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The Office of Admissions at Delaware State University invites you to attend a FREE Admissions Reception! Hear the exciting things happening at DSU from President Dr. Harry L. Williams Learn more about next steps for enrolling at DSU, including the housing process Discover financing options through scholarships & financial aid Explore our many academic offerings, student organizations and internships Additional Sussex County resident offerings including: On-site Acceptance (complete an online application prior to attending and bring a copy of your SAT/ACT scores and Official High School Transcripts) On-site Financial Aid application support (FAFSA) New Student Orientation fee waiver for Fall 2016 $100 credit for books per semester (upon acceptance and enrollment) for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Free Summer 2016 tuition at our main campus in Dover (up to 6 credit hours) INSPIRE scholarship information and how to qualify (for graduating high school seniors) Connected Degree scholarship (for Del Tech transfer students) Reception will be held on the following date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Heritage Shores | One Heritage Shores Circle | Bridgeville, DE 19933 RSVP: Click here to RSVP online We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about DSU!

Directions to DSU

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View Larger Map By Vehicle Driving Directions to DSU DSU is located in Dover, Delaware - just a few hours away from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, New Jersey and New York City. From Pennsylvania: Take I-95 south through Wilmington. South of Wilmington, take Exit 4A (Route 1) to Dover. Follow Route 1 all the way to Dover then take Exit 104. After taking the 104 exit, turn left at the light onto Route 13. The campus entrance is on your right at the sixth light. From New Jersey: After crossing Delaware Memorial Bridge, do not exit I-295 onto Route 13 unless you wish to navigate many traffic signals. Stay on I-295 south until it ends at I-95. Then the directions are the same as for Pennsylvania. From Baltimore and northern Maryland: Take I-95 north to Exit 4A (Route 1) to Dover. Then the directions are the same as for Pennsylvania. From points south: Take Route 13 or Route 113 north (whichever is more convenient) to Dover. Stay on Route 13 through Dover until you see the campus directly across the street from Dover Downs Raceway. If you take Route 1 around Dover from Route 113 (or from Route 13 using the Puncheon Run connector at the Hertrich Nissan dealership), you must pay $1 toll. Take the next exit after the toll booth, Exit 104. Don't forget to stop and get a 50-cents-off-your-next-toll ticket! Make a left at the light on Route 13. The entrance to DSU is at the sixth light. From Washington DC and points west: There are several ways to get to Dover from MD 301. The most common is to take MD 302 (Barclay Rd.) from MD 301. Go straight through Barclay then take the right in Templeville at the Dover sign heading toward Marydel. At the state line in Marydel,  the road changes to Route 8. Follow Route 8 until you get to Dover, and then take a left at the second light (by McDonalds and Citizens Bank) onto Kenton Road. Then take a right at the second light onto College Road (just after the fire station). Go straight through the next light and you will see the campus on your left shortly after crossing the tracks. You may use the back entrance (if the gate is open) or you may continue on around College Road to the light on Route 13. Take a left at the light and the front entrance to the campus is at the second light on the left. Nearby Airports DSU is centrally located between two major airports: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) Airport shuttle services are also available through Delaware Express and SuperShuttle. Call Delaware Express at 800.648.5466 or SuperShuttle at 800.258.3826 to arrange for a shuttle. Bus and Train Service Several bus and train transportation services are available in Delaware. Contact them to check their schedules. Amtrak – The Wilmington, DE Amtrak station is approximately and hour away from the DSU campus. Connections to the Greyhound Bus and the Delaware Commuter bus line (DART) can be made here. DART – DART, Delaware’s commuter bus system, provides inter-city and inter-county service. Service also includes transportation directly from the DSU campus to the Wilmington, DE Amtrak station.  Greyhound – Greyhound provides direct bus service to Dover. The Greyhound station is conveniently located across the street from the Amtrak/Septa rail station in Wilmington, DE.  Septa R2 –Located in Wilmington, DE and in the same train station as Amtrak, the Septa R2 commuter rail line is about an hour from the DSU campus.       

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 during the Fall and/or Spring. 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)

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 Procedures For 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. General admission deadlines and standards are established by the School of Graduate Studies and Research however some graduate programs have earlier deadlines and more stringent admission requirements than those noted. Also please note that some programs only admit once per year therefore you are advised to contact your program of interest prior to submission of your application. 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 students should have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Service (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Global Credential Evaluations, Inc. (GCE), or the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and then forwarded by the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions. 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; and Official scores on the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other exam defined by the graduate program or department to which you are applying. Students scoring below the 50th percentile on the verbal and/or analytical writing section of their standardized examination may be required to demonstrate additional proficiency. International Applicants In 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 (paper-based test), or a 79-80 (new internet based TOEFL) or a 5.5 minimum IELTS score. International applicants must provide AACRO, WES or ECE evaluated transcripts 60 days prior to enrollment noting completion of the baccalaureate degree. 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.

Accepted Students

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Congratulations on being accepted to Delaware State University! Here are the steps you should take to make your transition to DSU as smooth as possible. Contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351 or email admissions@desu.edu with questions.   Step 1: Accept admission, complete financial aid process, and apply for housing Confirm your intent to enroll at the university. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The DSU school code is: 001428. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) and check for verification selection from Department of Education. Review your financial aid/scholarship information on the MYDESU web portal. Set up your DSU email account (required in order to apply for housing). Apply for housing and pay deposit (link to online application will be sent to your DSU email). Apply to join a Living-Learning Community at DSU (if applicable).   Step 2: Submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions   Step 3: Attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and register for classes   Step 4: Prepare for classes Submit student health forms to Student Health Services. Satisfy your student account. Enroll in or waive the student health insurance.

