Delaware State University

Delaware State University

1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901


  • College Type: 4-year, Public
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Total Student Population: 5,200
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
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Delaware State University (DSU) is a public, historically black university located in Dover, Delaware. Founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, it was renamed Delaware State College in 1947 and became Delaware State University in 1993.

Delaware State University offers over 60 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs across its four colleges: the College of Agriculture, Science and Technology; the College of Business; the College of Education, Health and Public Policy; and the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. The university also offers several online degree programs in areas such as nursing, social work, and business.

DSU has a strong focus on research and innovation, and is classified as a Carnegie Master’s University with a focus on high research activity. The university has several research centers and institutes, including the Center for Neutron Science, the Optical Science Center for Applied Research, and the Delaware Institute for Science and Technology. Students and faculty members have opportunities to conduct research in areas such as agriculture, health sciences, and cybersecurity.

Delaware State University is a close-knit community that offers a range of extracurricular activities and organizations for students to get involved in. The university has over 100 clubs and organizations, including academic clubs, Greek organizations, and special interest groups. Students can also participate in intramural sports, attend campus events and concerts, or join one of the many volunteer organizations.

Delaware State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The university offers 18 varsity sports, including basketball, football, and track and field. DSU has a strong athletic tradition, with numerous conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances.

Delaware State University’s 400-acre campus is located in Dover, the capital of Delaware. The campus features modern academic buildings, residence halls, and recreational facilities, including a fitness center and a sports complex.

In conclusion, Delaware State University is an excellent choice for students seeking a well-rounded education in a supportive community.

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment:5,200
Undergraduate enrollment:4,399
Percent of Undergraduate enrollment
   by gender
   by race/ethnicity
      American Indian or Alaskan Native:0.1%
      Black or African American:70.2%
      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander:0.0%
      Two or more races:6.2%
      Race/ethnicity unknown:1.9%
      Non-resident alien:0.4%

Degrees Offered

  • Less than one year certificate
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctor’s degree-research/scholarship

Majors Offered

  • Accounting
  • Africana Studies
  • Agriculture: Agri-Business
  • Agriculture: Agriscience Education
  • Agriculture: Animal & Poultry Science
  • Agriculture: Animal Science
  • Agriculture: Equine Business Management
  • Agriculture: General Agriculture
  • Agriculture: Plant Science
  • Agriculture: Plant Science: Agronomy
  • Agriculture: Plant Science: Horticulture
  • Agriculture: Pre-Veterinary Science
  • Applied Chemistry, M.S.
  • Applied Chemistry, Ph.D.
  • Applied Optics, MS
  • Art Education
  • Aviation: Aviation Management
  • Aviation: Professional Pilot
  • Biochemistry (Health Professions)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics
  • Biological Sciences: General Biology
  • Biological Sciences: Health Professions
  • Biological Sciences: Research Professions
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration: Business Analytics
  • Business Administration: CPA
  • Business Administration: Finance
  • Business Administration: Information Systems
  • Business Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy
  • Coaching Management
  • Computer Science, B.S.
  • Computer Science, M.S.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dual-Title MA TESOL/Bilingual Education and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Early Childhood Education (Birth-2)
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Leadership: Higher Education
  • Educational Leadership: K-12
  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Engineering Physics: Bioengineering
  • Engineering Physics: Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics: Optical Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Equitable Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
  • Finance: Finance and Banking
  • Finance: Financial Economics
  • Financial Planning
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences: Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences: Food Science
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences: Nutritional Science
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences: Pre-Allied Health Sciences
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences: Pre-Medicine and Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Food Science and Biotechnology: Biotechnology
  • Food Science and Biotechnology: Food Chemistry
  • Food Science and Biotechnology: Food Microbiology
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • History
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management: Casino Management
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Studies
  • Integrative Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
  • International Studies
  • Justice Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Law Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management: Business Analytics
  • Management: General Management
  • Management: Human Resource Management
  • Management: Management Information Systems/ERP
  • Management: Marketing
  • Mass Communication: Convergence Journalism
  • Mass Communication: Digital Media Production
  • Mass Communication: Public Relations & Advertising
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematics, Applied
  • Mathematics, Pure
  • Mathematics: Data Analytics
  • Middle Level Education (6-8)
  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Music
  • Music Education: Instrumental
  • Music Education: Vocal
  • Music Industry
  • Music Therapy
  • Music: Instrumental
  • Music: Vocal
  • Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources: Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources: Fisheries Management
  • Natural Resources: Wildlife Management
  • Neuroscience
  • New Media in Arts
  • Nursing
  • Nursing, MSN: Global Leadership
  • Nursing, MSN: Nursing Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optics
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics, BS
  • Physics, MS
  • Political Science
  • Psychology, BS
  • Psychology, MS
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • RN to MSN Program
  • Social Work, B.S.W.
  • Social Work, M.S.W.
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Administration
  • Sport Management
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching
  • TELL (Teacher of English Language Learners/Bilingual Education)
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Bilingual Education)
  • Textiles and Apparel Studies
  • Textiles and Apparel Studies: Fashion Design
  • Textiles and Apparel Studies: Fashion Merchandising
  • Theatre Arts
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Writing


 Academic year prices for full-time, first-time undergraduate students2021-222020-212019-20
    Tuition & fees
      In-state$8,358 $8,358 $8,258 
      Out-of-state$18,280 $18,280 $17,294 
    Books and supplies$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 
      Room and board$13,068 $13,068 $11,984 
      Other expenses$2,450 $2,450 $2,450 
      Room and board$13,578 $14,578 $13,494 
      Other expenses$5,888 $5,888 $5,888 
    Off-campus with family
      Other expenses$5,888 $5,888 $5,888