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Graduate Application and Admission Policies

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Eligibility  For admission to graduate study, applicants must show evidence that they have earned the baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university and possess the ability to carry out graduate work of high quality. An official transcript of all previous undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted. Applicants for degree status should have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 (on a 4-point scale) and a scholastic average of 3.00 in their undergraduate major. They should have successfully completed specific courses at the undergraduate level in the field in which they plan to pursue a graduate degree and a minimum number of courses in a designated area approved by the specific department. For all graduate programs, official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or other specified examinations as specifically defined by the individual department or program are required. Individual departments and doctoral programs may have more rigorous standards. Applicants who have not taken the required test(s) can be admitted provisionally, but must satisfy this requirement during the first semester of graduate study in order to continue. International Students  Non-English speaking international students applying for admission to graduate study must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language. This proficiency requirement may be satisfied by meeting the criteria in any one 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. All applicants must show evidence of medical insurance prior to admission. Prior to acceptance, international students must place an Affidavit of Support Form on file with the Director of the Office of International Studies Application Procedures    Click here to complete an online graduate application and follow the instructions for submitting supporting documentation.  Please contact the Office of Admissions at 302.857.6351 or 800.845.2544 with any questions regarding the graduate admissions process. For program-specific questions about your program of interest, please contact the program directly. The forms can also be obtained in the graduate student section at www.desu.edu/graduate-studies. Application procedures, supporting credentials, and requirements vary among the graduate programs. Prospective graduate students should contact their respective departments for additional requirements. A non-refundable $50 application fee must accompany all applications submitted. Degree-seeking applicants must submit a completed application package that includes the application, the application fee, three letters of recommendation by persons who are acquainted with their potential for graduate study in their discipline, the standardized examination scores, one (1) official transcript from each college or university attended, and a completed essay (if required). Prospective students must arrange for the official transcript(s) and standardized examination scores to be forwarded to the above address. Application Deadlines  Applications will be accepted at any time. However, specific graduate programs may have specific admittance deadlines. Complete applications are reviewed and evaluated by the respective Department, which recommends action to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research provides official notification to the applicant regarding admission. Retention of Applications  The application and credentials of applicants, including transcripts of their academic records from other institutions, are placed in a student's admissions file. They are not returned to the student. In cases where application materials are incomplete with respect to required credentials (including test scores), an applicant has not been accepted for admission, or an applicant does not register for the term to which she/he has been admitted, the application and its accompanying credentials will be retained for two years by the University. Classification    Applicants for graduate degrees are considered for admission and, if admitted, classified in one of three categories: Unconditional Admission, Provisional Admission, and Non-Degree Admission. Successful applicants are notified of their classification at the time of admission. Unconditional Admission to graduate study requires A bachelor's degree from a fully accredited four year college or university; A minimum of 2.50 cumulative quality point average (G.P.A.) on a 4.00 point system of grading (or the equivalent in another grading system); An acceptable score on the specified standardized examination; Completion of all undergraduate prerequisites for the selected graduate program; and Acceptance in the program selected for graduate study. Requirements for unconditional admission to a doctoral program or certain graduate programs may be more rigorous. Provisional Admission includes: An applicant who has a limited number of deficiencies in undergraduate course prerequisites but who has attained a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited four-year college or university. These deficiencies must be removed before enrollment in graduate courses of the same series; A graduate of an accredited college or university who has a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher, but who has not taken the specified standardized examination before admission. Applicants admitted to degree programs must take the specified standardized examination in the first semester and prior to admission to candidacy; A graduate of an accredited college or university who presents a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of less than 2.50 at the time of application, along with specified standardized examination scores at an acceptable level as determined by the respective graduate program. To be considered for full admission, those students are required to take nine (9) semester hours of graduate-level course work specified by the Chairperson and/or Graduate Program Director and achieve a quality point average of 3.00 or above. Non-degree admission  Is granted to those who wish to enroll in courses but who do not intend to qualify for a degree. The non-degree admission category includes those enrolling in graduate study for any of the following purposes: To complete certification requirements, To earn hours beyond the Masters degree; To enrich their professional development; or To transfer earned credits to a degree program at another institution. If a student classified as non-degree is subsequently accepted into a Delaware State University graduate degree program, the student may petition to carry forward not more than nine (9) semester hours of credit earned as a non-degree seeking student. Approval/authority rests with the Chairperson and/or Graduate Program Director of the degree program. Submitting an Appeal Regarding Admission  Appeals concerning denial of admission to a graduate program should be submitted as follows: Graduate students should file, in writing, the appeal to the appropriate Chairperson or Graduate Program Director for resolution. The Chairperson or Graduate Program Director shall reply in writing to the student within 10 working days; If the disposition is not favorable, graduate students may submit a final written appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, accompanied by copies of the original appeal and the response. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research shall provide the final decision in writing to the student and the Chairperson or Graduate Program Director within 10 working days. Change of Status      Provisionally admitted students and non-degree students may apply for a change of status upon satisfying all admission requirements. Application for change of status must be submitted to the respective Graduate Program Director, who recommends action to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who notifies the student. Students who are not fully admitted are limited to taking no more than 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward a graduate degree. Transfer of Credit    Applicants who have earned a grade of "B" or higher in graduate courses taken at an accredited institution and related to their proposed program of study can request consideration for transfer credit. These courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the respective Graduate Program. Applicants admitted to master's degree graduate programs may transfer a maximum of nine (9) graduate credits from another accredited institution toward the master's degree provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree previously earned. Transfer credits for applicants admitted to doctoral programs with an earned master's degree from an accredited institution will be evaluated on an individual basis by the department and approved by the Dean of the respective College. Supporting documentation must be provided by the student with the request for transfer of credit. The respective Graduate Program Director and Department Chairperson, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research must give written approval at the time of admission for the transfer credits. The transfer credit must be directly related to the graduate student's program of study, and must have been completed within the time limit allowed by Delaware State University for the graduate degree sought by the applicant. Some graduate programs have special transfer of credit regulations. Students must check with their Graduate Program Director. Transfer of Credits must be made within one year of acceptance. The transfer credit limit does not apply in the case of courses to be taken at another institution that are approved in advance by the respective Graduate Program Director or taken per an approved joint program that includes courses offered at other accredited institutions. Readmission     An application for readmission, together with the current application fee, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by students who wish to return after the lapse of three (3) consecutive terms between the last date of attendance and the next registration. Applicants for re-admission must update their credentials by providing information relevant to any courses taken at other institutions during their absence from the University; transfer limits apply unless other courses were approved in advance by the Graduate Program.

