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Delaware State University Overview

Delaware State University is a public institution situated in Dover, Delaware. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Delaware State University Known For?

662 Undergraduate Awards
$24,932 Avg Cost After Aid
45% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Del State.
  • In 2017-2018, 65% of the faculty were full-time.

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Delaware State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Del State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Most Popular Engineering Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Social Work Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Value Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Value Public Health Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Best Value Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Value General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#97 Most Popular Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#127 Best Value Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Delaware State University?

Location of Delaware State University

Contact details for Del State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-857-6060
Website: www.desu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DESUedu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelStateUniv

How Do I Get Into Del State?

You can apply to Del State online at: www.desu.edu/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Del State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Del State?

45% Acceptance Rate
70% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Delaware State University is 45%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 30% of accepted students are men and 70% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 41%, and the acceptance rate for women is 47%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Del State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 420 and 500. Math scores were between 400 and 490.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Delaware State University  ( 420 to 500 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Delaware State University  ( 400 to 490 )
200
800
Del State received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 21. Math scores were between 16 and 21. Composite scores were between 17 and 21.

ACT English Scores for Delaware State University  ( 15 to 21 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Delaware State University  ( 16 to 21 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Delaware State University  ( 17 to 21 )
1
36

Can I Afford Delaware State University?

$24,932 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
13.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Del State is $24,932. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Del State, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,382 a year. That adds up to $29,528 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Del State is 13.6%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Delaware State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,790 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,315 undergraduate students at Del State, with 3,790 being full-time and 525 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Del State

There are also 453 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,790 full-time undergraduates at Del State, 34% are male and 66% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Del State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Delaware State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Del State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 19
Black or African American 2,677
Hispanic or Latino 255
White 311
International Students 272
Other Races/Ethnicities 256

Geographic Diversity

Delaware students aren't the only ones who study at Delaware State University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 36 countries are represented at Del State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Jamaica.

Online Learning at Delaware State University

5 Took All Classes Online
1,449 Took At Least One Class Online
11.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Del State. In 2017-2018, 1,449 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Del State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Delaware for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Del State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Delaware State University was 11.9%. This is the #1,218 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Del State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Del State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 25%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Health Professions 42%
Public Administration 43%
Public Administration & Social Service 4%
Public Health 46%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Del State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Del State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Criminology #16
Social Work #33
Public Health #40
Public Administration #46
Health & Physical Education #51
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #58
General Psychology #72
Social Sciences #86
Psychology #102
Public Administration & Social Service #103
Accounting #108
Business Administration & Management #389
Health Professions #421
Business, Management & Marketing #483

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Delaware State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 86 5 0 91
Communication & Media Studies 77 0 0 77
Social Work 44 33 0 77
Business Administration & Management 50 16 0 66
Criminology 43 0 0 43
General Psychology 42 0 0 42
General Biology 37 0 0 37
General Agriculture 28 2 0 30
Teacher Education Grade Specific 25 0 0 25
Public Health 24 0 0 24
Physics 21 3 0 24
Liberal Arts General Studies 21 0 0 21
Accounting 20 0 0 20
Engineering Physics 17 0 0 17
Political Science & Government 17 0 0 17
Chemistry 13 0 2 15
Educational Administration 0 5 8 13
Nursing 12 0 0 12
General English Literature 10 0 0 10
Air Transportation 10 0 0 10
Computer Science 8 1 0 9
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 8 0 0 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 8 0 8
Fine & Studio Arts 8 0 0 8
Public Administration 0 7 0 7
Textile & Apparel Studies 6 0 0 6
Sociology 6 0 0 6
Hospitality Management 5 0 0 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 5 0 0 5
Mathematics 1 4 0 5
Natural Resource Management 5 0 0 5
Applied Mathematics 0 0 4 4
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 3 0 3
History 3 0 0 3
Arts & Media Management 3 0 0 3
General Education 0 2 0 2
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 2 0 0 2
Design & Applied Arts 2 0 0 2
Other Visual Art 2 0 0 2
Music 1 0 0 1
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0
Marketing 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0
Family & Consumer Economics 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0
Historic Preservation 0 0 0 0
Fisheries Sciences 0 0 0 0
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 662 89 14 765

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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