non-residential program begins with a freshman seminar designed to promote academic success, along with coursework in mathematics, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and languages.

The Associate in Arts courses simultaneously fulfill the core requirements for majors leading to the bachelor’s degree. Associate in Arts students enjoy an uninterrupted transition from the associate degree program to a bachelor degree program. Most students relocate to Newark for their junior year to complete their four-year degree.

Is the AAP the same thing as the Parallel Program?

The UD Parallel Program was created in 1966 by the Delaware legislature; it was designed to offer students a university education without the need to immediately relocate to Newark.

In 2005, the UD Parallel Program became the Associate in Arts Program. Unlike the Parallel Program, UDAAP students receive an associate's degree after completing the required 60 credits of coursework. Students then have the option to relocate to Newark to complete their four-year degree. As they are already card-carrying University of Delaware students, they enjoy an uninterrupted transition to the Newark campus in their third year.

Can I transfer to the Newark campus before I complete my associate's degree?

No. AAP students may take courses in Newark during winter and summer sessions but are charged full Newark tuition rates when they do so. However, AAP students may not take Newark courses during fall and spring semesters unless they complete the Associate in Arts degree first. 

Students who intend to graduate in a given term but do not successfully complete their courses will be required to drop any Newark courses they have enrolled in and re-register for courses at their home campus until they earn their associate's degree.

What majors can I pursue as a student in the Associate in Arts Program?

The associate in arts degree is a general degree in the liberal arts and does not have a specific major attached to it. Upon completion of the Associate in Arts degree, students may choose to continue toward a bachelor’s degree in a specific major.

If you know what major you would like to pursue when you relocate to the Newark campus, you should discuss your plans with your academic advisor as soon as possible so you can create an appropriate academic plan. If you don’t know what you would like to major in now, that is OK. Your academic advisor can assist you in choosing courses based on your current interests.

Students who earn the UD Associate in Arts degree are guaranteed the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at the Newark campus, choosing from more than 120 undergraduate majors. Many majors can be completed in just two additional years, while others may require more than two years based on necessary course sequencing. Still other majors are selective and use a competitive admissions process. Associate in Arts Program graduates compete for seats in these majors on an equal footing with students from the Newark campus. Some majors may have course prerequisites for entry, or require a specific GPA, portfolio, or audition.

What requirements do I need to meet in order to keep my SEED Scholarship?

In order to maintain SEED Scholarship eligibility, students must: 

  • ​​​Submit a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year​

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

  • Earn a minimum of 24 credits between the start of fall semester and the end of spring semester​

  • Maintain full-time enrollment status at the Georgetown, Dover, or Wilmington campus during the fall and spring semesters

Students who take summer or winter courses to reach the 24-credit minimum will need to petition Student Financial Services for consideration. ​The recommended filing deadline for the FAFSA is March 1. Students convicted of a felony offense are ineligible for the SEED Scholarship.

Most AAP courses meet on Delaware Tech campuses. Will I be a Delaware Tech student?

​No. The Associate in Arts Program is composed of the same University of Delaware courses that are taught on the Newark campus, and they are taught exclusively by UD professors.

If I’m accepted into the Newark campus, can I choose to enroll at one of the Associate in Arts Program sites instead?

Some Delaware students who are accepted into a four-year bachelor’s degree program in Newark may choose their early courses from those offered by the Associate in Arts Program in Dover, Georgetown or Wilmington, rather than in Newark. Students must realize that in such a case, their course selections will be limited and they may need extra time to complete their degree. Students should make such intentions known as soon as possible, so that they can work with an advisor to map their course selections and develop a timetable for moving to the Newark campus for completion of their degree. In most cases, we recommend that students who are admitted to Newark should enroll there.

If I enroll in the Associate in Arts Program, will I have to stay there for a full two years before moving to the Newark campus?

All students enrolled in the Associate in Arts Program are expected to remain in the program until the completion of all 60 credits (62 credits for ETE students) of the requirements. For most full-time students, completion of the requirements will take two years. Earlier relocation to Newark is not possible — students must complete the entire 60-credit curriculum and earn the Associate in Arts degree to be eligible for relocation to Newark.

I have transfer credits from another school. Can I use these credits toward the Associate in Arts degree?

UD accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions, as long as the courses were completed with grades of C or higher. Up to 29 transfer credits may be applied toward the Associate in Arts degree; however, we prefer that transfer students enter with no more than 12 credits from another institution.

In many cases, the Associate in Arts Program might not be the best choice for a transfer student. The suitability of the Associate in Arts Program for a prospective transfer student will depend on the number of credits already earned, the nature of the courses taken, the student’s intended major, and other factors, including the student’s academic performance at the previous school. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to consult the UD’s Office of Admissions before submitting an application.

After I complete the associate degree, will I have to submit another UD application if I intend to continue in Newark for a bachelor’s degree?

No, it is not necessary for Associate in Arts Program graduates to submit a second application to UD. Students are guaranteed admission to many majors on the Newark campus, and UD staff will assist you in completing the paperwork to enable you to move directly into one of these majors. If you are interested in pursuing a competitive major, our advisors will help you understand the requirements for admission to that major (requirements will vary by major) and assist you in creating a back-up plan, if necessary.

How are students admitted to the AAP?

Prospective students apply for admission to the Associate in Arts Program through the UD Office of Admissions using the regular freshman application. There is a question on the application supplement which allows applicants to specify that they are applying for the Associate in Arts Program.

Students who apply after January 15 will be considered on a “space available” basis. Applicants must demonstrate scholastic aptitude, motivation for academic achievement, and adequate preparation for degree completion. All Delawareans who demonstrate the capacity to succeed will be admitted to the UDAAP.

Applicants must be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have equivalent credentials and must have completed coursework at the high school level appropriate for continued academic achievement and learning. A complete list of expected high school courses is listed on the Freshman Application for Undergraduate Admission.

All Delawareans who apply to a four-year program at the University of Delaware but are not admitted to that program will automatically be considered for and may be offered admission to the Associate in Arts Program instead.

Students must have no more than 29 credits in the liberal arts to be eligible to apply to the Associate in Arts Program.

Does the AAP offer a Connected Degree program?

​Yes. A Connected Degree is a transfer agreement between Delaware Technical & Community College and the University of Delaware that allows you to graduate in a specific major with an Associate in Technology degree from Delaware Tech, then transfer to the University of Delaware as a junior in the corresponding major. See DTCC's Connected Degree page for a complete list of programs.

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