Admissions Information & Requirements

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Admission Philosophy Delaware State University provides admission to qualified Delaware residents, out-of-state residents and international students based on criteria established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the policies of the University. In accordance with our mission, Delaware State University is obligated to identify the level of preparedness of the students it admits, and to establish appropriate policies that ensure accurate placement of students in courses and academic programs that provide the greatest opportunity for success in their academic pursuits. Admission to Delaware State University is granted to all applicants whose academic and individual qualifications demonstrate a proficiency for success at the University.  All applicants are given equal consideration for admission, without regard to race, creed, national origin or disability.  The University reserves the right to close admission when no further space remains. Students who wish to secure admission to the University should apply as soon as possible to ensure that space is available. It is advisable for high school students to apply for admission to the University at the conclusion of their eleventh (11th) grade year when final grades for the year have posted. All degree seeking students must apply formally through the Office of Admissions.  An official notice of eligibility for admission will be sent to each applicant after credentials have been evaluated. If accepted, students must follow the official University enrollment, orientation and registration procedures applicable to academic status. Admission may be granted to applicants who have a certificate or diploma from an accredited four-year school or senior high school. It is recommended that students seeking admission to the University follow a college preparatory curriculum in high school.  Applicants must produce a satisfactory high school record.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale and a 'C' in the 19 minimum course units is required.  Though heavily considered, admission to the University is not granted solely on the basis of grades and test scores.  The University takes a very holistic approach in evaluating applications for admission.  Community service, demonstrated leadership ability, and special talent is also considered when evaluating applications for admission. The following 19 minimum course units are required: English Writing, Literature, and Oral Communication 4 Units Mathematics Courses must include Algebra I & II and Geometry or the equivalent (Recommend a fourth higher math course) 3 Units History One (1) world history and one (1) other history 2 Units Social Studies Civics, American Government, Economics, Geography or Psychology (Two units recommended) 1 Units Science Courses with a laboratory. Must include one (1) or more of the following: Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics 3 Units Foreign Language Recommend within the same language. If within the same language, there must be course progression. 2 Units Electives May include any additional class from subject areas listed above or Art, Theatre/Drama, Music, and/or Computer Science 4 Units The test used for admission purposes is the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The tests taken in December or January of the senior year of secondary school are preferred. Results of tests completed during the junior year are acceptable. Students should submit the three-section SAT or ACT for admission consideration.  Delaware State University requires a minimum SAT score of 800 (math and critical reading sections combined) or better and an ACT composite score of 17 or better.    Non-Graduates of High School The University will consider for applicants for admission who have satisfied high school graduation requirements under the General Education Development (GED) test, once they have completed 12 semester hours of transferable college coursework and met the University's transfer admission requirements.  Applicants must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission. Project Success Program Should an applicant’s grade point average and/or test scores fall below the University’s admission standards, an offer of conditional acceptance may be extended contingent upon the applicant's enrollment in and successful completion of the Project Success Program for conditionally admitted students.  Students are extended this offer at the discretion of the Office of Admissions, 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-time freshmen 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. New Student Orientation It is mandatory for all new students to participate in New Student Orientation to enroll at the University, which includes registering for classes.  Specifically, new freshmen and transfer students complete the orientation process in the summer immediately preceding their first fall semester or the spring date immediately preceding their first spring semester at the University.  New students may complete and return the form enclosed in their acceptance packet or they may download the form from the University’s web site.  A fee of $150.00 is required for all new freshmen and a fee of $100.00 is required for all new transfer students.  Students will not be allowed to participate in New Student Orientation if they have not paid the fee. Please note: Admission criteria is subject to change. Top Basic Application Procedures for Undergraduate Admission All persons pursuing a degree must submit the following: A completed application An application for undergraduate admission may be submitted online. An official high school transcript and college transcript if applicable; SAT or ACT test scores; and Application fee of $35.00 (non-refundable). NOTE:  All of the above items must be submitted to the Office of Admissions before an application is evaluated for admission into the University.  Applicants will be notified if documents are missing, thus hindering the evaluation process. Application Procedures and Policies for Undergraduate Admissions for Transfer Students Applicants who have previously attended another institution of higher education will be considered for admission at the University.  Transfer students must submit the following: A completed online application at www.desu.edu/apply-now; An official final high school transcript; Official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended; SAT or ACT test scores if not transferring in 12 credit hours or more at a GPA of 2.0 or better and a grade of at least a "C" in each transferable course; and Application fee of $35.00 (non-refundable). Transfer students should understand the following: The Admissions Office will consider applications from students seeking to transfer from two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities accredited by their respective regional association. Transfer students must submit transcripts from every college or university that they have attended. Transfer students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA will not be offered admission to DSU. College courses that have been completed more than ten years ago will not be accepted automatically for transfer credit. Acceptance of such courses for transfer credit will be at the discretion of the department in which the equivalent course is offered. The transcript(s) of each accepted transfer student will be evaluated by the chairperson of the department offering the specific subject(s) of courses transferred.  Courses to be transferred must be equivalent to respective courses at Delaware State University, or they may be given elective credit in the subject or general elective credit. Courses will be evaluated by the academic department to determine if or how they might meet the requirements of the DSU General Education Program or of the major program or minor program. Credit will not be granted for correspondence courses. Courses with grades less than 'C' will not be accepted as transfer credit.  Grades of C- will not transfer. Students who have been placed on academic probation at other institutions will not be considered for admission at Delaware State University. Students who are currently academically dismissed, suspended, or placed on probation for disciplinary reasons at other institutions are not permitted to enroll for a degree at Delaware State University.  Students must be in "good standing" at the transferring institution. Application Procedures for Undergraduate Admissions for International Students International students are encouraged to begin the admissions process no later than 60 days prior to the start of classes for the semester for which they are applying.  Please understand that failure to timely comply with the following policies could interfere with the timely processing of a student’s application. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required, however, if English is the official language of your country of origin, SAT and/or ACT test scores will be acceptable.  Students should submit the three-section SAT or ACT for admission consideration.  Delaware State University requires a minimum SAT score of 800 (math and critical reading sections combined) or better and an ACT composite score of 17 or better.   The TOEFL score determines the student’s initial level of English proficiency.  Students must submit a satisfactory score of a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, or a 79-80 on the new internet based TOEFL, 5.5 minimum IELTS score or documentation (i.e., a transcript, certificate of completion of a program, etc.) of satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction. The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test.  Applicants must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission. If educated outside of the continental United States (U.S.) at a non English speaking institution, transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) – ww.wes.org, the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) –www.ece.org, or the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)—www.aacroa.org and forwarded from the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions. All academic records must be converted into their U.S. education equivalents by a University recognized credential agency, to obtain transfer credit for education completed at non U.S. post secondary institutions.  