Motto in English
|Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve|
|Type||Public, Land Grant, HBCU|
|Established||May 15, 1891|
|Colors||Columbia blue and Red|
|NCAA Division I – MEAC|
Delaware State University (DSU or Del State) is a public historically black university in Dover, Delaware. DSU also has two satellite campuses, one in Wilmington and one in Georgetown. The university encompasses four colleges and a diverse population of undergraduate and advanced-degree students. Delaware State University is a Carnegie Classification R2 research university. In July of 2020, it was announced that Delaware State University to officially acquire Wesley College.
The Delaware College for Colored Students was established on May 15, 1891, by the Delaware General Assembly. The name was changed to the State College for Colored Students by state legislative action in 1893 to eliminate confusion with Delaware College, which was attended by whites in Newark, Del. It first awarded degrees in 1898. In 1945, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education awarded the college provisional accreditation. Three years later, the institution became Delaware State College by legislative action. Although its accreditation was revoked in 1949, it was regained in 1957. On July 1, 1993, the institution changed its name yet again, this time to Delaware State University.
Delaware State University is one of the only historically black colleges and universities to have a no-smoking policy. In 2015 the university began phasing out smoking on campus by restricting it to four designated areas and providing educational resources on smoking cessation tools and programs. In August 2015 it implemented a completely tobacco-free policy. In 2017, the university received the ACAS Health Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts. The award was jointly presented by the Public Health Service Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, the Truth Initiative, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking and the Arizona NAACP.
The 400-acre (1.6 km2) main campus in Dover, the capital of Delaware, is an approximate two-hour motor drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City. There are two satellite campuses in Wilmington and Georgetown.
The main campus in Dover contains thirty buildings, including:
There are seven campus residential halls: three for women, and three for men. There are also three apartment-style residence halls for upperclassmen. They include:
Two dining halls serve the more than 1,500 on-campus students.
As a part of the Internet2 initiative, the university maintains several research computer laboratories including a high-performance computational cluster in its DESAC center. Almost every building has a computer lab and each student has a dedicated data port for internet access, their own phone, a campus email address, and cable television access in all residence hall rooms. Most campus buildings also offer wireless connectivity.
DSU is one of 148 schools in the country to receive Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. The university owns two farms near Kenton and Smyrna, and has an Airway Science Program based at Delaware Air Park in Cheswold.
|Wesley P. Webb||1891–1895|
|William C. Jason||1895–1923|
|Richard S. Grossley||1923–1942|
|Howard D. Gregg||1942–1949|
|Maurice E. Thomasson||1949-1950,
|Oscar J. Chapman||1950–1951|
|Jerome H. Holland||1953–1960|
|Luna I. Mishoe||1960–1987|
|William B. DeLauder||1987–2003|
|Allen L. Sessoms||2003–2008|
|Claibourne D. Smith||2008-2010||(Acting president)|
|Harry L. Williams||2010–2017|
|Wilma Mishoe||Jan. 1, 2018–June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018–Dec. 2019
|Tony Allen||Feb. 2020–present|
Dr. Wilma Mishoe became the 11th president of Delaware State University on July 1, 2018, after serving the previous six months as the interim president. As the daughter of the institution's seventh president Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, she is the first woman to serve as a permanent president in the history of Delaware State University. She previously served from 2015-2018 as a member of the University's Board of Trustees; in July 2018 she was elected as the Board's chairperson, the first woman to be elected to that top Board office in the institution's history.
The business and affairs of the university are governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has all the powers accorded it by Title 14, Chapter 65 of the Delaware Code. The Board consists of 15 members whose appointment or election is provided for in the Delaware Code, and the governor of the state and the president of the university, both of whom shall be members of the board, ex officio, with the right to vote.
The university consists of four colleges:
The university offers 42 undergraduate degrees, 21 graduate degrees, and five doctoral degrees (interdisciplinary applied mathematics and mathematical physics, applied chemistry, neuroscience and optics, and educational leadership). The university also offers several cooperative and dual degree programs. Students receive instruction in classes with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. About 83 percent of undergraduates receive scholarships, grants, loans or work-study income. It has a traditional Honors Program and a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Honors Program to increase the number of students in science interested in pursuing biomedical research and obtaining doctor of philosophy degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and biopsychology.
In addition to satisfying the requirements for the major or majors and any minor, all undergraduates are required to complete the General Education Program, which includes: seven core courses, twelve foundation courses (across the curriculum), and the Senior Capstone Experience.
