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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    


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  

Parents and Families

WELCOME PARENTS AND FAMILIES! We are happy to welcome your family to our Delaware State University community. As your student learns and grows, we know that his or her time spent at DSU will be both rewarding and challenging. Through information on this site and our email newsletter, ParentBuzz, we will help you stay connected to campus. We welcome your ideas and feedback during your student's DSU experience. Did you know? Wednesdays we're open late For your convenience, the offices on the first floor of the Administration Building at Delaware State University -- including the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, and Student Accounts -- are open late on Wednesdays to accommodate students and their families who find it hard to stop by during regular business hours. Take care of a variety of needs -- registering for classes, having financial aid questions answered, checking a student account status and more -- each Wednesday until 6 p.m. Cost calculator is available online Students and their families are encouraged to use the new online Net Price Calculator to learn more about the costs of pursuing an education at DSU and the financial aid and scholarship options that may be available to help students.  To use the calendar, visit   ACADEMICS Overview Advising Career Services Honors Program Library Majors and Concentrations Regulations STUDENT LIFE Counseling Health services Office of Student Accessibility Services Public Safety Student Affairs Student housing Wellness & Recreation Center EVENTS & NEWS Athletics Commencement Register for DSUpdate The Echo Event calendar News and media ParentBuzz signup FINANCIAL INFO Financial aid Current students FAQs Forms Scholarships Inspire scholarship Tuition and Fees Tuition payment plan Pay a student account   GENERAL INFO About DSU Admissions Alumni Relations Bookstore Campus contacts Give to DSU History of DSU Mission/Vision Statement Office of the President   VISIT DSU Campus map City of Dover Directions Nearby accommodations Schedule a campus tour

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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

Daytime: 302.857.6060
Evening: 302.857.6290

Virtual Tour

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


Education Programs


The State College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established May 15, 1891, by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities. Through the conservative and practical planning of the Board of Trustees appointed by Delaware Gov. Robert J. Reynolds, the College was launched upon its mission of education and public service on February 2, 1892. Five courses of study leading to a baccalaureate degree were offered: Agricultural, Chemical, Classical, Engineering and Scientific. A Preparatory Department was established in 1893 for students who were not qualified to pursue a major course of study upon entrance. A three-year normal course leading to a teacher's certificate was initiated in 1897. The College graduated its first class of degree candidates in May 1898. The normal course of study (teacher education) was extended to four years in 1911 and the Bachelor of Pedagogy degree was awarded to students upon satisfactory completion of the curriculum. In 1912, the courses of study were changed to Academic, Agricultural, Mechanic Arts and Domestic Science. The Bachelor of Pedagogy degree was awarded upon completion of the academic curriculum. A certificate of graduation was granted upon completion of the other courses of study. In the 1916-1917 school year, the Preparatory Department was phased out, a Model Grade School was established, and a high school diploma was granted on completion of a four-year course of study. In 1923, a Junior College Division was added. Four-year curricula in the Arts and Sciences, Elementary Education, Home Economics, Agriculture and Industrial Arts were established in 1932. The College graduated its first class of bachelor-degree candidates completing one of these four-year courses of study in June 1934. In 1944, the College received provisional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In 1947, the name of the institution was changed to "Delaware State College" by legislative action. In November 1949, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education revoked the accreditation of the institution. This was a severe blow to the prestige of the College. Strenuous efforts were exerted to maintain the existence of the College and to make it an accredited four-year land-grant institution. At the end of the 1951-52 school year, the High School Division was discontinued. In April 1957, the College was fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1962, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2012 reaffirmed this accreditation. Concurrently, the University achieved and maintained accreditation of its teacher education programs by the Delaware State Board of Education. On July 1, 1993, Delaware State College turned another chapter in its history when Gov. Thomas Carper signed a name change into law, thus renaming the College to Delaware State University. Since 1957, the University has grown in stature as a center for teaching, research and public service. The purpose of the University has broadened in keeping with changing times. While recognizing its heritage, the University is among the top premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the country, while serving a diverse student population. Undergraduate studies are organized into six colleges that contain a total of 21 academic departments, which offer 42 bachelor's degrees, 15 master's degrees and five doctoral degrees. Accreditations include the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Council on Social Work Education, the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The University’s College of Business is internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The underpinning of the growth and development of Delaware State University has been the leadership of its ten presidents, including Wesley P. Webb (1891 – 1895), William C. Jason (1895 – 1923), Richard S. Grossley (1923 – 1942), Howard D. Gregg (1942 – 1949), Oscar J. Chapman (1950 – 1951), Jerome H. Holland (1953 – 1960), Luna I. Mishoe (1960 – 1987), William B. DeLauder (1987 – 2003), Allen L. Sessoms (2003 – 2008) and Harry L. Williams (January 2010-present). Maurice E. Thomasson served as acting president from 1949 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1953. Claibourne D. Smith served as acting president from September 2008 to January 2010. As a result of their efforts, the University is well positioned to reach new levels of prestige. As of fall 2014, the University’s student enrollment has grown to 4,644 students. The University’s physical infrastructure has grown from its 1891 beginning as a 100-acre property with three buildings to a beautiful 356-acre pedestrian campus with over 50 buildings and four outdoor athletic fields. The University also has two farm properties in the Kenton and Smyrna areas, locations in Wilmington and Georgetown, and its Airway Science Program maintains it fleet of planes and base of operation at the Delaware Air Park in Cheswold.

