Delaware State University (DSU) is located in Dover, Delaware and there are branch campuses located in Sussex and Wilmington. Delaware State University was founded in 1891 as a land-grant institution for blacks, became a 4-year school in 1911, and received university status in 1957. Initially named the State School for Colored Students, the school was known as Delaware State College until it was changed to its current name in 1993. The University now awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as provides continuing education credits. It is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Universities on the University level, and by several national and regional bodies on the programmatic level.
Delaware State University defines its mission as “to provide . . . meaningful and relevant education that emphasizes both the liberal and professional aspects of higher education.” The school is still largely African-American, and provides both courses that are traditional to liberal education and those that are more vocationally-oriented.
The university offers numerous student organizations including intercollegiate, club and intramural sports, Greek organizations and a wonderful choir that participates in numerous community events. DSU also sponsors study-abroad programs so that students may learn to serve their fellow man both near and far. As a land-grant institution, the university takes its responsibility to serve its community very seriously and offers programs for a variety of needs. Not only are there standard classroom courses targeting the traditional student, there are also distance learning opportunities, continuing education courses and adult education classes.