Accreditations include the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Accreditation Council for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CCDE). The university's College of Business is accredited nationally and internationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
DSU's Aviation Program provides students with education and experience in preparation for careers in the aviation industry. Curricula in the program lead to a B.Sc. degree with concentrations in Aviation Management or Professional Pilot. Professional Pilot graduates will complete their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine and Certified Flight Instructor ratings while earning their bachelor's degree.
Delaware State operates the only full-service, university-based flight school in the mid-Atlantic area. The Aviation program is approved by the State of Delaware Education Department for Veterans Flight Training.
The institution has greatly increased its research endeavors over the past several years, as it has developed the research infrastructure needed to attract federal grants for projects in the following DSU Research Centers and in the sciences and mathematics: 1) Applied Mathematics Research Center, numerical analysis of partial differential equations, analytical methods in solid mechanics, wavelet analysis, NURBS methods of computer geometric design, nonlinear PDEs, topology; 2) The Center for Applied Optics, as well as The Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA) (a National Science Foundation-Center for Research Excellence (NSF-CREST)), optical science and laser physics (including Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy); 3) Center for Applied Optics for Space Science (CAOSS) (a National Aeronautics and Space Administration University Research Center (NASA-URC)); 4) additional physics, including mathematical physics, plasma physics, theoretical physics, fluid dynamics, high pressure materials, semiconductor materials and devices, geophysics; 4) Hydrogen storage and Fuel cell Chemistry Center, biochemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, synthetic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy, electrochemistry, phospholipases; 5) IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (NIH-INBRE), cell biology, microbiology, molecular mechanisms of neuronal function, neurobiology and behavior, nanobioscience, RNA sequencing; 6) biotechnology; 7) Delaware Center for Scientific and Applied Computation, computer science and bioinformatics, data mining and machine learning, combinatorics, spatial-temporal statistics, artificial neural networks); 8) neuroscience; and 9) environmental sciences; among others.
Major grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other granting agencies.
|U.S. News & World Report||293-381|
|Master's University class|
DSU is ranked 13th among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. News & World Report (2020). In 2018, the College of Business at DSU was named to the Princeton Review's Best Business Schools for the tenth consecutive year (2009-2018).
The university has over thirty formal international partnerships with institutions in countries including China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland and the UK which facilitate research and conference collaborations as well as student exchanges.
The university fields teams, who are known as the Hornets, in:
The athletic programs participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA)'s Division I (FCS for football). The Hornets compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as full members since the conference was founded in 1970.
The university's Department of Intramural Sports provides a wide variety of quality recreational programs for students, faculty and staff.
|Reggie Barnes||1988||Canadian Football League running back, various teams, 1990–1996|
|Clyde Bishop||U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands, 2006–2009|
|Clifford Brown||trumpet virtuoso, composer, an influential and highly rated American jazz musician|
|George F. Budd||President, St. Cloud State University, 1952–1965; president, Kansas State College of Pittsburg (since 1977, Pittsburg State University), 1965–1977|
|Robin Christiansen||mayor of Dover since 2014, city councilman from 1983 to 2001, and council president and vice mayor from 1990 to 2001|||
|Emanual Davis||1991||former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks, and Seattle SuperSonics|
|Wayne Gilchrest||1973||U.S. Representative for Maryland's 1st congressional district, 1990–2009|
|Jamaal Jackson||2003||National Football League offensive lineman, Philadelphia Eagles, 2003-2010|
|Maxine R. Lewis||1973||publicist, ABC television network|
|Robert London||1998||National Football League sports agent|
|Shaheer McBride||2008||National Football League wide receiver|
|Darnerien McCants||2001||National Football League wide receiver|
|Marlene Saunders||1967||2008 Delaware social worker of the year; also professor, scholar and historian|
|Sam Shepherd||1975||represented Venezuela in basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics|||
|Harley F. Taylor||1929||housing developer and creator of oldest African-American housing development in Dover, Delaware|
|John Taylor||1986||National Football League wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers, 1987–1995|
|Bonsu Thompson||Editor-In-Chief, The Source magazine|
|Walter Tullis||National Football League wide receiver, Green Bay Packers|
|David G. Turner||1986||executive, Bank of America, recognized by Fortune magazine in 2002 as one of the "50 most powerful black executives in America"|
|Ralph Wesley||2003||public address announcer for the Washington Wizards|||
|Kailyn Lowry||2017||16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom 2|