Transcript evaluations must be submitted sealed from the evaluating organization. PLEASE NOTE:  The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request that transcripts from international English speaking institutions be evaluated by WES or any of the other recognized credential agencies if educational equivalency cannot clearly be determined by the Office of Admissions. International applicants must also submit an affidavit of Annual Cash Support with the following attachments:  Proof of sponsor’s employment on employer’s business stationery; Official bank statements in U.S. Dollars no less than two (2) months old; a letter from the bank on letterhead stationary which states the date the account was opened and current balance in U.S. Dollars; or an award letter from the University stating the length of time and amount of the award. International students must not only submit financial documents  that show funds exist to pay the total amount of at least the student’s first year of study, but students’ accounts must be paid in full for the first year of study.  Moreover, except for unanticipated conditions, students must also indicate how they will be supported for the remaining years of his/her program of study.  If residing with a friend or relative, the student must submit an Affidavit of Free Room & Board with the following attachments: Copy of the deed, lease or rent receipts and Proof of sponsor’s employment on employer’s business stationery. Affidavits along with their attachments should be submitted to:  DSU, 1200 N, DuPont Highway, Office of International Student Services, Dover, Delaware, 19901. In-State Permanent Resident A student with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (“Green Card”) has been given permanent residence in the United States as an immigrant, refugee or alien and, therefore, may enroll at any University location for full or part-time study.  Tuition costs are determined by location of residency. Verification of permanent residence status is required at the time of application.  Any student without appropriate identification as a permanent resident of Delaware is required to pay out-of-state tuition and fees. To apply as a student with permanent residency status, please be prepared to submit the following: An application for admission signed by the student; SAT or ACT scores; Sealed original transcripts from secondary and post secondary schools attended; and   A notarized copy of permanent resident status; temporary evidence or actual Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card). To apply as a student with residency status in the State of Delaware, please be prepared to submit the following documents to be used as verification: A notarized copy of your Alien Registration Receipt Card (“Green Card”). If dependent, proof that your parents or guardian has maintained a continuous residence in the State of Delaware for a period of 12 full consecutive months (verified by a deed or lease and/or W-2 Tax Forms) immediately prior to the first day of classes in the semester or session for which Delaware residency status is claimed. If independent, proof that you have maintained continuous residence in the State of Delaware for a period of 12 full consecutive months (verified by deed or lease) immediately prior to the first day of classes in the semester or session for which Delaware resident status is claimed. PLEASE NOTE:  The tax return showing proof that you (or whoever claimed you as a dependent) paid taxes to the State of Delaware for one (1) full year. Independent out-of-state resident who has worked in the State of Delaware for at least 12 consecutive months (excluding work study) may qualify for in-state residence classification (verified by W-2 Tax Forms).   Voter Registration Card International Students with a Student Visa Students who apply to come to the U.S. for the purpose of enrolling at Delaware State University may be issued a Form I-20 A-B Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student by the University after submitting the following documents: An application for admission signed by the student; Sealed official transcripts from secondary and post secondary schools attended; Sealed official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score no more than two (2) years old; and  If necessary, an interview, attended by the student’s local sponsor (if applicable), with the Admissions Coordinator for Transfer and International Students. Application for Student Visa The University issues an I-20 A-B Certificate of Eligibility form to students who qualify for admission.  Students present this form with other documentation to a U.S. Consulate Office in the country where they are applying for a student (F-1) Visa.  Final decision on admission into the U.S. and permitted length of stay is made by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). F-1 Transfer Students Students with an F-1 visa seeking to transfer to Delaware State University from another U.S. institution must submit the following documents and meet the following criteria: A copy of the I-20 from the previous institution; An International Student Transfer Form from the institution previously attended indicating that the student is in good standing and is “in-status” as an international student; An application for admission signed by the student; Sealed official transcripts from secondary and post secondary schools attended; Sealed official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score no more than two (2) years old; and  If necessary, an interview attended by the student’s local sponsor (if applicable) with the Admissions Coordinator for Transfer and International Students may be requested. However, if English is the official language of your country of origin, SAT and/or ACT test scores will be acceptable. Students should submit the three-section SAT or ACT for admission consideration.  Delaware State University requires a minimum SAT score of 800 (math and critical reading sections combined) or better and an ACT composite score of 17 or better.  The TOEFL score determines the student’s initial level of English proficiency.  Students must submit a satisfactory score of a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer based test, or an 84 on the new international based TOEFL or documentation (i.e., a transcript, certificate of completion of a program, etc.) of satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction. The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test.  Applicants must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission. Students with Other Types of Visas Prospective students with a temporary visa status such as J or B (i.e., visitors, business, exchange, etc.) should contact the Office of International Affairs to have their applications approved before registering for classes. Nonimmigrant students, other than F-1 international student visa holders, may take as many credit courses as their admission status permits, as long as the term begins and ends within the duration of stay indicated on the I-94 in their passport.  They are subject to the out-of-state tuition rates.  Refunds will not be issued after the term’s scheduled drop dates.  Additional Overall Information Students with F-1 visas must enroll for a full-time course of study—a minimum of 12 credits hours each term.  Priority application deadlines: April 1 for fall (August) enrollment November 1 for spring (January) enrollment Information obtained in this process is strictly confidential and will not be disclosed unless required by law. Top Online Application A prospective student may also apply online by accessing the University’s web site www.desu.edu  The application fee of $35.00 can also be submitted on-line.  However, all supporting documentation - official transcripts (including high school and any other institutions of higher education), test scores (SAT, ACT, or TOEFL for international students), the completed High School Transcript Request and Evaluation Form and the Additional Application Information form must all be forwarded to the Office of Admissions to complete your admissions packet. The Office of Admission will not evaluate your application until all your complete packet has been submitted. Top Campus Visits The Office of Admissions conducts campus tours. Please call the Office of Admissions Tour Line at (302) 857-6347 or www,desu.edu/tour to schedule a tour. Campus tours are conducted Monday through Friday. Groups are asked to schedule tours at least two weeks in advance. Prospective students are invited to attend Delaware State University’s Open Houses during the fall and spring semesters. These special days provide parents and students with the opportunity to get a closer look at the University, and learn more about the application process, financial aid, scholarships, and campus tours.  Prospective students and their parents also have the opportunity to meet with deans and faculty members.  Check the University web site, www.desu.edu, for dates. Top Applicant Classification Definitions Delaware Resident A student who is a resident of the State of Delaware or whose parent(s) are residents of the State of Delaware is considered a resident of the State. If a Delaware resident graduated from an out-of-state high school, proof of residency must be submitted in order to avoid out-of-state tuition.  Original (or notarized copies) of two (2) of the following items can be submitted to show proof of residency: A completed U.S. Tax Return from the previous year A State of Delaware Driver’s License or Identification Card A State of Delaware Vehicle Registration Card A State of Delaware Voter Registration Card Applicants should indicate residency on their application for admission to the University.  Applicants who are minors are considered to be resident applicants if their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have been residents of Delaware for at least one (1) year. Adult applicants (at least 24 years of age) are considered to be residents of Delaware if they have been residents of the State for at least one (1) year prior to the date of their initial quest for admission to the University. A student, who may have been admitted into the University at non-residency or out-of-state status, may apply for a change in residency status after being enrolled at the University for 12 consecutive months.  