MYTH #1: It’s impossible to gain entry into the University of Delaware DPT Program if you are a resident of the State of Delaware or a University of Delaware undergraduate.

TRUTH: Our admissions process purposely includes a mechanism for increased consideration of Delaware residents as well as University of Delaware undergraduates. Admission into our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is certainly highly competitive and our admissions committee expends significant effort ensuring admitted students are a match for the program. Comparing Delaware to non-Delaware residents, the acceptance rate for Delaware residents has averaged 37 percent over the past three years compared to an acceptance rate of 8 percent for non-Delaware residents in the same time period.


MYTH #2: UDPT has a quota of seats reserved for UD undergrads. Once those seats are filled, no other UD undergrads will be accepted as the remaining seats will be available to applicants from other institutions.

TRUTH: UDPT does not reserve a specific number of seats for UD undergraduates. Instead, all qualified applicants are considered. UD undergraduates do, however, receive some additional application benefits compared to external applicants, namely opportunities to serve as physical therapist aids in our clinics and research labs, as well as a ranking enhancement for earning an undergraduate degree at UD.

MYTH #3: The University of Delaware DPT Program only accepts students with a GPA above 3.70.

TRUTH: When making admissions decisions, UDPT takes multiple criteria into consideration, not just undergraduate cumulative GPA. While it is true that GPA (undergraduate cumulative and science pre-requisite) and GRE (verbal and quantitative) rankings help inform who will receive an offer to interview, the admissions committee is careful to consider how extenuating circumstances and the unique backgrounds of students may have influenced academic rank. While our average cumulative GPA hovers around a 3.70, the range may be anywhere between 3.27-4.00. In most situations, to be competitive for an interview, applicants will want admission criteria to balance out; meaning, if the applicant’s cumulative GPA is lower than our mean, it would be of benefit to achieve GRE scores and a science-prerequisite GPA at or above our mean.

MYTH #4: Don’t bother applying to PT school if you have under a 3.00 undergraduate cumulative GPA.

TRUTH: Not all PT schools have the same admissions process or utilize the same criteria for admission. Some institutions utilize an “overall” GPA instead of an undergraduate cumulative GPA. This means that all college coursework (e.g. undergraduate and post-baccalaureate courses) will be taken into consideration. Further, the weight placed upon GPA varies among institutions and may be counterbalanced by glowing letters of recommendation and a quality essay. We suggest you speak directly with all programs of interest to better learn about their admissions criteria and ways you might strengthen your application.

MYTH #5: When calculating the science pre-requisite GPA, UDPT averages grades earned on retaken science classes with grades earned during the first administration.

TRUTH: UDPT does not average grades for science courses that are retaken to fulfill our pre-requisite requirements. Instead, UDPT will fully replace grades in the science pre-requisite GPA calculation if required science classes are retaken and higher grades are earned.

MYTH #6: Taking pre-requisites at a local community college will have a negative impact on your application to UDPT.

TRUTH: UDPT accepts community college credits. Course credit earned at a community college will not negatively impact an admissions decision. Likewise, lower scores earned in a challenging major at a rigorous four-year university will also be given special consideration by the admissions committee.

MYTH #7: Applicants to UDPT must have a degree in a “pre-physical therapy” program such as exercise science, kinesiology, athletic training, etc.

TRUTH: UDPT welcomes applicants from diverse majors in all degree programs. We believe our classroom, and ultimately the profession of physical therapy, is enriched by including students of varied personal and academic backgrounds.

MYTH #8: Don’t take the GRE more than two times or it could hurt your application.

TRUTH: There is no limit to the number of times you should take the GREs. UDPT will utilize your highest verbal and highest quantitative GRE score from whatever test it occurs on, even if on different testing dates. We encourage students to retake the GREs as often as necessary to obtain a competitive score. In fact, we view favorably students who repeat the GREs, as it signifies true desire to overcome admissions-related challenges.

MYTH #9: UDPT does not accept AP credit for prerequisite classes.

TRUTH: UDPT accepts AP credit for all prerequisite classes so long as the applicant has received credit for those courses at their undergraduate institution of study.

MYTH #10: Students at UD rarely engage with the faculty. Instead, most instruction is provided by teaching assistants.

TRUTH: At UDPT, students receive direct instruction from world renowned physical therapist researchers and clinicians. One of the greatest strengths of UDPT, and something we are very proud of, is that our students interact with our esteemed faculty in the classroom, laboratory, and clinic. We believe the instructional and future networking opportunities provided by these interactions is of tremendous benefit to our students.


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