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Graduation Requirements


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Courses and Credits The minimum number of semester hours required for graduation is one hundred and twenty (120). This number varies with many of the major programs. Candidates must satisfactorily complete the requirements of the major study area in which they are enrolled to be eligible for graduation.    A candidate for the baccalaureate degree must complete the last thirty (30) semester hours of credits at Delaware State University. However, a student may enroll in six to eight (6-8) hours of courses at another institution upon approval of the department chairperson and the academic dean.   Students who transfer from other institutions must earn a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours at Delaware State University. Degree Audits All degree audits must be done through your academic advisor and sent to the Records & Registration Office by the published deadlines. Grades and Grade Point Averages (GPA) To qualify for graduation, the following grades and grade point averages must be earned by the candidate: A minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 (“C”) A minimum grade of 2.00 ("C") in each course in a field of specialization A minimum of 2.00 (“C”) GPA for the last thirty (30) semester hours of work at the University No student may graduate with any incomplete (“I”) or “In Progress” grades on his/her transcript Double Degrees A student can be awarded two (2) degrees at the same time only if the degrees are different (e.g., Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees). If a student is pursuing two (2) fields of study for which the same degree is awarded, then only one (1) diploma will be granted, but both fields of study will be listed on the diploma. To be eligible for a second degree: 1) course work must be taken in two fields of study and 2) the student must satisfy the curriculum requirements of both departments. A student returning to Delaware State University for a second degree or major must officially declare a major in the second area and need only satisfy the additional requirements for the second major in order for the second baccalaureate degree to be conferred. Diplomas are ordered by degree. One diploma will be ordered for each degree earned and will not be issued to a candidate who has not satisfied all financial obligations to the institution, including loan programs administered by the University. Graduation with Honors Honors are awarded to graduation candidates who have attended the University for at least three years (90 semester hours) and have met the following criteria: SUMMA CUM LAUDE for a scholastic average of 3.75 or above MAGNA CUM LAUDE for a scholastic average of 3.50 to 3.74 CUM LAUDE for a scholastic average of 3.25 to 3.49 HONORABLE MENTION for transfer students (Honorable mention is awarded to transfer students if they complete the last two years of academic work toward graduation (60 semester hours) at Delaware State University with a minimum GPA of 3.50.) Application for Graduation All prospective graduates should have filed an application for graduation in the Office of Registration and Records by October 15 for December and by February 3 for May. There is no guarantee that diplomas or regalia will be available for the graduation exercise for those students who apply after the deadline. Students who have met degree requirements are eligible for graduation at the close of any semester. Degrees are awarded on the students’ transcripts upon completion of all requirements with the actual award date (December 15th for the Fall, May 15th for the Spring and August 15th for the Summer). Degrees are conferred three times a year and qualified students can participate in the University’s Commencement Exercises in May and December. August graduates are eligible to receive their diplomas on the actual award date and are eligible to participate in the following fall or spring graduation exercise. Exit Interview It is mandatory that all graduates who have been awarded Title IV Loans (Perkins Loans, Signature Loans, Stafford Loans, Student Nursing Loans and Unsubsidized Loans) complete an exit interview. The exit interview can be completed by following the steps below: Log on to: Click on “Exit Counseling”  Fill in ALL fields with appropriate information and click “Submit” Answer all accompanying questions and click "Continue" NOTE: If a score of 100% is not received, you will not be able to participate in the commencement exercises. If you have received a Federal Perkins or Nursing Loan, you will receive an exit packet from Campus Partners at a later date. To secure a copy of your debt summary, log on to: If your graduation date is incorrect, forward an email to: listing your expected graduation date. An exit interview hold will be placed on your account and all University services will be withheld including release of transcripts and diploma if the exit interview process is not completed by November 15--(December Commencement) and April 15 for May Commencement. Commencement Participation Eligibility Students may participate in Commencement in May if they have satisfied the following conditions Filed the application for graduation by October 15; Enrolled in and successfully completed all academic requirements for graduation prior to graduation; Satisfied all financial obligations to the University; Completed the Exit Interview. Completed the Graduate Exit Survey online.  * Questions For all questions pertaining to graduation requirements (except the Exit Interview), contact the Office of the Records and Registration at 302.857.6375, Administration Building, 1st floor. For questions concerning the Exit Interview and financial information, contact the Office of Student Accounts at 302.857.6240, also located in the Administration Building, 1st floor.

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Message from the President


Dr. Harry Lee Williams is the 10th president in the 121-year history of Delaware State University. He began his tenure as DSU president on Jan. 10, 2010.


