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Early Bird Program

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The Early Bird Program is for juniors and seniors attending high school in the State of Delaware who wish to earn college credit while still attending high school. In order to qualify for the program, students must be recommended by their high school principal. Interested students should contact their high school counselor for instructions, obtain a letter of recommendation from their principal, and have written approval from their parents. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better is also required. Early Bird applicants may enroll for no more than six (6) credit hours per semester. Please be mindful that if you enroll in a science course, a one-hour accompanying lab is required.  The cost for this program is consistent with the University’s published fees.  Students whose cumulative high school grade point averages are 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale are entitled to six (6) hours of free tuition per semester. All students will still be responsible for fees - technology, parking, etc. Students may not enroll in the Early Bird program if they have graduated from high school or will graduate within the term. All applications should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Here's how to get started: Apply today at www.desu.edu/apply-now Submit official high school transcript Submit letter of recommendation from your school counselor or high school principal and letter of permission from your parent(s)

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Inspire Scholarship Requirements

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Requirements The Basics: Be regularly admitted and enroll in the fall semester immediately following graduation from a Delaware public or non-public high school. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, as indicated on the student's official high school transcript. Complete the FAFSA by March 15 and accept all forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible, except for loans. Have no felony convictions. Complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, each semester at DSU.   The Details: The Inspire Scholarship is available to Delaware high school graduates with excellent credentials to attend Delaware State University. The intent of this program is to offset the cost of tuition, thereby increasing the number of Delawareans who attend college and complete degree programs. The scholarship program is subject to available funds appropriated by the Delaware General Assembly. Inspire scholarship recipients must continue to make excellent academic progress toward a degree and must complete at least ten hours of community service per semester. A student must be admitted and attend classes at Delaware State University no later than the fall semester immediately after the student's graduation from a Delaware public or non-public high school. To be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship program, a student must satisfy Delaware residency requirements as set forth in Delaware State University’s residency policy and be enrolled full-time on a degree-seeking basis. Students with a disability must comply with Delaware State University’s academic accommodation policy. A student must graduate from a Delaware public or non-public high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale as indicated on the student's official high school transcript. Home-schooled students will abide by the same standards as public and non-public Delaware high school graduates. The student must not have been convicted of any felony, and the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver must certify such fact. If a student has felony charges pending, the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will sign a certification that if the student is convicted of a felony, the student, parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid at Delaware State University, and the student will no longer be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship. A student must satisfy admission standards as determined by Delaware State University and must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. A student must complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, per semester. A student must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA The DSU school code is 001428), and accept all appropriate forms of financial aid for which the student is eligible including, but not limited to, the Federal Pell Grant, financial aid programs administered by the Delaware Higher Education Commission, and financial aid programs administered by Delaware State University, except for loans.  If other forms of financial aid (not including loans) cover full tuition, the Inspire Scholarship will NOT be awarded. If financial aid funds do NOT cover full tuition, the Inspire Scholarship will be awarded to cover the difference up to the maximum of $3,000 per year. A student should apply for financial aid by the priority deadline date of March 15 of each year. Students meeting the March 15 priority deadline will be given first priority for the Inspire Scholarship in the event the number of eligible scholarship recipients exceeds funding appropriated by the Delaware General Assembly.   A final official academic transcript must be received by the Office of Admissions at Delaware State University no later than June 30 of each year to verify graduation and final cumulative GPA.   How to Apply To apply, follow these steps* Apply for financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of March 15 to the federal processor (FAFSA available after January 1). The DSU school code is 001428. Submit a complete Application for Admission with a one-time, non-refundable $35 application fee to attend the fall semester. Paper applications may be requested by phone, mail, online, or from your high school counselor. Apply early for admission! Provide official scores from the SAT/ACT tests to the Office of Admissions at Delaware State University. Submit your final official high school transcript by June 30 to the Office of Admissions. Upon completion of the above requirements, the Office of Financial Aid will notify you of your Inspire eligibility. * The Inspire Scholarship will be subject to available appropriations for each fiscal year.   How to Maintain Eligibility  Listed below are the requirements to maintain eligibility in the Inspire Scholarship program. A student must complete 12 or more eligible credits in both fall and spring semesters. The student must make steady satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, earning no fewer than 24 credit hours required for full-time status in each academic year. A student must maintain continuous full-time enrollment for both the fall and spring semesters in each successive academic year, unless granted an exception for cause by the University Scholarship Council. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 calculated on a 4.0 scale. Cumulative grade point average will be verified the day after summer session grades are reviewed to determine eligibility for the upcoming academic year. The student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid if at any time during the award period there are felony charges pending against the student, and the student and parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will sign a certification that if the student is convicted of a felony at any time during the award period, the student, parent/legal guardian or relative caregiver will notify the Office of Financial Aid, and the student will no longer be eligible for the Inspire Scholarship. Students are eligible to participate in the Inspire Scholarship program for a period not to exceed six (6) continuous semesters, whether or not Inspire payment is made. Summer sessions are not included in the six semester calculation. The Inspire Scholarship will not pay for courses or other post-secondary units previously paid or taken in excess of the requirement for completion of a bachelor’s degree. A student must complete 10 hours of community service, as defined by the institution, per semester. Students are not eligible for Inspire Scholarship payment for summer session classes and will be personally responsible for payment of summer session classes. To maintain eligibility for the Inspire Scholarship during the next academic year, the student should reapply for financial aid by March 15 of each year.                                      

Graduate Admissions

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Whether your goal is career advancement or a career in academia or research, Delaware State University can help you prepare for the road ahead. Our small graduate student-to-faculty ratio sets us apart from larger institutions by providing more opportunities for you to grasp the concepts in your discipline and work alongside faculty on ground-breaking research and projects. Explore our graduate admissions information and learn more about the ​graduate programs offered at Delaware State University.   Admissions ProceduresFor admission to graduate study at Delaware State University, you must show evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and possess the ability to carry out graduate work of high quality. Individual departments and doctoral programs may have more rigorous standards. You should review admissions deadlines and requirements for the program to which you are applying. Contact the department for addiitonal requirements. To apply, submit the following to the Office of Admissions:A completed online application and $50 application fee. Proof of having earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and a 3.0 average in your undergraduate major;An official transcript from each college or university attended; International student transcripts need to be evaluated by a DSU recognized credential agency if obtained from a Non-English speaking institution;Successful completion of undergraduate courses in the field in which you  plan to pursue a graduate degree;Letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your potential for graduate study; andOfficial scores on the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other exam defined by the graduate program or department to which you are applying.International ApplicantsIn addition to meeting general application requirements, non-English speaking international students applying for admission to graduate study at Delaware State University must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language. This proficiency requirement may be satisfied by meeting criteria in any (1) of the following categories:Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States are presumed to be proficient in the English language. Foreign applicants who hold the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a foreign institution in which English is the language of instruction are presumed to be proficient in English. Foreign applicants who do not meet the requirements outlined in 1 and 2 above must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants should attain a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL. Learn more about student Visas for the purpose of enrolling at Delaware State University as a graduate student. Prior to acceptance, international students must place a Financial Statement Form on file with the Office of International Affairs.Applicant Decisions Complete applications are reviewed and evaluated by the respective department, which recommends action to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. He/she then provides official notification to the applicant regarding admission.

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