A student seeking a change in residency status should complete a Request for Change of Residence Form and submit an original or notarized copy of two (2) of the following supporting documents to the Office of the Registrar: A completed U.S. Tax Return from the previous year Lease or deed  Note:  The aforementioned does not apply to international students. Non-Resident A student who is not a resident of or whose parent(s) are not residents of the State of Delaware. International A student who is not a citizen or immigrant (permanent resident) of the United States of America. International students who are not U.S. citizens or immigrants should have a completed admission application on file three months prior to the beginning of the term in which they intend to enroll. Top Early Bird Program 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. Top Part-Time Students Part-time students are admitted and enroll as degree seeking students but, take less than twelve credit hours per semester. Top Reinstatement of Former Students Students wishing to return to the University after a voluntary or involuntary absence of three (3) or more years must formally reapply to the University through the Office of Admissions. All other returning students should contact the academic department dean or chairperson in the major declared at the time of separation for academic advisement and registration procedures.  If undeclared at the time of separation, students should contact the Office of Mentoring and Advising.  Returning Delaware State University students who have attended other colleges since their last enrollment at Delaware State University must have official transcripts. Top Veterans in Continuing Education Programs All eligible persons desiring to receive educational assistance through the Veteran’s Administration are required to apply for admission to the University as degree-seeking candidates. Top Advanced Placement and Advanced Credit New freshmen that have had the opportunity to do advanced work while in high school may receive college credit for advanced placement work.  Applicants bear the responsibility of informing the Office of Admissions of the AP courses they have taken and the number of transferable credit hours earned. The University offers advanced credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Requests for CLEP credit should be made to the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Office of Testing. Top Articulation Agreements The University has Articulation agreements with selected regionally accredited two-year institutions. The intent of the articulation agreement is to facilitate the smooth transfer of students enrolled in a degree program or associate degree graduates to the upper (junior) level of corresponding major programs at Delaware State University. The basic terms of the Articulation require that the associate degree graduates meet the following admission standards: Complete an associate degree with a minimum of 60 semester hours, exclusive of developmental course work and 'D' course work. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by the transfer college. Follow the appropriate program of study as agreed upon by both Delaware State University and the transfer college. The associate degree holder will not be required to take college entrance exams (neither SAT, nor ACT) prior to transfer to Delaware State University. In order to complete the baccalaureate degree, a student who transfers under this agreement may be required to take no more than 68 additional credits unless: The student changes his/her program upon entering Delaware State University. The combination of additional General Education Requirements, if any, and the requirements of the student’s major at Delaware State University totals more than 68 credits. Under the terms of the articulation agreement, transfer students will be subject to the same requirements as “native” students unless waived. Native students refers to  students who began their undergraduate education at Delaware State University. Top Dual Admissions Program Delaware Tech (DTCC) and Delaware State University (DSU) offer dual admission for students enrolled in DTCC - DSU Connected Degree programs. Connected Degree programs are those associate degree and baccalaureate degree programs that have a current articulation agreement signed by Delaware Tech’s and the University’s Presidents. A list of Connected Degree programs may be obtained from your DTCC advisor or counselor; or by visiting the Delaware State University or DTCC web site. Dual Admission provides services to help students smoothly transfer to DSU to pursue their bachelor’s degree after DTCC graduation. Dual Admission Services Dual Admission provides eligible students with the following services: Admission to DSU while you are completing your associate degree, provided you comply with requirements. Academic advisement and University information at meetings during the fall and spring semesters at each DTCC campus provided by the University about your connected degree which will lead to a bachelor’s degree program. Priority pre-registration in University courses for your first University semester after Delaware Tech graduation. Locked-in bachelor’s degree requirements for the specific Connected Degree program in effect at the time you enter the Dual Admission program. You have the choice of completing bachelor’s degree requirements in effect at the time you signed the Intent- to-Enroll form or of completing new requirements that may go into effect after that time. If a required course is no longer offered, the University will designate a substitute course. However, neither the number of credit hours nor the number of semesters required for degree completion will be increased. Guaranteed placement in University residence halls, if desired, provided you comply with established residence policy and application procedures. Dual Admission Eligibility If you are enrolled in a Delaware Tech – DSU Connected Degree program, you can be conditionally admitted into the University and the designated bachelors degree program provided you: Sign a non-binding, Intent-to-Enroll Form any time after enrolling in the Delaware Tech Connected Degree program and before attaining 30 college credits at Delaware Tech or another college or university Complete the Delaware Tech associate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Do not attend another institution between the time you graduate from Delaware Tech and formally enroll at the University Formally enroll in the University within one year of Delaware Tech associate degree completion. Complete other regular University admissions and Connected Degree requirements. You must inform your DSU advisor in your last semester at Delaware Tech of your planned date of enrolling at DSU and filling out a short form. You must do this by January 31st if your final semester is spring or September 15th if your final semester is fall. Comply with the appropriate enrollment deadlines determined by the University. Financial aid forms must be submitted by February 28th for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring semester. If you wish to live on campus, the application form and deposit must be received by March 30th for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester. You must arrange for Delaware Tech to send your transcript within one week after your graduation. Be sure to send it to DSU Admissions Office, Attn: Dual Admissions. You will be ineligible for Dual Admission, and the benefits that stem from this program, if you: Fail to complete the associate degree portion of the Delaware Tech/University Connected Degree program Fail to adhere to the provisions of the Connected Degree program or the provisions of this agreement Withdraw in writing your Intent-to-Enroll. If you are ineligible for Dual Admission and desire University admission, you may apply for admission under the University’s regular transfer admissions process. DTCC - DSU Connected Degree Programs Criminal Justice Early Childhood Education Human Resources Social Work Business Administration/General Management Math Education Nursing Scholarships Available to DTCC Graduates Students from Delaware Technical and Community College who are transferring to Delaware State University will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. To qualify for the scholarship, the transferring students must have completed an Associate's Degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average and must enroll at DSU with at least a 12-credit hour course schedule. The scholarship compliments the Dual Admission process that allows students who meet the above criteria to be automatically enrolled at as juniors at DSU into a connected degree program. However, the scholarship is also available to other Delaware Tech students who are not a part of that specific program. For more information, contact the DSU Office of Admissions at (302) 857-6351. Once Accepted to the University After acceptance to the University, each student is required to complete the following enrollment steps: Attend New Student Orientation. Submit a complete 'Student Health Form" which includes health history, immunization record (including dates for MMR#1, MMR#2 & PPD), and a recent physical examination signed by a current medical provider. International students must also present proof of health insurance prior to enrolling.  Submit a final official high school transcript, which depicts graduation, to the Office of Admissions by the University's published deadline. Upon evaluation of the final high school transcript, the Admissions Committee may rescind admission for students who have not successfully completed the University’s Minimum Course Unit Requirements or whose GPA falls below a 2.0 cumulatively. Continue to demonstrate a record of exemplary personal conduct. Top Admission Inquiries The Office of Admissions administers all matters relating to the admission of undergraduate students to the University. All inquiries about admission requirements and applications for admission should be addressed to: Delaware State University Office of Admissions 1200 North DuPont Highway Dover, DE 19901 (302) 857-6351 (800) 845-2544 (toll free) (302) 857-6352 (fax) admissions@desu.edu Top

