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Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

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Delaware State University overview
Location Dover, Delaware
Online desu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
Delaware State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Delaware State University, located in Dover, Delaware, represents a historically black public university founded in 1891. Its close proximity to the state capital enriches its environment with a blend of cultural, political, and educational opportunities, though it is roughly a 90-minute drive from the major urban center of Philadelphia. The campus exhibits a mix of modern and historical architecture, providing a backdrop for a diverse academic and social setting. Delaware State offers a range of bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, with particular recognition in fields such as agriculture, natural resources, and the sciences. While the university has a moderately selective admissions process, it maintains a commitment to educational access and opportunity. For those opting to live on campus, Delaware State University provides housing options to accommodate a significant portion of its student body. Regarding athletics, the institution competes in NCAA Division I sports as the Hornets, with notable achievements particularly in basketball and track and field.

In the most recent statistical year 7,109 prospective students applied, and 3,904 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,431 enrolled in the school.  4,740 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,086 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,038 plus fees of $1,320. Delaware State University is ranked 955 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Delaware State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Delaware State University is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Delaware State University overview
SAT 830/1060
ACT 20/24
GPA 3.09

Applications Accepted

Delaware State University overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $35

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Annual Cost to Attend

Delaware Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Delaware State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$1,320
Room and Board $14,108
Budget for Other Expenses$4,440
Total One Year Cost$28,906

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Delaware State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$1,320
Room and Board $14,108
Budget for Other Expenses$4,440
Total One Year Cost$38,828

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$36,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

35% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Delaware State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 15%
Psychology 13%
Communication 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Health Professions 10%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=130934 IPEDS survey data for Delaware State University.

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