Welcome to Delaware State University, an institution of which I am proud to be a part.  I am committed to working with the tremendous students, staff and faculty of our University as we move DSU forward into the top tier of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Delaware State University is a family and as such we will have a shared governance.  Our administrative team will operate in a democratic manner to make decisions that will fortify our university.  We will come together with our community energized by our strengths, positive endeavors and strong constituent support and we will embark upon transformational change. As the 10th President of Delaware State University, I recognize the value that we bring to the state of Delaware and to our students.  It is a privilege to serve this institution and to ensure that it continues to honor its historical legacy.  Please utilize our website fully to explore the plethora of exciting opportunities to make your mark on the world as a part of the DSU family! In Proud Service, Dr. Harry L. Williams  


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President's Administrative Council


Georgeann Hayward
Executive Assistant to the President
Phone: 302.857.6001    
Fax: 302.857.6003    

Cassandra C. Robinson
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 302.857.6001    
Fax: 302.857.6003    

Beverly Jones
Board Secretary
Phone: 302.857.6023    
Fax: 302.857.6003


Presidential Staff & Faculty Forums



Dr. Harry L. Williams, President of Delaware State University, addresses the staff and faculty.

President Williams requests the attendance of all professional and classified staff at monthly forums in order to effectively communicate with the campus.  Faculty are welcome to attend.  Please review enews for times and locations. Forum Schedule President Staff Forum - every 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning in September and ending in May President Faculty Forum - every 4th Thursday of the month beginning in September and ending in May      

Campus Contacts

Additional Locations DSU @ Georgetown 302.500.7011 Phone 302.856.5388 Fax William A. Carter Partnership Center Georgetown, DE 19947 DSU @ Wilmington    302.254.5334 Phone 302.254.5350 Fax 3931 Kirkwood Hwy Wilmington, DE 19808 Residence Halls & Apartments Evers Hall   (302)857.6315 Laws Hall   (302)857.6326 Conwell Hall   (302)857.6310 Tubman Hall   (302)857.6330 Jenkins Hall   (302)857.6320 Warren Franklin   (302)857.6335 University Village   (302)857.8511 Wynder Towers  (302)857.6330 Courtyard Apts.   (302)857.7966 DSU Living & Learning Commons (302)857.4337 Emergency Phone Number 302.857.SNOW (7669) Printed Directory To search for a faculty or staff member please refer to the online directory. General Phone Numbers Note: 857 is the prefix for all campus phone numbers   DEPARTMENT  PHONE  FAX EMAIL  CMNST Academic Advisement Center 6561 6503 Academic Accounting and Finance  6911 6924 Accounts Payable  6207 6203 Admin Coffee Shop  7347 7212 Admission  6351 6352 Alumni Relations  6050 6052 Arts Center/Gallery  6697 6698 Athletics  6030 6034 Aviation Program 6710 6719 Basketball  7493/7559  6029 Bookstore  6225 6226 Biology, Dept, of  6510 6512 Business Administration , Dept of 6931 6927 Career Services  6120 6123 Cashier  6220 6202 Child Development Lab  6731 6722 Chemistry, Dept. of  6530 6539 College of Agriculture & Related Sciences  6400 6402 College of Business  6900 6908 College of Education, Health and Public Policy  6700 6704 College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Tech.  6500 6503 College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences  6628 7605 Help Desk 7028 7001 Computer & Info Sci., Dept of  6640 6552 Conrad Hall  7208 7213 Copy Center  6280 6282 Continuing Education  6820 6823 Counseling  7381 7382 Custodians  6230 7244 Distance Ed. & Learning Tech.  7122 7121 Education Department  6270 6722 English & Foreign Lang., Dept of  6560 6563 Enterprise Development, Ctr. of  6952 6950 Facilities Management  6230 7244 Finance & Administration  6200 6203 Financial Aid  6250 6251 Fleet Services  6274 6277 Football  7447 7555 General Counsel 7741 7401 Health Center  6393 7676 History, Pol. Sci. & Philosophy, Dept. of  6621 6623 Hornet Newspaper  6398 6368 Hospitality/Tourism Mgmt. Dept. of  6980 6983 Housing & Residential Education  6326 6333 Human Ecology, Dept. of  6440 6441 Human Resources  6261 6264 Institutional Advancement  6055 6058 Institutional Research  7027 7254 Institutional Support & Title III  7350 7353 International Affair, Office of  6421 6567 Judicial Affairs  6470 6472 Library  6191 6177 MARC Program  6514 7483 Mass Communication, Dept. of  6584 6589 Mathematics, Dept. of  7051 7054         Mentoring and Advising  7203 7205 Neuroscience Center 7117 6512 Nursing, Dept., of  6750 6781 Optics 6650 7482 Physic & Pre-Engineering, Dept. of  6659 7482   Post Office (Mail Center)  6276 6282 President’s Office  6001 6003 Provost/Academic Affairs  6100 7410 Psychology, Dept. of  6660 6661 Public Relations  6061 6058 Public Safety  6290 7090 ROTC Program  7361 Records Office  6375 6379 registrar Small Business Dev. Ctr.  6955 6950   Social Work, Dept. of  6770 6794 Sociology, Dept. of  6670 7774 Sponsored Program  6810 6804 Sports Information  6065 6069 Sport Management  6600 6601 Student Accounts  6240 6249 Student Gov. Association  6371 6372 Student Affairs  6300 7850 Student Employment 6138 6123 Student Leadership & Activities  6390 Telecommunications  7009 7025 Testing Services  6144 6142 Theatre & Dance Program  6573 6563   University College 7201 6386 Univ. Studies & 1st Yr. Programs  7252  6838 USDA Extension Service  6424 6430 VSA Arts (Delaware)  6699 6698 Veterans Affairs  6376 6378 Visual Arts, Dept. of  6680 6681  

