The Dean's Scholar Program exists to serve the needs of extraordinary students by allowing them to design, in consultation with faculty advisors, imaginative and rigorous individual plans of study to meet the total credit hours required for graduation. It is expected that the course of study outlined by the Dean's Scholar candidate will represent a program that cannot be effectively achieved using other options already available within the University.
Given the high degree of independent study that will normally accompany a Dean's Scholar program, candidates for this program must present clear evidence before appointment of their ability to pursue such a program successfully. This evidence may include, but is not limited to, excellent grades at the University of Delaware, as well as information from instructors and advisors that indicates extraordinary motivation, insight and ability. As a result, students will generally be selected as Dean's Scholars during their third or fourth semester at the University (ideally, in time to develop their second semester sophomore schedule).
The Dean's Scholar Program is available in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Engineering; Health and Nursing Sciences; and Human Services, Education and Public Policy. Ordinarily, it is difficult, however, for students who are seeking professional certification in fields such as accounting, education, engineering or nursing, among others, to become Dean's Scholars if they intend to graduate within four years.
PLEASE NOTE: The material here refers only to the Dean's Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. For becoming a Dean's Scholar in another college at the University of Delaware, consult the dean of the relevant college.