A Proud Legacy, a Promising Future

DSU enjoys a long history as one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, DSU is proud of our heritage as one of the country’s first land-grant educational institutions. Today, we’re a welcome center of learning for students from many backgrounds. Our current population includes a 61% African-American enrollment and an increasing number of Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian and other international students.

Our History

DSU offers a unique blend of past, present and future. Walk through our 356-acre campus and you’ll see centuries-old buildings. At the same time, you’ll find some of the country’s most skilled researchers discovering new innovations in the fields of medicine, military defense, agriculture and much more.

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Our Programs

DSU currently offers 8 associate and 47 undergraduate degree options, an impressive number for a school our size. We also offer 24 master’s degree programs and 7 doctoral degree programs in areas such as interdisciplinary applied mathematics/mathematical physics and educational leadership.

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Our Students

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds. Our current enrollment stands at 6,218, 87% of whom are undergraduate students. Our ratio of male to female students is 66:34, and 47% live on campus in our residence halls.

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Outstanding Leadership and External Relations

DSU is guided by a committed group of individuals who uphold the highest ideals of our mission to provide quality education at a competitive cost.

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Location, Location, Location

DSU’s main campus is located in the historic city of Dover, the capital of Delaware. Arguably one of the best-kept secrets on the East Coast, Dover provides a small-town feel for students who want to learn without the distractions of an urban campus. Yet, we’re only 1.5 hours away from major cities, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC, and a short drive to popular Rehoboth and Ocean City beaches. Our students truly enjoy the best of both worlds.

Main Campus: Dover, DE

Nestled in a small town, DSU is able to provide a comprehensive four-year education at a competitive cost and value compared to other schools in the region.

Location and Directions

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DSU Downtown

On July 1, 2021, history was made when Delaware State University acquired what was formerly Wesley College. 

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DSU Online

Rest assured that you’ll receive as much support — and feel as connected to our learning community — as the students who study on campus.

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DSU Wilmington

Advance your career at our Wilmington location by enrolling in one of our master’s programs.

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Delaware State University Riverfront

The location headquarters the University’s School of Graduate, Adult, and Extended Studies, a new partnership with the Teen Warehouse for its workforce development center, and an incubation hub for micro and small businesses with a particular focus on minority and women-owned companies.