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If you decide to visit the campus before signing up to attend, you’re likely to be able to see from one end of the campus to the other. Loop Road surrounds the campus, following its boundaries. You’ll be able to reserve a dorm room for the year if you choose to live on campus and it’s a good idea to do so. Living on campus for at least your first year of school helps you to feel like you’re a part of almost everything happening.

Overview of Delaware State University

Delaware State is a public university set within the city of Dover, which is relatively small despite being the capital of the state and the second largest city. As with the campus, you should be able to get familiar with Dover fairly quickly.

The student population is just under 4,800, so you should be able to find friends and know quite a few of you fellow students by sight, even if you don’t know them well. Delaware State awards degrees from bachelor up to doctoral (in research/scholarship). It also offers certificates that can be earned in less than one year.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 42%
Year Founded 1891

Student Enrollment

Total Students4,768


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,467
Female 2,848

Graduate Student

Male 154
Female 299

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Male 2,896
Female 6,188


Male 1,535
Female 3,403

Acceptance Rate53%

Male 53%
Female 55%

Enrollment 1,155

Male 393
Female 762
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

While going to college isn’t an inexpensive effort, by choosing Delaware State, you may save on some of the expense. The total price for a recent academic year was $24,692, but you likely won’t be responsible for the entire amount. This includes room and board, books, supplies, and in- or out-of-state tuition.

If you qualify for financial aid, which most freshman students do, the overall cost of school will come down by the amount you were eligible for. The average net price in a recent year was $13,213. Since financial aid is provided based on your family’s annual income, you may be eligible for significantly more than the average. If your parents income was below $30,000, they will pay around $11,512. If their income was between $48,001 and $75,000, they’ll pay around $14,529. And, if their income was above $110,001, they’ll pay around $16,024. So, it can be lower or higher than the average depending on your annual income.

A full 94% of freshman students qualified for financial aid in a recent year. They received grants or scholarships averaging $9,945; and 62% received an average of $6,659 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $13,213
Average Total Aid $9,945
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $11,984

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,258
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $17,294
  • Books and Supplies - $2,000
  • Room & Board - $11,984
  • Other - $2,450


The most popular degree programs run the gamut of professional fields. They include parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; communication, journalism and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; social sciences; and biological and biomedical sciences.

It occasionally takes time for a freshman student to decide if they made the right choice of university or college. If you do decide to return to the same school for your second year of classes, you’ll be included in the school’s retention rate, which is 70%. This means that 7 out of 10 students decide that the school provides what they need, and it is worth it to return for their second year.

The 4-year graduation rate is 27% and the 6-year graduation rate is 42%. Both of these are below the national averages for graduation times, but some students may find it necessary to stay in school beyond the 4- and 6-year marks, while others may transfer once they realize they are looking for a different degree focus than what is available here.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, you may find it easier to get into your professor’s office to discuss a class rather than waiting for them after a class is over. However, you should never have too much trouble getting in during open office hours. You should take advantage of this - it’s better to clarify answers to your questions than flounder with any class.

Delaware State doesn’t offer evening classes, but you may have the option of taking some classes online. If you run into any scheduling conflicts, you should consider this to be a possible way to insert some flexibility into your schedule.

Student Population Total

Student Population 4,768

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 86 Total Graduates / 13%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 57 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 29 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 77 Total Graduates / 12%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 77 Graduates
All Business Majors 73 Total Graduates / 11%
Business Administration and Management, General 50 Graduates
Accounting 18 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 66 Total Graduates / 10%
Criminology 43 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 17 Graduates
Sociology 6 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 45 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 37 Graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 8 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 47%

Outcome & Salary

Once you’ve graduated, you’ll be ready to start working in your field. Delaware State University graduates earn average early-career salaries of $47,400. Their average mid-career salaries increase to $79,700, and their overall average salaries are around $60,130.

In order to find some other figures, you’ll need to keep the 4-year cost of education in mind. On average, this is $52,852. This would make your 10-year salary earnings potential around $601,300 and your 20-year salary potential as high as $1,398,300. If you subtract your cost of education from the salary earnings potential figures, you’ll find a 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) of $548,448 and a 20-year ROI of $1,345,448.

A high schooler who decides to start working right after graduation earns an average national salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $47,400
College Grads Average Salary $60,130
College Grads Mid Career Salary $79,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $601,300
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,398,300
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $52,852
10 Year Projected ROI $548,448
20 Year Projected ROI $1,345,448
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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