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Graduate Admissions

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), 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.

New Student Orientation

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If you plan to attend DSU in Spring 2015, you must attend New Student Orientation to help ensure your smooth transition as a Hornet. Register today!
Welcome to Delaware State University! Ensure you and your family have a smooth transition into becoming a part of the Hornet family by attending New Student Orientation.Welcome to Delaware State University!The information below will help ensure you and your family's smooth transition into becoming a part of the Hornet family! If you have any further questions or concerns pertaining to New Student Orientation, contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351. SPRING 2015 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION DATE AND DEADLINERegistration DeadlineOrientation DateWednesday December 10, 2014Wednesday December 17, 2014   If you plan to attend Delaware State University, you must attend New Student Orientation in order to register for classes.            All New Student Orientation fees are non-refundable .What is New Student Orientation?New Student Orientation is designed for all new students, including transfers. It introduces you to the campus, where you will learn about DSU’s academic programs, meet faculty members, register for fall classes with your advisor, learn about all of our support services and make new friends with other incoming students. All new students must attend New Student Orientation.How do I book my New Student Orientation date?There are two ways that you can register for New Student Orientation.First, in your acceptance package you will receive an Admissions Acceptance Agreement. This form informs the Office of Admissions that you plan to attend the University. On the bottom portion of that form you can choose which orientation date you would like to attend.Secondly, you will receive a New Student Orientation booklet that will include a registration form.Both the Admissions acceptance agreement and the New Student Orientation registration form can be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to the Office of Admissions.How much is New Student Orientation?The non-refundable New Student Orientation fee is $150.00 for freshman and $100.00 for transfer students.How do I make my New Student Orientation Payment?You can mail in a personal check or money order (no cash) to:Delaware State UniversityOffice of Admissions1200 N. DuPont HighwayDover, DE 19901If you wish to pay with a personal check, major credit card or debit card, you may also submit payment online via QuikPay via the “Pay Your Bill” button on the front page of the DSU website.How to make a payment via QuikPay:In the "Login as Guest" boxEnter: Student IDPayment type : “Tuition & Other University Fees” (Note: There is not an option for New Student Orientation)Click: LoginClick: "Yes, continue to the NelNet Quickpay” website Make a paymentClick: "Pay" for Tuition & Other University Fees” (Note: There is not an option for New Student Orientation)Select: Term Spring 2015Enter: $150 for freshman or $100 for transfer studentWhat does my orientation fee cover?The fee covers the processing of your registration, materials given during the orientation, and meals.How do I make my housing deposit?Go to: my.desu.eduSelect: “QuikPAY” iconIn the “Login as Guest Box”Enter: Student IDClick: LoginClick: “Yes, continue to the NelNet Quickpay” websiteSelect: Make a paymentClick: “Pay” Traditional Housing DepositSelect: Term from the drop down boxEnter: $200.00 as the Payment AmountSelect: Payment Method from the drop down boxClick: ContinueProvide Information:  Complete your credit card, bank information or both (must use the option you choose above)Click: Confirm to submit your paymentYou will receive an email confirmation for your paymentCan I bring my parents and guest to New Student Orientation?Yes. You are allowed to bring guests (2 max) to New Student Orientation. However, there is a $35.00 fee for each guest, including children under 12. This fee covers materials given to each guest and meals.What are some key things to remember for my orientation session?Bring documents: Sealed final high school transcript, housing application and completed health form (all documents can be turned in prior to orientation).Be prepared to take the Accuplacer test in reading comprehension, sentence skills, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college-bound mathematics during New Student Orientation.  Your test results will be used to place you in your mathematics and English courses.  Remember to bring your social security card and photo ID.Where is New Student Orientation held on campus?New Student Orientation activities are held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Student Center. Students will spend most of their day in the MLK with the exception of the campus tour and business dealings with Financial Aid, Student Accounts and ID Center offices in the Administration building. Students driving to orientation should park in Parking Lot 1 across from the MLK Student Center. There is no charge for parking.A detailed schedule of events will be provided upon your arrival to New Student Orientation.Documents needed for New Student Orientation:Final High School Transcript Release form (if applicable)Student Health formHousing ApplicationFASFA (process prior to attending New Student Orientation). Click here if you have not already processed your FAFSA.What happens after New Student Orientation (Next Steps)?After New Student Orientation it is your responsibility to make sure first that all of your documents have been turned in a timely fashion. While you are at New Student Orientation you will have an opportunity to register for your spring semester classes; this will generate your semester bill. Once your bill has been generated, it is the responsibility of the student to make sure that the bill can be paid in full by scholarships, grants, financial aid, personal monies or a payment plan through Student Accounts. One or all of the options can be used to satisfy your bill. 

