DSU President Harry L. Williams said while the record enrollment is exciting news, it is only one of many accomplishments to come.
For the second consecutive year, Delaware State University broke its enrollment record with a fall semester 2011 total enrollment of 4,178 students – which marks the first time the institution has gone over the 4,000 threshold
The record 4,178 enrollment surpasses the previous record of 3,819 set in in the fall of 2010. The 2011 enrollment included 3,745 undergraduates, 333 master’s degree students, and 101 doctoral students.
The University also set a record this fall of 1,086 new freshmen, exceeding the previous record of 940 new first-year students in 2005.
DSU President Harry L. Williams said the record enrollment is clearly a reflection that “it is an exciting time” to be at DSU.
“While it is great to see the growth, it is just the beginning. We are continuing to work towards the fulfillment of the University’s vision statement we established last year, and we are developing a new strategic plan and a facilities master plan,” Dr. Williams said. “We are looking at how we can sustain this growth and continue to move up in the rankings.”
The DSU president noted that the University received more than 9,000 applications from prospective students this year. “A lot of students want to be a part of DSU,” he said.
Last month it was announced that DSU has moved up from 17th to 15th in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.