Academic Regulations

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Pre-registration All students returning to Delaware State University following the current semester of attendance should preregister during the period prescribed in the Academic Calendar. Returning students who do not register prior to on-site registration will be assessed a failure to preregister fee. To participate in online registration, students must be advised and obtain their unique alternate registration PIN from their academic department (this PIN is different from the PIN needed to view grades, students accounts and financial aid information). A new registration PIN is assigned to each student for each semester to ensure that all matriculating students are advised prior to registering each term. Top Registration Every student is expected to complete registration before the first day of classes in each semester. Students are advised to see their assigned departmental advisor during the pre-registration period specified in the Academic Calendar to select courses for the next semester. Students are officially registered for a course only when they have completed all procedures applying to registration including making full-payment or satisfactory payment arrangements for any outstanding balance. Students not officially registered for a course will not receive credit for the course at the end of the semester. Students who fail to register prior to the Late Registration period (which begins on the first day of classes) are charged a late registration fee. Returning students who register during the late registration period are assessed a failure to preregister fee and a late registration fee. Top Online Registration It is required that all degree seeking students consult with an advisor prior to registering. Students may have their academic departments continue to enter their registrations and schedule changes (drop/adds) or they may register and make adjustments to their schedule online. To obtain their unique "alternate registration PIN" for registering online, students must see their academic advisor after building their course selections on the pre-printed Schedule Request Form provided in the Registration Guide. To register online, students may visit the University's my.desu.edu web site. Students may view their transcripts as well as student accounts and financial aid information through my.desu.edu web site listed above. Unofficial transcripts and schedules may also be printed. Top Change in Major or Personal Data Students must submit their change of major and personal data (address or telephone number) changes on the appropriate forms available in the Office of Records and Registration as often as necessary. Top Credit Hours Academic work in University courses is measured in semester hours of credit. A semester hour is equal to fifty minutes of recitation or lecture work per week for one semester. A minimum of two hours of laboratory work yields one semester hour. Credit will not be accepted for a course in which a student is not officially registered, nor will credit be granted for the same course twice. Top Classification of Students 0-29 Hours Freshman 30-59 Hours Sophomore 60-89 Hours Junior 90 Hours and above Senior Top Grading System A grade is reported for each course in which a student is enrolled. The grade is an indication of the quality of the student's performance in a course. Mid-semester and final grades will be issued to all students for all courses enrolled. Final grades become a part of the student's permanent record and are used in computing grade point averages. If a student repeats a course, the highest grade in the course is calculated in the grade point average (GPA). The lower grade earned in the course is disregarded when calculating the GPA, but is not deleted from the student's record. On the student's transcript, an "E" placed next to a course indicated the repetition of a course excluded from the GPA and an "I" indicates the repetition of a course included in the GPA. The GPA is computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of GPA hours earned. Non-traditional grades including grades of I, W, WA, AU, S, U, and P are not computed in the GPA. Grade changes must be approved by the dean of the college or school in which the student is a major during the semester of instruction immediately following the semester the grade was issued. Grade changes for undecided majors must be approved by the dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. All grade changes submitted later than the succeeding semester must be approved by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. Approved grade changes will be forwarded to the Office of Records and Registration for processing. The grading system at Delaware State University is shown below: Grade Quality Points Explanation A 4.00 Excellent B 3.00 Good C 2.00 Fair D 1.00 Poor F 0.00 Failure WF 0.00 Withdrawal/Fail I (Not Computed in GPA) Incomplete W (Not Computed in GPA) Withdrew WA (Not Computed in GPA) Administrative Drop AU (Not Computed in GPA) Audit - Not Taken For Credit S (Not Computed in GPA) Satisfactory U (Not Computed in GPA) Unsatisfactory P (Not Computed in GPA) Pass Top Removal of Incompletes Incomplete course work due to reasons clearly beyond the control of the student will yield the grade "I." This grade must be removed by the end of the first six weeks of the next semester, otherwise the grade "I" is automatically changed to "F" by the Office of Records and Registration. Academically suspended students who have "incompletes" may register only if they have removed the incompletes and achieved the necessary 2.00 average no later than the last day of the late registration period. No student may graduate with an "I" grade or In Progress on his or her transcript. Top Academic Load A normal load is twelve to nineteen (12-19) credit hours per semester. The normal load may be exceeded under the following circumstances: On the recommendation of the Academic Advisor, the Department Chairperson may approve as many as nineteen (19) hours if the curriculum of the department specifically calls for more than eighteen (18) hours. On the recommendation of the Academic Advisor and on the approval of both the Department Chairperson and the appropriate Academic Dean, a student may schedule an overload not to exceed twenty-three (23) hours if all of the following conditions are met: 1) The student has a 3.00 cumulative average (minimum); 2) if during the previous semester, the student carried twelve (12) or more hours; and 3) if while carrying 12 or more hours during the previous semester, he/she did not fail any course and earned a 3.00 grade point average (minimum). Top Overload Fee For all course overloads, students will pay a fee equivalent to the cost-per-credit for each hour that exceeds nineteen (19) credits. Top Full-Time Status The minimum course load for full-time status is twelve (12) credit hours per semester. A full-time student is normally expected to complete thirty (30) credit hours of course-work each academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer terms); and must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours of course work each academic year to qualify for financial aid. In addition, full-time students must meet the academic regulations stated elsewhere on this page. Top Class Attendance Policy Regular class attendance is a vital part of the educational process. Students are required to attend all classes. If a faculty member chooses to evaluate attendance as part of a grade for a course, such a policy must be written in the syllabus, which is distributed at the beginning of a course. The policy must state what part of the course grade is based on attendance and how individual absences will be assessed. If a faculty member declines to integrate attendance as part of a course grade, under no circumstances may a student's final grade be reduced solely because of class absences. The Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs issues excuses for students who are absent from classes due to participation in official University related activities or on University related travel. In all other cases, only the instructor can approve a student's request to be excused from class. Top Adding and Dropping Classes Online Eligible students without financial holds are permitted to add and drop classes online at the University's my.desu.edu web site. The approval to adjust the course schedule online must be obtained from the student's academic advisor prior to going online to