Delaware State University: Narrative Description

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1200 North DuPont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901-2277
Tel: (302)857-6290
Free: 800-845-2544
Admissions: (302)857-6344
Fax: (302)857-6352
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Delaware Higher Education Commission. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 400-acre small town campus. Endowment: $13.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7397 per student. Total enrollment: 3,178. Faculty: 264 (184 full-time, 80 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,204 applied, 50% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 21% from top quarter, 53% from top half. Full-time: 2,556 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 436 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 44% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 80% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 17% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at University of Delaware. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $4646 full-time, $194 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,303 full-time, $429 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $330 full-time, $95 per term part-time. College room and board: $6816. College room only: $4406.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 50% of eligible men and 50% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: NAACP, Women's Senate, Men's Council. Major annual events: homecoming, Parents' Day, Pride Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. William C. Jason Library with 204,127 books, 77,918 microform titles, 3,094 serials, 13,775 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 641 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Dover, the capital of Delaware, is 75 miles from Philadelphia, 85 miles from Baltimore, 90 miles from Washington, DC, and 160 miles from New York City. Railway and bus are available in the area. Dover is an agricultural section noted for fruit, produce, grains and poultry. Many fine old colonial homes steeped in the traditions of the activity of the old town are found in the area. "The Green" is the center of activity of the old town and still the hub from which radiate many of the political and government activities of both the city and the state. Located 10 miles south of "The Green" is Barratt's Chapel, often called the "Cradle of Methodism in America." Each year on Dover Days, the first Saturday and Sunday in May, many historic homes are open to the public for a small fee. Dover is the home of the largest air freight terminal in the world. General Food's multimillion-dollar Jell-O plant and Playtex Corporation are also located here.

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