DBU invites applications from qualified students who have graduated, or expect to graduate, from an accredited secondary school. Students who apply as regular first-year enrollees must have graduated from high school or have satisfactorily completed the General Educational Development examination (GED). Students who were educated at home are also invited to apply and are subject to the same qualifications and requirements.

A campus visit is recommended, but not required. DBU hosts President’s Day Patriot Preview, Columbus Day Patriot Preview, and Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Previews to provide information on academic programs, campus life, financial aid, and scholarships, as well as to conduct scholarship interviews and campus tours for prospective students and their parents.