adjust his/her schedule. Adding Classes To add a class, students may go online after obtaining approval from their academic advisor or department chair or follow the steps below: Obtain a Notice of Class Change form (Drop/Add Slip) from the academic department Complete the student and class information parts of the form Obtain the signatures of the appropriate instructor and the appropriate advisor/chairperson Submit the completed form to the Office of Records and Registration. The effective date of the add is the date the slip is filed in the Records Office The deadline for adding classes is outlined in the Academic Calendar. Exceptions to the deadline period set forth shall be allowed only in cases involving extraordinary circumstances. Such exceptions shall be at the sole discretion of the appropriate academic dean. Top Dropping Classes To drop a class, students may go online after obtaining approval from their academic advisor or department chair or follow the steps below: 1. Through the End of Late Registration a. Obtain the Notice of Class Change form (Drop Slip) from the academic department. b. Have instructors and advisors/chairs sign and date the form c. Submit the form to the Office of Records and Registration. The effective date of the drop is the date the slip is filed in the Records Office. Courses dropped prior to the end of the Late Registration Period will not appear on the student's grade report or transcript. See the Refund Policy statement to determine financial responsibility, if any, for courses dropped during this period. 2. After Late Registration through the Scheduled Last Day for Dropping Classes a. Obtain the Notice of Class Change form (Drop Slip) from the academic department. b. Have instructors and advisors/chairs sign and date the form c. Submit the form to the Office of Records and Registration. The effective date of the drop is the date the slip is filed in the Records Office. The dropped course will appear on the grade report and transcript with a grade of "W" for "Withdrew." See the Refund Policy statement to determine financial responsibility, if any, for courses dropped during this period. 3. After the Scheduled Last Day for Dropping Classes and up to the Last Week of Classes. a. Obtain the Notice of Class Change form (Drop Slip) from the academic department b. Have instructors and advisors/chairs sign and date the form c. Students must obtain the signature of the dean of the school/college. The dean is the only University official who may approve the dropping of a class at this point in the semester. The appropriate dean shall permit students who officially request to drop specific classes from their academic schedules to do so only in cases involving extraordinary circumstances that are clearly beyond the control of the students making such a request. In no case shall a student be permitted to drop a class for any reason that relates exclusively to academic performance. d. Submit the form to the Office of Records and Registration. The course will appear on the grade report and transcript with a grade of "WA" for "Administrative Withdrawal." Top Withdrawal from the University To withdraw from the University, students must follow the steps listed below: Official Withdrawal from the University Obtain a Withdrawal From the University form from the Registrar Office Complete the form in its entirety and turn it in to a Records and Registration representative. A student who withdraws from the University on or prior to the last day to withdraw from the University will receive a grade of "W" in each course for which he/she is enrolled at that time. Administrative Withdrawal from the University If a student, for some compelling reason (such as a documented extreme personal difficulty or documented medical reason), requests to be administratively withdrawn from the University beyond the official withdrawal deadline  for a given semester , then that student must follow the procedure listed below.  Administrative withdrawal from the University is rarely granted, but some students’ circumstances may require it.  The provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs confirm the approval for administrative withdrawal from the University: Student must submit in writing the request for administrative withdrawal from the University, along with documentation, to the appropriate academic dean.  The request must state the reason(s) for the request and specify the semester to be withdrawn.  The dean submits his or her recommendation to the provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs. If the provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs approve the request, then the student is reported to the Office of Records and Registration as “Administratively Withdrawn” and a grade of “WA” is assigned for all courses taken during that semester.  The provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs will also inform the student in writing of his/her decision.  A student who withdraws from the University on or prior to the last day to withdraw from the University will receive a grade of “W” in each course for which he/she is enrolled at that time.  A student who officially withdraws from the University at any time after the last publicized date for withdrawal from the University will receive a “WA” grade in all courses for that semester. Note:  If a student has received financial aid, including a refund, from Title IV funds and completed less than sixty (60) percent of the semester from which he/she wishes to withdraw, then that student must refund the percentage of financial aid corresponding to the percentage of the semester the student has not completed. Top Auditing Persons who wish to attend a course without receiving credit for it must obtain the approval of the instructor and the academic advisor. As auditors, students are entitled to the advisory services of the instructor. Persons with a full-time load pay no additional fees for auditing. Persons carrying less than a twelve (12) credit-hour load are charged the per credit hour fee for the course. The final grade of "AU" is assigned to the course and does not affect the grade point average. Courses taken for audit do not count toward full-time enrollment nor for financial aid eligibility. Official requests to audit a course are accepted by the Office of Records and Registration during the period between pre-registration and late registration (the period for submitting a request to audit a course coincides with the add period). The Notice of Class Change form (Drop/Add Slip) should be used to change a course to audit status. Top Major Academic Advisors Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor by their academic department. At a minimum, the advisor will meet with the student each semester during preregistration and officially approve the program of study before the student registers online or in the academic department. Top Satisfactory Academic Program Please use the following link to have access to the new regulations: http://www.desu.edu/satisfactory-academic-progress-sap Top Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal A student on probation who fails to earn a 2.00 average at the following semester will be suspended academically.  At the expiration of the period a student may apply for readmission on probation.  The student must complete a minimum of nine (9) semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (“C”) or better during the semester of his/her reinstatement.  If a student on probation fails to earn the necessary 2.00 average, he/she will be dismissed from the University. He/she may apply to the Office of Admissions for reinstatement if he or she successfully completes twelve semester hours with an average of 2.00 (“C”)  in summer school at the University or attends another accredited institution and completes twenty-four semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (“C”) or better. A student on probation will be allowed to take no more than thirteen semester hours.  Students on academic probation and have incompletes in courses taken the previous semester will not be permitted to register until the incompletes are removed and an average of 2.00 is achieved. A student whose grade point average is below 1.70 at the end of any semester shall be placed on academic probation for the succeeding semester unless the student’s cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or greater.  A student on probation is ineligible to hold elective positions or to represent the University in any capacity. Students with academic probationary status or students who are academically suspended may attend summer school at Delaware State University.  