Delaware State University

Delaware State University

Delaware State University, commonly known as Del State or DESU, was established in May, 1891. It is a public university situated in Dover, Delaware, United States. In addition to the main campus, Del State offers classes in two satellite campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown, Delaware. It is the second-largest university in the state. The university currently enrolls more than 4,000 students every year. It offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in diverse areas of study. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 400 acres. The university comprises of the following academic divisions:

  • College of Agriculture and Related Sciences
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Public Policy
  • College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology

Delaware State University's athletic department participates in the NCAA's Division I for football. Their sports teams are popularly known as the Hornets. The Hornets compete in several sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, wrestling, track and field, volleyball, bowling, and soccer.

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Delaware State University
1200 N. Dupont Highway
Dover , DE 19901
General Phone: (302) 857-6060

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Delaware State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management120business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, management science, marketing
Family and Social Work81consumer economics, food and nutrition, social work
Education and Teaching49education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, special education, adult education, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling47psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy46sports and fitness management
Media38mass communication, journalism, broadcast journalism, radio and television, public relations, communication and journalism
Science37biology, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics, physics courses
Security and Law Enforcement35criminology
Liberal Arts33French language, Spanish language, English composition, historic preservation and conservation, political science, sociology, history, American history, history courses ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine29registered nursing, community nurse, various nursing
Medicine27neuroscience, pre-veterinary, public health
Conservation and Resource Management12environmental science, natural resources management, natural resources policy, fisheries sciences, wildlife management
Agricultural Science and Management9agriculture, agricultural management
Transportation8aviation tech, aviation operations
Mathematics7mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Hospitality5hospitality management
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science, information science, computer science
Fine Arts4fine arts
Construction Trades2apparel and textiles
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech
Animal Science and Care0animal science
Art Studies0art studies, arts management
Engineering0civil engineering
Landscaping and Horticulture0plant sciences

Number of programs and degrees for Delaware State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree45576
Master's degree13922
Doctor's degree42

Delaware State Student Body

Delaware State is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Delaware State had a total enrollment of 3,756 students (2,818 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 14%
Black 72%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 33%
20-21 27%
22-24 15%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey20%
New York14%
Washington, DC8%
(International Students)1%

Delaware State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 40 %

Delaware State Room and Board (2007)

Delaware State offers campus housing for 2,276 of its 2,818 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Dover, Delaware for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Delaware Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Delaware State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390470
SAT Math390480
SAT Writing380470
ACT Verbal1420
ACT Math1518
ACT Composite1520

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT13%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Delaware State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,481
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,742
Room and board $ 10,560
Room charge $ 5,936
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,176
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 1,600

Financial Aid:
Delaware State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 142800)

Delaware State Faculty

Delaware State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4936
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1612

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year11$100,5671*
Associate professorcalendar year11$75,47811$71,864
Assistant professorcalendar year8$57,9466$55,737
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year31$78,67918$67,687

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year22$78,0965$86,493
Associate professoracademic year36$67,35927$62,597
Assistant professoracademic year23$62,24024$58,708
Instructoracademic year3$49,1143$45,601
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year84$68,11860$61,786

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Delaware State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Baseball Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Track Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports134861

Delaware State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General

Family And Social Work
Consumer Economics
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Plant Sciences, General

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
English Composition
French Language and Literature
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
History, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Pre-Veterinary Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Delaware State Apart:

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% of degrees in family and social work
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% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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% students on athletic fin. aid
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Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 14%Delaware State Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Minority % of student body
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Number of degree programs
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% of degrees in media
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 16%Delaware State % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in conservation and resource management
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Top 17%Delaware State % of degrees in conservation and resource management
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Top 18%Delaware State % of degrees in mathematics
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 19%Delaware State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 19%Delaware State Number of students

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