First Year Students

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Delaware State University is the right school for you if you want to develop a sense of identity, responsibility, and achievement to prepare you for your dream job. This is the doorway to your college career at Delaware State University - and the life that awaits you with a DSU degree! From here you can learn about the University’s admissions requirements and application process.  If you have questions, contact your Admissions Counselor, they are ready to help you!    Admissions Requirements We recommend that you follow a college preparatory curriculum in high school. Admission may be granted to applicants who have: A certificate or diploma from an accredited four-year school or senior high school. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Test scores of 800 on the SAT (math and critical reading combined), test scores of 800 or above (after concordance) on the 2016 redesigned SAT (math and critical reading combined), or a 17 or better composite score on the ACT. Please note, as of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign—please visit the College Board website.  Completed the required 19 minimum course units with a ‘C’ or better: English: 4 units Writing, Literature and Oral Communication Mathematics: 3 units Courses must include Algebra I & II and Geometry or the equivalent (Recommend a fourth higher math course) History: 2 units One (1) world history and one (1) other history Social Studies: 1 unit Civics, American government, economics, geography or psychology (Two units recommended) Science: 3 units Courses with a laboratory. Must include one (1) or more of the following: biology, chemistry, and/or physics Foreign Language: 2 units Recommend within the same language. If within the same language, there must be course progression. Electives: 4 units May include any additional class from subject areas listed above or Art, Theatre/Drama, Music, and/or Computer Science. Non-Graduates of High School Delaware State University will consider your application for admission if you have satisfied high school graduation requirements under the General Education Development (GED) test, once you have completed 12 semester hours of transferable college coursework and met the University's transfer admission requirements. You must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission. Project Success Program Should your test scores fall below the University’s admission standards, an offer of conditional acceptance may be extended contingent upon your enrollment in and successful completion of the Project Success Program. The Office of Admissions extends this offer at its discretion as seats in the program are limited.   Program Jumpstart Program Jumpstart is a six (6) week residential summer and cultural enrichment program that provides a transitional opportunity for first-year students who will enter the University during the fall semester. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or better are invited to participate in the program. Honors Program The Delaware State University Honors Program provides learning opportunities to motivated and committed students who have excelled in high school and want to challenge themselves academically in college. To be considered for admission to the Honors Program, students must submit an application for admission to the University and an Honors Program application. Learning Communities For incoming freshmen, Delaware State University offers a unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier. Form new friendships — and feel a sense of belonging on campus — by joining one of Delaware State University’s Learning Communities.
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Applying to Delaware State University is as simple as 1 2 3!

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Create an account to get started on your online application and pay $35 application fee.

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Forward your SAT or ACT test scores to Office of Admissions

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Mail your official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions

Transfer Student Admissions

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Hundreds of transfer students each year choose to continue their college education at DSU. Our straightforward admissions process is designed to meet your unique needs as a transfer student, making your transition to DSU a smooth one. We even offer Transfer Wednesday events in the spring and fall for prospective transfer students to speak with an admissions counselor, tour campus, learn about financial aid and have their transcripts evaluated. Transfer Student Admissions Requirements  Application Procedures The following materials are needed from transfer students in order to be considered for DSU admission: A completed online application at www.desu.edu/apply-now and application fee of $35 Official high school transcripts or GED scores Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended since high school SAT or ACT test scores if not transferring in 12 credit hours or more at a GPA of 2.0 or better Priority date for consideration is: May 1 for Fall applicants and December 1 for Spring applicants Applications will not be considered for admissions until the online application has been completed and all official final transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions Application Guidelines The following guidelines will help you know whether you meet DSU’s transfer student admissions criteria: Applications from transfer students can be from two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities accredited by their respective regional association. Transfer credit will not be awarded to remedial level courses (below college level) from previous institutions. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted for admission consideration. The cumulative GPA from all previously attended college/universities must be 2.0 or above. College course credits obtained within the last 10 years are not accepted automatically and will be at the discretion of the appropriate department. Courses to be transferred must be equivalent to respective DSU courses. Credits are evaluated according to the specific academic program the student is applying to. Credit cannot be granted for correspondence courses. In instances where courses from other colleges or universities only partially fulfill general education requirements, students will need to make up the credit hours shortage in the same department. Course grades must at least be a “C” in order for the transfer credit to count. Grades of "C-" cannot transfer. Students who have been placed on academic probation, suspended or dismissed from previous institutions cannot be considered for admission to Delaware State University. Transfer Scholarships The following scholarships are currently being offered to accepted transfer students: DTCC students who graduate with an associate’s degree and a 2.5 cumulative GPA may be eligible for up to two years (four consecutive semesters) of scholarship funding at $1,000 per academic year. Privately Funded Scholarships** The Osher Reentry Scholarship is available to adults who are entering DSU after a five year cumulative gap in pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.** The Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarships** **Applying for a scholarship does not mean you will automatically be awarded a scholarship but your application will be reviewed for consideration by the scholarship committee. Transfer Credits  Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) transfer students in connected degrees should review the course transfer options. Check out which courses transfer to DSU from other colleges and universities below.  
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