Delaware State University

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Delaware State University
Former names
-State College for Colored Students (founding–1947)
-Delaware State College (1947–1993)
Motto"Making our mark on the world" and "Enter to Learn, Go forth and serve"
TypePublic, Land Grant, HBCU
EstablishedMay 15, 1891
EndowmentUS$20.8 million[1]
PresidentDr. Harry Lee Williams
Academic staff
436
Students4,505[2]
Undergraduates4,061
LocationDover, Delaware, USA
CampusSuburban
ColorsCherry red      and Columbia blue     
AthleticsNational Collegiate Athletic Association Division I
NicknameHornet
AffiliationsMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Websitewww.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]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware". Petersons.com. Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  2. "DSU Breaks Enrollment Record for 4th Consecutive Year". Delaware State University. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-02.
  3. "Delaware State University History". Delaware State University. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  4. "History". Delaware State University. 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-08.