The grades earned in summer school will be computed with the grades of the last semester that the student was enrolled to determine the academic standing of the student.  Top General Probation Any student who has been dismissed, suspended, or placed on disciplinary probation may not represent the University in any public activity nor hold any elective office or appointment of responsibility during the semester affected. Top Final Examinations Examinations are required in each course. Final examinations will be administered during the final examination period in the academic calendar of that academic year. A final examination schedule is available at the Registration link on Delaware State University website, www.desu.edu, and on the myDESU page of the website . Top Foreign Language All students are required to take at least three credit hours of one foreign language to satisfy the General Education Program requirements. Top Lifetime Fitness and Wellness All students are required to take a two (2) credit hour lifetime fitness and wellness course as part of the General Education curricula. This course is modified when the need exists for those individuals who are unable to participate in normal physical activity or for those individuals who are non-traditional students. Top Electives A student may select the minimum designated number of electives based on interests and major departmental requirements. Selecting required or free electives should be done in consultation with the faculty advisor. Top Transcript Requests A transcript of a student's academic record is released to a third party upon the written signed request of the student. A Transcript Request form is available on the web site. In accordance with the Family Educational and Privacy Act (FERPA), exceptions to this include release of academic records to University officials with legitimate educational interests and transfer institutions. An official transcript, one bearing the seal and Registrar's signature, is sent from the Office of Records and Registration directly to the official or institution specified by the student. All enrolled students are entitled to five free transcripts during their matriculation at the university. Once enrolled students have exceeded their first five free transcripts, they are to pay the normal fee for transcripts. The transcript request fee is $10.00 per transcript. A request for a transcript normally will be processed within five (3) to seven (5) business days, except during peak work periods such as registration, preregistration, final examinations, and commencement. Transcripts submitted by the student from other institutions become the property of Delaware State University and are not reissued or copied for release. Requests for other institutions' transcripts must be made directly to the respective institution. Top Notification of Rights under FERPA for Delaware State University Students The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are: (1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. (2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. (3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Delaware State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-4605 Top Directory Information The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits the release of directory-type information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student provided the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure. The University releases, upon inquiry to third parties outside the University, directory information without written consent of the student. Directory information includes name, address, telephone number, college, class, major, dates of attendance, and degree, honors, and awards conferred. Students may withhold directory information by going to the Office of Records and Registration. Note: While the withholding request may be made at any time, students wishing to have directory information withheld from the student directory should submit their requests no later than three weeks prior to the first day of fall semester classes. Top Academic Honors The President's and Dean's Lists The President's List will honor those students who have distinguished themselves by earning a 4.0 in all their classes for the semester. Students must carry and pass a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours, earning a grade of "A" in all classes. The Dean's List includes students who have earned a scholastic average of 3.25 to 3.99 and have completed twelve (12) or more degree (earned) credit hours at the end of the semester Any grade of Incomplete will disqualify a student from the President's List or the Dean's List. Graduation With Honors Honor is awarded at graduation to the candidate who has attended the University for at least three years (90 semester hours) and has 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 and if the lower of the two indices is a scholastic average of 3.50 or greater. Top Graduation Requirements 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. Of the minimum total of 120 semester hours, fifty-two (52) hours of General Education courses must be completed by the candidate. General Education Program Requirements are available for viewing on the web site. Grades and Grade Point Averages 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") grade point average for the last thirty (30) semester hours of work at the University. Residence Requirement A candidate for the baccalaureate degree must complete the last thirty (30) semester hours of credit 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. 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 a 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) degree will be granted, but both fields of study will be listed on the degree. 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 requirement 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. Application for Graduation Students who intend to participate in Commencement exercises in December or May should file an application for graduation and audit in the Office of Records and Registration by September 16 (for December) and February 3 (for May).  Students who intend to graduate in the summer should file an application for graduation and audit in the Office of Records and Registration by August 1.  Each student who applies for graduation will be assessed a graduation fee (NO EXCEPTIONS).  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 15 for fall, May 15 for spring, and August 15 for summer. Degrees are conferred twice a year during the University’s annual Commencement exercises in December and May.  All summer and December graduates are eligible to participate in the graduation exercises in December and all others in May; students can only participate in one.    Diplomas will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the award date and Official transcripts will be available after the award date.  Any student who fails to graduate for their appropriate term will need to re-submit a new application and audit for the new graduation date (NO EXCEPTIONS). Participation in Graduation Exercises Students may participate in the Commencement exercises only if they satisfy the following conditions: File the application and audit for graduation by the application deadline (see application calendar). Enroll in and successfully complete all academic requirements for graduation prior to Commencement. Satisfy all financial obligations to the University. Complete the Financial Aid Exit. Resolve all “incomplete” and “in progress” from transcript.  Satisfy all holds placed on the student’s account. A student is ultimately responsible for his or her own academic progress. Top Campus Security Delaware State University is committed to assisting all members of the Delaware State University community in providing for their own safety and security. Information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as, crime prevention, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, crime statistics for the most recent three-year period, and disciplinary procedure is available on the DSU website at http://archives.desu.edu/docs/year/police/2006CleryWeb.pdf. If you would like a booklet containing this information, you can contact a representative of the DSU Department of Public Safety at 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Public Safety Bldg., Dover, DE 19901 or by phone at (302) 857-6290. Top

