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Delaware State University Data & Information Overview

288 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
59% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Delaware State University Ranked?

#1,267 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in DE
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 288 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Del State is ranked #1,267 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. Del State has maintained this ranking for at least two years in a row.

Out of the 4 colleges in Delaware, Del State is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Del State?

59% Acceptance Rate
69% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Delaware State University is a competitive 59%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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Delaware State University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
64% Full Time Teachers

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 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Delaware State University

75% Freshmen Retention
27% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Delaware State University has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 27% for first-time, full-time students at Del State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

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Delaware State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
86.6% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
68.6% Percent Women

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?

$14,866 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
$46,452 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Del State is $14,866. 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 +

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 54% of students took out student loans averaging $11,613 a year. That adds up to $46,452 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Del State is 11.2%. 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?

$42,994 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Del State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,994 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Delaware State University

Delaware State
3,617 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

Delaware State University Majors

56 Majors With Completions
620 Undergraduate Degrees
160 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 56 majors graduated from Delaware State University. Of these students, 620 received undergraduate degrees and 160 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 MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
General Psychology58$30,670
Communication & Media Studies56$24,597
Health & Physical Education54$28,517
Teacher Education Grade Specific45$44,149
Business Administration & Management38$38,316
General Biology35$28,314
Social Work33$27,688
Liberal Arts General Studies27$26,640

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

69% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 3,568 students took at least one online class at Delaware State University. This is an increase from the 3,103 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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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.


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