Faculty Senate

  On behalf of the Delaware State University Faculty Senate, "Welcome!" Faculty participation in the shared governance of DSU is more important than ever. As the chair of the faculty senate I ask that you stay involved with the vital issues facing the University. In our goal to go paperless, the minutes, proposals, reports, upcoming agenda, etc. are posted for your examination on the Faculty Senate Forum on Blackboard. If your department has not already, please forward the names of your Faculty Senator(s) and alternate(s) for the current academic year to me ( ) and the Vice Chair, Myna German ( Stephanie Milbourne is the Senate recorder ( Several openings are available on our senate committees. These committees are an excellent opportunity for every faculty member to provide service and leadership to the university, get to know other faculty and staff, and do the valuable work of the faculty senate. Email the me to get involved. Your service counts.   Respectfully submitted, Jan Blade, Chair, Faculty Senate. FROM THE BY-LAWS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY Unless otherwise ordered by the Board of Trustees, authority is hereby delegated to the university faculty to develop and administer the academic and educational policies of the university in accordance with the provisions of the following regulations. The Faculty shall: Establish departmental curricula and courses. Develop rules, regulations and discipline for the student body. Determine educational academic policies of admission. Determine requirements for degrees and recommend candidates for degrees, which shall be conferred by the   President of the University under the authority of the Board of Trustees. It shall be the privilege of the faculty: To recommend to the Board of Trustees the establishment of any degree to be awarded and the disestablishment of any degree. To consider matters of general interest to the university and make recommendations to the President of the University for presentation to the Board of Trustees. (Chapter 2, Section II) FACULTY SENATE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS Function: The Faculty Senate is the primary governing body of the faculty. It shall serve as a channel of communication between the faculty and the administration and, through the administration, to the Board of Trustees. It shall seek means to raise the level of all aspects of professional performance. It shall be the instrument by which the faculty carries out its responsibilities under the Charter and Bylaws of the Board of Trustees of Delaware State University. [Article I, Section 2] Responsibilities : The Faculty Senate is the chief governing body under the authority of the faculty. It shall possess the primary responsibility and authority to review, discuss, and make policy recommendations in such areas as curriculum, standards, research, faculty status, honorary degrees, and student activities related to the academic life of the University. [Article I, Section 3] Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty Senators: Faculty Senators are expected to attend all Faculty Senate meetings. Faculty Senators are expected to communicate to their respective departments all actions of the Faculty Senate. Faculty Senators are expected to communicate to the full Senate any of their respective departmental concerns.  

The Echo

The Echo Spring 2016 issue Read the Spring 2016 issue as a PDF ABOUT THE ECHO The Echo is a publication for alumni and friends of Delaware State University that is produced by the Office of Marketing and Communications 3 times a year collaboratively with the Division of Institutional Advancement and the Department of Athletics. The Echo is available to all alumni who maintain up-to-date mailing information through the Office of Alumni Relations. KEEP IN TOUCH Alumni and friends are invited and encouraged to send news of personal achievements and other milestones for inclusion in The ECHO.  All items submitted for print will be edited. Click here to submit your news online. or email to: If you prefer, items can also be mailed or faxed to: The ECHO Office of Alumni Relations Delaware State University 1200 N. DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901-2277 FAX to: 302.857.6052 If you have not recently received a copy of The ECHO, please update your contact information here.  Keep abreast of news of your alma mater. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Do you prefer to read The ECHO in print or online? Please let us know by clicking here.



Delaware State University Alumni Scholarships

To determine the status of additional scholarship funds, for applications, or for more information, visit our scholarships page and check out what fits you best. DSU tries to help our students meet their financial needs (Financial Need = Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution). In addition to scholarships, students in need of additional educational funds might consider: To determine the status of additional scholarship funds, for applications, or for more information, visit our scholarships page and check out what fits you best. DSU tries to help our students meet their financial needs (Financial Need = Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution). In addition to scholarships, students in need of additional educational funds might consider: Contacting businesses, civic organizations, fraternal or religious organizations to ask if they offer scholarships Speaking to high school administrative or counseling staff about available scholarships Contacting a local library for further resource information Researching the World Wide Web for helpful sites such as ADDITIONAL FUNDS AVAILABLE   Information regarding the availability, nature and criteria of alumni scholarships may change without notice. For this reason, interested persons are advised to verify all information through the Scholarship Office before applying. Scholarships are also sponsored by individual alumni and organizations. To obtain a more comprehensive listing, or for more information about other types of financial aid, consult the University Catalogs Visit the Financial Aid Office located in the Administration Building, or visit the scholarships page on this site.