Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 857-6060
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Delaware State University (DSU) was established in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. It initially offered just five bachelor’s programs but has grown today to offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. DSU is a small public school with an enrollment of about 4,000 students located in Wilmington. It offers students a personal learning experience with a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. DSU prides itself in its No. 13 ranking on U.S. News & World Report‘s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ranking list.

Programs Offered

DSU offers more than 80 academic programs through its five colleges. More specifically, it offers the option of 52 bachelor’s degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and five doctorates. DSU offers several distance learning options to students, including web-enhanced, blended, and fully online courses. Upon enrolling in a DSU distance course, students are admitted into DSU’s Blackboard suite. Through Blackboard, students attend class, submit assignments, access course materials, and communicate with their peers and professors.


In 1945 Delaware State University became a Middle States Commission of Higher Education accredited postsecondary institution. Since that time, it has been granted reaccreditation every 10 years after its periodic review.


Students applying for undergraduate admission at DSU are required to submit an online or paper application and a $35 application fee. Additionally, prospective DSU undergraduates must submit sealed and official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Deadlines for the fall and spring semesters are Feb. 1 and Nov. 30, respectively. Prospective graduate students should also submit an application and $40 application fee. Standardized test scores are a requirement, though they depend on the program for which one applies; common tests required include the GRE, GMAT, and MAT. Additionally, they must prove they completed a bachelor’s program. Deadlines for the fall, spring, and summer semesters are June 30, Nov. 30, and April 30, respectively.


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