Delaware State University

Dover, DE
School Type:
4-year, Public
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1891
  • Enrollment: 5,826
  • Mascot: Hornets
  • Colors: Red and Columbia Blue
  • Motto: Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Delaware State University, nestled in the city of Dover, Delaware, boasts a storied history that began in 1891. Initially established as the State College for Colored Students, it was one of the early land-grant educational institutions dedicated to the higher education of African Americans. Over the years, it has evolved from a small college into a comprehensive university, reflecting its commitment to providing quality education and expanding opportunities for a diverse student body. Today, Delaware State University serves a vibrant community of approximately 5,826 students, offering a wide range of academic programs, including certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees.

The university's motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve," encapsulates its mission to educate and prepare students to make meaningful contributions to society. Delaware State University is particularly renowned for its programs in Aviation, Business Administration, Biology, Mass Communications, Kinesiology, and Nursing. The campus, which offers campus housing, provides a supportive and dynamic environment for its students, fostering both academic and personal growth. The university's spirit is proudly represented by its mascot, the Hornets, and its colors, red and Columbia blue. In athletics, Delaware State University competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), with its athletic teams known as the Hornets. Delaware State University continues to be a significant institution in Delaware, dedicated to excellence in education and service.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (302) 857-6351  
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  • Financial Aid: (302) 857-6250  
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Popular Majors
  • Aviation
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Mass Communications
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing

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NCAA Division I - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Team Name: Hornets

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Northeast Conference)
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Golf (Northeast Conference)
  • Lacrosse (Northeast Conference)
  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Equestrian (Eastern College Athletic Conference)
  • Soccer (Northeast Conference)
  • Triathlon (Independent)

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