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Mission/Vision Statement

Mission Delaware State University is a public, comprehensive, 1890 land-grant institution that offers access and opportunity to diverse populations from Delaware, the nation, and the world. Building on its heritage as a historically black college, the University purposefully integrates the highest standards of excellence in teaching, research, and service in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs. Its commitment to advance science, technology, liberal arts, and the professions produces capable and productive leaders who contribute to the sustainability and economic development of the global community. As approved by the Board of Trustees December 2011.   Vision Statement As one of America’s most highly respected Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Delaware State University will be renowned for a standard of academic excellence that prepares our graduates to become the first choice of employers in a global market and invigorates the economy and the culture of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic Region.   Core Values Community Integrity Diversity Scholarship Outreach  

About DSU


Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

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In much the same way that passports allow free travel to and from destinations around the world, DSU offers its students a “passport to life.” This passport will enable students to become contributing and productive members of society while gaining the confidence needed to take hold of opportunity, earn respect and build on their success. It all starts here, at DSU. With a self-contained campus that feels like a small town unto itself, DSU sits on a historic plot of Delaware land that has grown with the times. What began as a 100-acre campus is now a picturesque 400-acre campus abuzz with growth that still takes pride in its older buildings such as Loockerman Hall, a restored national historic landmark from the 1700s. Indeed, DSU is a unique mixture of the past, present and future. One can still unearth time capsules from nearly a century ago below buildings around campus. The Approaching Storm Marching Band belts out some of the latest popular tunes at sold-out football games in Alumni Stadium each fall. And some of the country’s most skilled researchers are discovering new innovations at DSU that have far-reaching future uses in the fields of medicine, military defense, agriculture and much more. There’s a place and interest at DSU for students who know exactly what path they want to follow. We also offer students the chance to explore unchartered territory—to discover and uncover their hidden talents while learning from some of the best in their prospective fields. Where will life take you? We invite you to begin your journey here at DSU—your passport to life. Humble Beginnings and New Horizons DSU has a long and proud history as one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). It has a blend of both long-standing traditions and growing diversity. Founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, DSU takes pride in its heritage as one of the country’s first land-grant educational institutions, rooted early on in agriculture and education. Our current population includes a 67 percent African-American enrollment and an increasing number of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and other international students. With a changing world comes a changing campus, and DSU prepares its students for the global challenges of the new millennium and beyond. The University is a welcome center for learning for people from many cultural backgrounds who speak several different languages and dialects. DSU is a melting pot for education, and after graduation—wherever life takes them—our students are truly “making their mark on the world.” DSU’s focus on cutting-edge research, technology and business practices have brought the University into modernity and made it a member of the scientific, solution-seeking community. Today, it remains well in the vanguard of other four-year institutions throughout the region and country. DSU currently offers 53 undergraduate degree options, an impressive number for a school of DSU’s size. It also offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral degree programs in areas such as interdisciplinary applied mathematics/mathematical physics and educational leadership. Choosing which college or university to attend is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in life. There are many things to consider, such as selecting the right academic program to suit your goals, finding comfort with the atmosphere on and around campus and knowing that faculty and staff will help you succeed. Location, Location, Location DSU is located in the historic city of Dover, the capital of Delaware, which has a geographical position at the center of the state. Its close proximity to the city of Philadelphia afforded Caesar Rodney a short horseback ride to sign the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution, the document that continues to protect our nation’s liberty, also declared Delaware as the “The First State” of the new Federal Union. Arguably one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast, Dover, with its current population of 35,810, provides a small-town flavor for students who want to learn without the hustle and bustle found on some city campuses. Dover’s short distance from other major cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC, makes it still feel close to metropolitan life. Because it’s nestled in a small town, DSU is able to provide a comprehensive four-year education at a competitive cost and value compared to other schools in the region. The campus has many cultural and retail amenities, including Dover Mall across the street, the nearby Rehoboth/Ocean City beaches and outlet shopping. Campus map and directions  

DSU at a Glance

  • 42 undergraduate degree programs, 15 master’s degree programs and five doctoral degree programs
  • Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), as well as by seven specialized academic accrediting agencies
  • William C. Jason Library includes a collection of 314,133 printed volumes and a total holding of more than 475,033 publications

Faculty Profile

  • 198 faculty members within
  • 21 academic departments
  • 174 faculty members possess a PhD or a terminal degree (Terminal Master’s of Flight Captain)

  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1

Total Enrollment: 4,644

  • 90% Full-Time
  • 10% Part-Time
  • 55% Live on campus
  • 45% Commute
  • 51% In-State
  • 49% Out-of-State

Satellite Sites

Wilmington, Delaware

Georgetown, Delaware

Most Popular Majors
by Degree Awarded

Business Administration


Mass Communications

Criminal Justice & Sociology

Sport Management

Social Work

Biological Sciences


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