Delaware State University

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1200 N. Dupont Highway

Dover, DE 19901

Phone: (302) 857-6060
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (North)

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Delaware State University is a public institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,877, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Delaware State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,336 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,692 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1891 as a land-grant educational institution, Delaware State University has a long and proud history that has led to its distinction as one of America's top HBCUs. Consistently increasing and record enrollment, unique academic opportunities, faculty-driven cutting-edge research, a growing global presence and investment in its facilities all contribute to DSU's success. Among its 52 undergraduate degree, 25 graduate degree and 5 doctoral programs, DSU offers many unique majors such as aviation, forensic biology, hospitality & tourism management and movement science for undergraduates, and historic preservation, applied chemistry, neuroscience and optics for graduate students. DSU is the only HBCU to have its own fleet of airplanes in its aviation program. With a focus on STEM and the University's pursuit of cutting-edge research and technology, DSU has become an active member of the scientific, solution-seeking community. The University currently has research being fielded in the areas of applied optics, biotechnology, chemistry, mathematics, natural resources, social work and more. Optics Program researchers are contributing technological expertise to NASA's Curiosity Rover Mission to Mars and will benefit in coming years from the construction of a planned state-of-the-art optics research facility. Neuroscience research recently got a boost from a $10.5 million grant funding the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research on campus. DSU faculty members' years of professional experience and the fact that 94% hold doctoral or terminal degrees combine to provide students with real-life education and hands-on learning. In recent years, the University has significantly increased its global presence through a number of agreements, including several with Chinese institutions of higher education. In addition to Asia, partnerships exist with institutions in countries located in Africa, Europe and Latin America. DSU has also made significant enhancements to campus life in recent years with the completion of a $51.5 million student complex that includes a Strength and Conditioning Facility, a Wellness & Recreation Center, a swimming pool and a three-story Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center. The University offers 18 intercollegiate athletics programs at the NCAA Division I level. DSU has received national accolades for its Go Green efforts, including Second Nature's Climate Leadership Award from the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2011; the University is also the only HBCU participant in President Barack Obama's Better Buildings Challenge. Empowering students to become the next generation of scientists, communicators, business professionals and public servants, Delaware State University is the first major reason for their success.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $17,444,927


When applying to Delaware State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Delaware State University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 41.7 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 41.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Delaware State University is 15:1, and the school has 54.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Delaware State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Psychology 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%

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Student Life

Delaware State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,877, with a gender distribution of 37.1 percent male students and 62.9 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. Delaware State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,324
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Delaware State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Delaware State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Delaware State University, 33 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Delaware State University.

Students who have cars on campus 33%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Delaware State University, 83.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,985.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,336 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,692 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,708 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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