Delaware State University

Delaware State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Delaware State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Delaware State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Delaware State University was awarded 183 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is early childhood education.

Overall Quality

Del State landed the #1,581 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Del State also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Delaware ranking.

See all of the rankings for Delaware State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Del State?

Acceptance Rate

Delaware State University has an acceptance rate of 39%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Del State.

Average Test Scores

About 94% of students accepted to Del State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 420 and 520. Math scores were between 390 and 490.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Delaware State University  ( 420 to 520 )

SAT Math Scores for Delaware State University  ( 390 to 490 )
Del State received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for Delaware State University  ( 17 to 22 )

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Delaware State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Delaware State University is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Delaware State University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Delaware State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Delaware State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Del State is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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Delaware State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,131 undergraduates at Del State with 3,617 being full-time and 514 being part-time.

How Much Does Delaware State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Del State is $12,995. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Del State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,512 $12,360 $14,529 $16,167 $16,024

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Del State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Del State, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $7,214 a year. That adds up to $28,856 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Del State is 14.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Del State Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Del State make around $35,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is about 10% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Delaware State University make the most money.

Location of Delaware State University

Delaware State University is a public institution located in Dover, Delaware. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Del State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302-857-6060

Delaware State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 56 majors graduated from Delaware State University. Of these students, 637 received undergraduate degrees and 124 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Health & Physical Education 63 $27,203
Communication & Media Studies 61 $31,855
General Biology 53 $33,281
Criminology 51 $35,060
Business Administration & Management 44 $45,435
General Psychology 42 $31,495
Social Work 31 $30,228
Physics 29 NA
Public Health 22 $35,594
General Agriculture 22 $28,381

Learn more about the majors offered at Delaware State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Del State

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 3,103 students took at least one online class at Delaware State University. This is an increase from the 2,288 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 3,103 312
2018-2019 2,288 144
2017-2018 1,449 5
2016-2017 24 6
2015-2016 690 8

Learn more about online learning at Delaware State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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