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Delaware State University (also referred to as DSU, DESU, or Del State), is an American historically black, public university located in Dover, Delaware. DSU also has two satellite campuses located in Wilmington, Delaware, and Georgetown, Delaware & is the second-largest university in the state. It’s nickname is the Hornet and the University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Their colors are Cherry red and Columbia blue and their motto is Making our mark on the world” and “Go forth and serve.


1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 857-6060
Website: www.desu.edu
Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
Campus setting:
City: Small
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 3,757 (3,372 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12 to 1


DSU history
  • The State College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established May 15, 1891 by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890.
  • It first awarded degrees in 1898.
  • In 1944, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education awarded the college provisional accreditation.
  • In 1947, the name of the institution was changed to “Delaware State College” by legislative action.
  • Since 1957, the University has grown in stature as a center for teaching, research, and public service.
  • On July 1, 1993, the institution changed its name to Delaware State University.
  • As of the fall 2007, the University’s student enrollment has grown to 3,756 students.


The 400-acre (1.6 km2) main campus in the historic city Dover, the capital of Delaware, is an approximate two-hour motor drive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City, New York. There are satellite campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown.

Our Students

  • Total Enrollment: 4,178
  • 90% Full-Time
  • 10% Part-Time
  • 55% Live on campus
  • 45% Commute
  • 51% In-State
  • 49% Out-of-State


  • 198 faculty members within
  • 21 academic departments
  • 174 faculty members possess a PhD or a terminal degree (Terminal Master’s of Flight Captain)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1


  • 52 undergraduate degree programs, 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral degree programs
  • Most Popular Majors by Degree Awarded:
    • Business Administration
    • Psychology
    • Mass Communications
    • Criminal Justice & Sociology
    • Sport Management
    • Social Work
    • Biological Sciences
    • Nursing
    • Education Programs


  • Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), as well as by seven specialized academic accrediting agencies.
  • William C. Jason Library includes a collection of 314,133 printed volumes and a total holding of more than 475,033 publication.
  • The university has over thirty formal international partnerships with institutions in countries including China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland and the UK which facilitate research and conference collaborations as well as student exchanges.


  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSU 46th in the “Top Public Regional Universities (North)” category and 136th in the “Regional Universities (North)” category in its 2012 edition of “America's Best Colleges Guide”.
  • DSU is placed 132nd (out of 553 U.S. institutions) in the Washington Monthly's 2011 master’s universities rankings.
  • The College of Business at DSU is one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to the Princeton Review.

Sources: Delaware State University

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