Delaware State University

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School Overview

Delaware State University, sometimes referred to as DSU or Del State, is a public university located in Dover, Delaware. In addition to its main campus in Dover, DSU also has two smaller campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown, Delaware. DUS is a historically black college with roughly 4,200 students and is the second-largest university in the state, behind University of Delaware. The university has a diverse student body which includes both undergraduates and graduates.

School History

Delaware State University was established by the Delaware General Assembly in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. It didn’t start awarding degree until 1898, nearly seven years later. It was awarded provisional accreditation in 1944 and three years later, by way of legislative action, the school’s name was changed to Delaware State College. On July 1, 1993 the Delaware State College became Delaware State University.

General Information

Admission Office

1200 North DuPont Highway

Dover, DE 19901

(302) 857-6351

(800) 845-2544

Fax: (302) 857-6352

Contact: L Germaine Scott-Cheatham

Director of Admissions
Main Address

1200 North DuPont Highway

Dover, DE 19901

(302) 857-6060

Total undergrads: 3,159

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 730

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,159

Graduate enrollment: 375


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 39%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 58%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agriculture – General B
Food Science B
Plant Sciences B
Poultry Science B
Soil Science and Agronomy B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Arts Management B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
Nonprofit Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Data Processing Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Education of Gifted/Talented B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Geotechnical Engineering B
Physics pre-engineering B
Pre-chemical engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology B
Civil Engineering/Technology B
Drafting and Design Technology B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Electromechanical Technologies B
Engineering design B
Industrial Technology B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Consumer Economics B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B
Prenursing B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Historic Preservation/Conservation B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Fishing/Fisheries B
Forestry – General B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B
Natural resources technology B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Fitness promotions B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Forensic Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Science Technologies

Biology Technician B
Chemical lab technology B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Fire Protection/Safety Technology B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Political Science/Government B
Political science business administration B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation B
Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Delaware State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (302) 857-6060
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,768
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 37%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,480 (52% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,258
Out-of-state Tuition: $17,294
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,945

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Delaware State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Delaware State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 421
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 71
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 4
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 2331
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 42
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 16
History 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 211
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 42
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Physical Sciences 532
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 3
Transportation and Materials Moving 2
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 288205

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Delaware State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,258
Out-of-state $17,294
Books and supplies $2,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $5,510
Out-of-state $11,726

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 989 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 947 94% $9,945
Student loan aid 778 77% $6,477

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,268 78% $10,110
Federal student loans 2,784 66% $7,388

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Delaware State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Delaware State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,084 2,896 6,188
Percent admitted 100% 49% 55%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 13% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Delaware State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,768
Undergraduate enrollment 4,315
Graduate enrollment 453

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Delaware State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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