Delaware State University

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Delaware State University
Motto "Making our mark on the world" and "Enter to Learn, Go forth and serve"
Established May 15, 1891
Type Public, Land Grant, HBCU
Endowment US$20.8 million[1]
President Dr. Harry Lee Williams
Academic staff 436
Students 4,505[2]
Undergraduates 4,061
Location Dover, Delaware, USA
Campus Suburban
Former names -State College for Colored Students (founding–1947)
-Delaware State College (1947–1993)
Colors Cherry red       and Columbia blue      
Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I
Nickname Hornet
Affiliations Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Website www.desu.edu

Delaware State University (also called DSU, DESU, or Del State) is a public university in Dover, Delaware. It is a historically black university. That means that it was started to teach African American students.

DSU has campuses in Wilmington, Delaware and Georgetown, Delaware. It has six colleges. It has about 4,500 students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. DSU is the second-largest university in the state (after the University of Delaware).

History[change | change source]

The school started on May 15, 1891 as the State College for Colored Students. It first gave degrees in 1898. In 1944, it received provisional accreditation. Three years later, it became Delaware State College. The school lost its accreditation in 1949, but got it back in 1957. On July 1, 1993, the school's name changed to Delaware State University.[3]

Campus[change | change source]

The main campus in Dover covers 400 acres (1.6 km2). It has thirty buildings. There are seven buildings where students live, four for women and three for men. There are also three apartment-style buildings where upperclassmen live. There are two dining halls.

The university has several research computer laboratories. Almost every building has a computer lab. Every student has their own port for internet access, their own phone, and a campus email address. There is cable television access in all residence hall rooms. Most campus buildings also have wireless connectivity.

DSU owns two farms near Kenton and Smyrna. It has an Airway Science Program based at Delaware Air Park in Cheswold.[4]

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