Delaware State University beginnings date back to 1891, when the 58th Delaware General Assembly passed legislation to establish the State College for Colored Students. The College began enrolling students in early 1892 and offered courses of study in agriculture, chemical, classical, engineering and scientific.
The institution has since developed into a 400-acre complex and has undergone two name changes since its inception – to Delaware State College in 1947 and Delaware State University in 1993. DSU offers 63 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate degrees. Since 2004, DSU has also established five doctoral programs – in Applied Chemistry, Education Leadership, Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, Neuroscience and Optics.
Over the last six years, the institution’s successful grant writing efforts have resulted in significant improvements in its research infrastructure in biotechnology, chemistry, mathematics, natural resources, applied optics, computer sciences and other areas.
Over the last three years, the university has also significantly increased its international agreements abroad. The University currently has 31 formal agreements with institutions in countries such as China, Cuba, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal and others that facilitate student/faculty exchanges, research collaborations and joint conferences.
DSU offers 17 intercollegiate athletics programs at the NCAA Division I level. Its football, men’s and women’s basketball, softball teams, as well as its newest sport program – women’s equestrian – have all achieved post-season national tournament bids over the last five years. Most are the result of winning conference tournament championships and regular season titles.