Accepted Students

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 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

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) or 17 or better composite score on the ACT. 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 grade point average and/or 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.

Applying to Delaware State University is as simple as 1 2 3!

Step 1

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

Step 2

Forward your SAT or ACT test scores to Office of Admissions 

Step 3

Mail your official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions 

Transfer Student Admissions

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 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 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. 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 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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Undergraduate Admissions




You’ll immediately notice the “family feel” around campus when you come to Delaware State University. We are the ideal University for students who desire an affordable education in a safe, tight-knit environment without the distractions found at schools in urban areas. Here you’ll get personal attention from your teachers, allowing you to really connect with them. Plus Delaware State University offers many ways to take your learning to the next level. You can build your resume through hands-on experience in our labs and studios and graduate with a broad skill-set that will land you your first real job. And you’re never short of things to do at Delaware State University. Hang out at our modern student center – the heartbeat of campus life – or meet new friends by joining a student organization or participating in volunteer opportunities. If you’re looking to go off-campus, we are close to everything! Explore nearby Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. or spend a weekend at the Delaware or Maryland beaches. Whether you’re enrolling in college for the first time, transferring from another college or returning after several years, Delaware State University can guide you toward your goals!  1.Visit Ready for a visit? It’s the best way to experience DSU. Schedule an individual visit or join us at our Open House or other special visitation day. Schedule a campus visit Attend Open House Attend Hornet Days Attend Transfer Wednesday 2.Apply We know you’re busy so we’ve made our application process clear and easy to understand. First year students Transfer students International students Military/Veterans 3.Enroll Congratulations on being accepted to DSU! Here are next steps to secure your spot. Attend New Student Orientation Apply for housing and pay deposit Submit health form Submit final high school transcript Attend Welcome Days    

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Your Admissions Counselors

Our admissions counselors travel to states in the Northeast region to meet with you in person. They come prepared to give you an inside perspective on what it’s like to be a student here. Get to know them better! Check out the list below to find your admissions counselor and call or email them to ask questions about Delaware State University. They are ready to help you! Admissions Counselors  Devon Sivels Phone: 302.857.7356 Email: Recruitment Area: Delaware Favorite College Memory: My favorite college moment came at the end of my college career as I walked across the stage to receive the Presidential Leadership Award. Having been granted the opportunity to say that I am a college graduate made all of the hard work worth it. Determination pays off.  Why Should Students Choose DSU: Students should look to DSU because we inspire greatness, promote growth, develop leaders, and keep students as our number one priority. Hawa Turay Phone: 302.857.7780 Email: Recruitment Area:  Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York   Favorite College Memory: My favorite college moments were when I was working as an orientation leader. I loved meeting all of the new students and their families. Also being able to interact with them and being able to share my experiences with them to help kind of ease them into the new chapter of their lives. Why Should Students Choose DSU: Students should choose DSU because of the endless possibilities of what they can do and become. There are so many different opportunities here at DSU that students can take advantage of to become very successful. Not only is DSU very diverse and cultured it is also very rich with many opportunities for student to get involved and stay involved.  Pia Stokes Phone: 302.857.7147 Email: Recruitment Area: Transfer, International and Graduate Students Favorite College Memory: Traveling and performing with the Marching Band (M3) Why Should Students Choose DSU: DSU represents everyone and wants to be the institution that gives students the opportunity to grow, thrive and pave the way for their future.  We are giving our students an opportunity to be a part of the New DSYou!  Jovoni Simmons Phone: 302.857.6103 Email: Recruitment Area:  Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Favorite College Memory: Taking road trips to support our football team at their away games. Why Should Students Choose DSU: Delaware State University works hard to give students academic lessons as well as life lessons. The connections made here between peers, staff, and faculty are lifelong and forever beneficial. We equip students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their career field and life. DSU offers many opportunities to get involved within the college and local community and the guidance given helps each student to be the best version of themselves that they can possibly be.