|Motto||"Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve"|
|Type||Privately governed, state-assisted historically black land-grant research university|
|Established||May 15, 1891|
|Endowment||$43 million (2021)|
|Campus||Small city, 706 acres (2.86 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and red|
Delaware State University (DSU or Del State) is a privately governed, state-assisted historically black land-grant research 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 classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".
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, Delaware. 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 Although its accreditation was revoked in 1949, it was regained in 1957.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 first 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.
On July 1, 2021, Delaware State University officially finalized its acquisition of Wesley College, a 157-year-old private institution founded by the Methodist Church in 1873. This acquisition makes Delaware State the first historically Black university to acquire an institution that is not a historically Black college or university. The university has renamed the former Wesley campus "DSU Downtown" (reflecting its close proximity to Downtown Dover) and has relocated most of its College of Health and Behavioral Science (Public and Allied Health, Psychology, and Social Work programs) on that additional 41-acre site. That academic division has been renamed the Wesley College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as a way to preserve the history of the former Wesley College.
The 400-acre (1.6 km2) main campus in Dover, the capital of Delaware, is approximately a two-hour 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:
- Administration Building
- Alumni Stadium
- The Bank of America Building
- Delaware Hall
- The Education and Humanities Building & Theatre
- Loockerman Hall - listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
- The Mishoe Science Center
- Price Building
- Willam C. Jason Library
- The Wellness and Recreation Center
- The Optical Science Center for Applied Research
On the main campus there are five main campus traditional residential halls and three apartment-style residence halls for upperclassmen on campus. Off-campus there is an apartment complex and an residential hall. In addition, the university has activated two residential halls at DSU Downtown (the former Wesley College campus). The residential facilities 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||January 1, 2018–June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018–Dec. 2019
|Tony Allen||Feb. 2020–present|
Dr. Tony Allen became the 12th president of Delaware State University on January 1, 2020, after serving the previous two and a half years as the university's provost and executive vice president. Three months into his presidency, Dr. Allen acted decisively upon the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, as he ended in-person classes and residential operations on campus, and marshalled the faculty to get all of their curriculum online to enable students to complete that spring semester virtually online. Under Dr. Allen's leadership, the university raised $1.5 million for a Student Emergency Relief Fund to address student needs brought on by COVID-19 crisis. Although the COVID-19 crisis continued throughout the year, Dr. Allen and the university reopened its residential halls for the fall semester 2020, allowing more than 1,700 students to resume their residency on campus while almost all classes continued to be held virtually.
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:
- College of Agriculture, Science & Technology
- College of Humanities, Education & Social Sciences
- College of Business
- College of Health & Behavioral Sciences
The university offers 46 undergraduate degrees, 21 graduate degrees, and six doctoral degrees (interdisciplinary applied mathematics and mathematical physics, applied chemistry, neuroscience and optics, integrative agriculture, food & environment, 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (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:
- Applied Mathematics Research Center
- Center for Applied Optics
- Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA) (a National Science Foundation-Center for Research Excellence (NSF-CREST))
- Center for Applied Optics for Space Science (CAOSS) (a National Aeronautics and Space Administration University Research Center (NASA-URC))
- Delaware Center for Scientific and Applied Computation
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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.
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