For Accepted Students

Welcome to DCAD's Class of 2016!

Congratulations! You are part of a select group of student artists and designers. The next two years are likely to be filled with a wealth of excitement, and we look forward to you joining us for this next chapter! The anticipation of beginning college brings many questions, concerns, and decisions to make. DCAD's Admissions, Student Services, and Financial Aid staff members are here to help you every step of the way. 


What's Next?

It is important that you submit your tuition deposit to DCAD within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance packet to ensure enrollment for the fall semester, which begins August 25, 2014.  If living on campus, your housing deposit is also required to reserve your space in DCAD’s residence halls.

Placement Tests and Optional Summer Intensive Academic Studies:  
Upon confirming your enrollment to DCAD, you’ll receive information about Placement Testing, administered by DCAD.  The Placement Test is used as an assessment tool to provide us with your core competency overview and assist to determine academic classes you will register for as an incoming student. For your first semester at DCAD, you will either register for Introduction to Academic Studies or Writing and Literature I and Art History I. All students are required to take Placement Tests.  Students will be given four testing dates to choose from and will only need to register for one. The Placement Test used is Accuplacer, coordinated through the CollegeBoard organization. For sample questions, click here, and feel free to download the iPhone app. If you place into Introduction to Academic Studies, you have the option to take this class during a summer preparatory program called Summer Intensive.  For more information, please refer to: Summer Intensive Academic Studies.

To officially become a DCAD student:
Complete the required forms and deposits online:

Enrollment Agreement and Deposit Form    

Meal Plan ContractRoommate Questionnaire

Please complete and return the Enrollment Agreement Form along with a required $200 non-refundable* tuition deposit as soon as possible, and no later than May 1, 2014. In addition, students planning to live on-campus may reserve space in DCAD student housing with a $350 deposit. If you are planning to live on-campus, please also complete and return the Roommate Questionnaire and Meal Plan Contract.   

Regardless if you are a resident or commuter, all students must complete a Meal Plan Contract.  If you reside on campus, you are required to partake in DCAD’s Platinum 19 Meal Plan option.  Commuter students may elect to enroll in a meal plan. Learn more about DCAD’s dining services.

*Should you withdraw your enrollment to DCAD prior to May 1, your tuition and housing deposits will be refunded. 

If you prefer returning the required forms and deposits by mail, materials are enclosed in your Accepted Student Packet or may be downloaded as follows:

Enrollment Agreement and Deposit Form
Roommate Questionnaire
Meal Plan Contract
 Credit Card Authorization Form

For more information, review our Admissions FAQs. Contact the Admissions Office at 302.622.8000 or email

Meet the Admissions Team
The Admissions team serves as the gateway to DCAD.  Each member is happy to help you with the transition from accepted student to enrolled student. Contact us with questions you may have about scheduling a campus visit or an overnight stay, sitting in on a class, changing your major, housing, financial aid, billing, and any general questions you may have, and we will forward you to the appropriate DCAD department.

Elizabeth Gatti
Director of Admissions
International Student Advisor

Liz has more than 15 years of admissions and student services experience working with students and parents through the admissions process. She earned her BFA in Metals from the University of Delaware with a concentration in Art History (Asian) and a French language emphasis and will a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs from West Chester University.  At DCAD, she assists students with transfer credit procedures and serves as the advisor for international students.

Bethany Roberts
Assistant Director of Admissions
Students with last names beginning with M – Z

Bethany was born and raised in Delaware and graduated from DCAD with her degree in Interior Design in 2009.  She contributes to the DCAD Twitter feed @d_c_a_d_ and manages the Facebook pages for each class.  She has been working in Admissions for more than five years helping students develop their portfolios and successfully prepare their college application.  Contact Bethany if your last name starts with M-Z.

Brad LaMere
Admissions Counselor
Students with last names beginning with A – L

Brad is an interdisciplinary artist who exhibits nationally and internationally. He earned his BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Brad is a dedicated arts educator who believes strongly in DCAD’s mission to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a healthy and productive art environment while providing them with a strong foundation in art and design. In January 2012, he was the featured artist in Saatchi Magazine. Contact Brad if your last name starts with A – L.

Gerry Deery
Admissions Administrative Assistant
General admissions questions

Gerry Deery earned his BA in English from the University of Delaware in 2009.  He has worked at DCAD for three years, initially as a member of the Student Services team serving as the Housing Coordinator.  Now working in Admissions, Gerry has embraced the unique and specialized education that is available to students at DCAD.  Typically when you contact the Admissions Office, he will be the one answering your call.

New Student Orientation
Save the dates!  New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 21 – August 24, 2014.  Classes begin Monday, August 25, 2014.  Orientation is mandatory for all new students. More information will be provided to you this spring.

Financial Aid Help

First, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and from there, the DCAD Financial Aid Office can create and send Financial Aid Award Packages. Please note, international students are not eligible for federal-based aid. Financial Aid Award Packages are sent within two weeks to three weeks after all documents and the FAFSA have been completed. If you have not filed a FAFSA, get started at DCAD's School Code is 041398.

To get an estimate of what the package could look like, use DCAD's Net Price Calculator. Sample packages are also available to help you better visualize different combinations of aid.  If you have questions or concerns regarding financial aid matters, call the Financial Aid Office at 302.622.8867 ext. 105 for Financial Aid Counselor, Ruth Graham-Hayes or ext. 122 for Director of Financial Aid, Stephen Ampersand or email  

Complete forms for Financial Aid

Get to know DCAD better
To get an idea of what's currently going on around campus, check out our Library's blogDCAD's Facebook page or our News page. Take a look at our Degree Programs. Check out our amazing residence halls and see what Wilmington has to offer.