International Admissions

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Application Procedures for Undergraduate Admissions for International Students International students are encouraged to begin the admissions process no later than 60 days prior to the start of classes for the semester for which they are applying.  Please understand that failure to timely comply with the following policies could interfere with the timely processing of a student’s application. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. However, if English is the official language of your country of origin, SAT and/or ACT test scores will be acceptable. Students should submit the three-section test for consideration for admission.  Delaware State University requires a minimum SAT score of 800 (math and critical reading sections combined) or better and an ACT composite score of 17 or better.  The TOEFL score determines the student’s initial level of English proficiency.  Students must submit a satisfactory score of a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, or a 79-80 on the new internet based TOEFL, 5.5 minimum IELTS score or documentation (i.e., a transcript, certificate of completion of a program, etc.) of satisfactory completion of an intensive curriculum of English instruction. The University will also consider international applicants who have taken the General Education Development (GED) test.  Applicants must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission.  If educated outside of the continental United States (U.S.) at a non English speaking institution, transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) – ww.wes.org, the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) –www.ece.org, or the Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)—www.aacroa.org and forwarded from the evaluating organization to the Office of Admissions. All academic records must be converted into their U.S. education equivalents by a University recognized credential agency, to obtain transfer credit for education completed at non U.S. postsecondary institutions.  Transcript evaluations must be submitted sealed from the evaluating organization. PLEASE NOTE:  The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request that transcripts from international English speaking institutions be evaluated by WES or any of the other recognized credential agencies if educational equivalency can not clearly be determined by the Office of Admissions. International applicants must also submit an affidavit of Annual Cash Support with the following attachments: Proof of sponsor’s employment on employer’s business stationery; Official bank statements in U.S. Dollars no less than two (2) months old; a letter from the bank on letterhead stationary which states the date the account was opened and current balance in U.S. Dollars; or an award letter from the University stating the length of time and amount of the award. International students must not only submit financial documents  that show funds exist to pay the total amount of at least the student’s first year of study, but students’ accounts must be paid in full for the first year of study.  Moreover, except for unanticipated conditions, students must also indicate how they will be supported for the remaining years of his/her program of study. If residing with a friend or relative, the student must submit an Affidavit of Free Room & Board with the following attachments Copy of the deed, lease or rent receipts and Proof of sponsor’s employment on employer’s business stationery. Affidavits along with their attachments should be submitted to:  DSU, 1200 N, Dupont Highway, Office of International Student Services, Dover, Delaware, 19901.

Transfer Student Admissions

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Delaware State University understands the unique needs of undergraduate transfer students. They have busy schedules and need to make quick decisions-- the admissions process needs to be clear and simple and a designated Transfer Coordinator is needed to ease the process. Application Procedures and Policies  Applicants who have previously attended other institutions of higher education will be considered for admission at the University.   Application Procedures The following materials are needed from Transfer Students in order to be considered for DSU admission: A completed application and non-refundable application fee of $35.00; An official final high school transcript; Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; SAT or ACT test scores if  not transferring in 12 credit hours or more at a GPA of 2.0 or better; and Application Guidelines The following guidelines will help transfer students know whether they meet DSU’s 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 must be 2.00 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. See college and university course transfer equivalency information: CollegeTransfer.Net.  For specific courses Delaware State University accepts, please visit here. Click here to see how courses transfer from Delaware Tech.  Disclaimer
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Transfer Coordinator

Pia Stokes is DSU’s coordinator for transfer, international and graduate students and can be reached at 302.857.7147 or email.


Transfer Wednesdays

DSU is pleased to announce special visitation days just for transfer students. 

 

Local Accommodations

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Best Western Galaxy Inn 1700 E. Lebanon Rd. 302.735.4700 Near Dover Air Force Base Comfort Suites 1654 N. DuPont Highway 302.736.1204 Very close to DSU behind Bob Evans Restaurant Dover Inn 428 N. DuPont Highway 302.674.4011 Near the Golden Corral restaurant Dover Budget Inn 1426 N. DuPont Hwy. 302.734.4433 Very close to DSU near Dover Mall Hampton Inn 1568 N. DuPont Highway 302.736.3500 Very close to DSU in front of Sam's Club Howard Johnson Dover 561 N. DuPont Highway 302.678.8900 Near Lone Star Steakhouse Red Roof Inn 652 N. DuPont Hwy. 302.730.8009 Near Family Restaurant Microtel Inns & Suites, Dover DE 1703 Lebanon Road 302.674.3800 Country Inn and Suites 302.677.0505 764 Leipsic Road Behind Pizza Hut Comfort Inn of Dover 222 S. DuPont Hwy. 302.674.3300 Behind TGI Friday's Days Inn 272 N. DuPont Highway 302.674.8002 Near the Olive Garden restaurant Dover Downs Hotel & Casino 1131 N. DuPont Hwy. 866.473.7378 Across the street from DSU The Fairfield Inn & Suites 655 N. DuPont Hwy. 302.677.0900 Holiday Inn Express 1780 N. DuPont Highway 302.678.0600 Just off the Route 1 exit 104 behind McDonald's Ramada Inn 348 N. DuPont Highway 302.734.5701 Across from Red Lobster     Hilton Garden Inn - Dover 1706 N. DuPont Highway 302.674.3784 New - Opening end Oct 2008    

International Student Services

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International Student Services The International Student Program provides programs and services that promote the academic and personal growth and development of international students. To accomplish this, the Office of International Students will provide: (1) Thorough information on immigration regulations. (2) Assessment of needs of international students and respond to those needs to the extent that our resources will allow. (3) Professional services to students in the areas of counseling, advising and assistance in complying with government regulations. (4) Educational programs to enhance positive interaction between domestic and international students. international students are accepted according to a percentage which is based on the total full-time enrollment. The University is required to meet its obligations to qualified Delaware students before reaching its maximum enrollment of out-of-state and foreign students. The University considers for admission international students whose transcripts are cleared as satisfactory by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and who have made satisfactory scores (minimum 550) on the TOEFL Examination. Students desiring to enter the university should forward their transcripts early in the year preceding the semester in which they desire to enter. International students are totally responsible for their financial obligations, and they must also present proof of health insurance prior to enrolling.

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