Celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding as a land-grant institution in 1891, Delaware State University has progressively grown and evolved into one of the nation’s premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The university’s success can be explained by its undergraduate and graduate academic programs that prepare students for the global marketplace, an ever-expanding portfolio of cutting-edge research pursuits, and a growing global presence.
The academic character of the university has a heavy emphasis in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) area. Several major research centers—including the Delaware Institute for Science and Technology’s Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) and the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research—are based on campus. Students in DSU’s Aviation Program benefit from the university being the only HBCU to have its own fleet of airplanes. Project Propel Empowered by SAP prepares business students with critical skills in demand by companies in the SAP ecosystem. For social work majors, DSU offers the only nationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Delaware.
In addition to its main campus in Dover, DSU also has locations in Georgetown and in Wilmington, where an expanded New Castle presence allows graduate students convenient, flexible master’s degree program options.
Year institution founded: 1891
Number of students currently enrolled: 4,560
Student/faculty ratio: 15:1
Number of undergraduate degrees offered: 42
Number of master’s degrees offered: 16
Number of doctoral degrees offered: 5
Subject matter expertise (majors institution is known for): Wide variety of degrees offered through school’s academic colleges—College of Agriculture and Related Sciences; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Education, Health and Public Policy; and College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology
Distance of institution from Westchester County (miles and/or minutes): Dover campus—75 miles
In-state tuition: $7,532
Out-of-state tuition: $16,138
Percentage of students on financial aid: 81 percent of undergraduates
Top three awards/recognitions: 2015 Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), 1890 University of the Year and recognized for growth in completed agriculture and STEM bachelor’s degrees, as well as undergraduate international students and participation in study abroad programs; Tree Campus USA; celebrating 125th anniversary
Affiliated colleges/satellite campuses: 2 locations—DSU at Wilmington and DSU at Georgetown