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Delaware State University Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...

Motto "Making our mark on the world" and "Go forth and Serve"
Established 1891
Type Public
President Allen L. Sessoms
Staff 168
Undergraduates 3,722
Location Dover, Delaware, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Cherry Red and Columbian Blue
Mascot Hornet
Website http://www.desu.edu/

Desudesudesudesudesu (formerly Delaware State College) is a historically black university in Dover, Delaware. It was established on May 15, 1891 as the State College for Colored Students under the auspices of the Morrill Act of 1890. Over the last 115 years, it has evolved into a fully accredited, comprehensive university with a main campus and two satellite sites that encompass six colleges and a diverse population of undergraduate and advanced degree students. The graduating class of 2006 is the largest in the University's history, consisting of over 500 seniors and graduate students.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... , : The State Capital since 1777 United States Delaware Kent 22. ... Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq mi (6,452 km²)  - Width 30 miles (48 km)  - Length 100 miles (161 km)  - % water 21. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... This article refers collectively to all true hornets. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... In the United States, Historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are colleges or universities that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American community. ... , : The State Capital since 1777 United States Delaware Kent 22. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1891 (MDCCCXCI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are United States statutes that allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges. ... Accreditation is a process by which a facilitys services and operations are examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable standards are met. ...

The DSU president is Dr. Allen L. Sessoms, who began his tenure at the university in 2003.



The 400-acre main campus is located in Dover, Delaware. It is only two hours away from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and only three hours away from New York City. DSU also has satellite sites in Wilmington and Georgetown. , : The State Capital since 1777 United States Delaware Kent 22. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... Nickname: Motto: The Greatest City in America,[4] Get in on it. ... Nickname: Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: , Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - D.C. Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D) Ward 2... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... : Chemical Capital of the World , Corporate Capital of the World , Credit Card Capital of the World : A Place to Be Somebody United States Delaware New Castle 17. ... Seal of the Town of Georgetown Georgetown is a town located in Sussex County, Delaware. ...

Degree offerings

The university offers 66 undergraduate degrees, 16 graduate degrees, and two doctoral degrees. Degree options include the disciplines of mathematics, natural and social sciences, education, airway sciences, visual and performing arts, management, accounting and finance, agriculture, natural resources, nursing, social work and others.

Students, Faculty, and Financial Aid

The president of Delaware State University is Allen L. Sessoms.

Enrollment: 3,722 students who come from 28 states and 31 countries.

Faculty: 168 faculty members in 20 academic departments. 140 have doctorate degrees. 40 have reached the academic rank of full professor. The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ...

Tuition (2005-2006): $5,480 in-state; $11,704 out-of-state. Estimated costs for room and board for 2005-2006 range from $7,642-$8,298.

About 83 percent of undergraduates receive scholarships, grants, loans, or work-study income.


Delaware State University's athletic programs participate in NCAA's Division I (I-AA for football). The university's nickname is the Hornets. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Refers to a set of physical activities comprising sports and games. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... This article refers collectively to all true hornets. ...

The university fields teams in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, and bowling.

The Delaware State men's basketball team won the 2005 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and earned a berth in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Playing as a 16-seed, the Hornets lost 57-46 in the opening round to 1-seed Duke. The Hornets also have made back to back NIT appearances in 2006 and 2007. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which consists of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. ... NIT or Nit or nit can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ...

The Delaware State women's basketball team won the 2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and earned a berth in the 2006 NCAA tournament. Playing as a 15-seed, the Lady Hornets kept the game close down by only three until 9 minutes remained in the game, but lost 62-47 in the opening round to 2-seed Vanderbilt University. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) is a collegiate athletic conference which consists of historically black colleges in the southeastern United States. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

The Department of Intramural Sports provides a wide variety of quality recreational programs for students, faculty, and staff.

Residence Life

There are seven campus residential halls: four for women, and three for men. There are also three apartment-style residence halls for upperclassmen. Two dining halls serve the more than 1,500 on-campus students.

The main campus in Dover contains 30 buildings, including:

  • The Mishoe Science Center
  • The MBNA America Building
  • The 280-year-old Loockerman Hall
  • A state-of-the-art administration building
  • The new apartment-style University Village residential hall complex


Delaware State University is a part of Internet 2 initiative. The university maintains several research computer labs, including high-performance computational cluster in its DESAC center. Computer labs in almost every building Each student has a dedicated data port for Internet access, their own phone, and a campus email address Cable TV in all residence hall rooms Wireless connectivity in certain campus buildings


The institution has greatly increased its research endeavors over the past five years, as it has developed the research infrastructure needed to attract federal grants for projects in the areas of mathematics, applied optics, chemistry, biotechnology, and others. Major grants are awarded through Department of Defense (Department of Army), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and other granting agencies. The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department, is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government. ... National Institutes of Health Building 50 at NIH Clinical Center - Building 10 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical research. ... The logo of the National Science Foundation The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. ...

Global Connections: The University has over 20 formal international partnerships with institutions in countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Serbia, Mexico, China, Cuba and many others, which facilitate student exchanges and research and conference collaborations. Anthem Serbia() on the European continent() Capital (and largest city) Belgrade Official languages Serbian 1 Recognised regional languages Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, Romanian, Rusyn 2 Albanian 3 Government Semi-presidential republic  -  President Boris Tadić  -  Prime Minister Vojislav KoÅ¡tunica Establishment  -  Formation 812   -  Kingdom established 1217   -  Empire established 1346   -  Independence lost to...

Currently, the university consists of six colleges: College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, School of Business, College and Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Health and Public Policy, College of Education and Sports Sciences and College of Agriculture and Related Sciences.

As of Fall 2005, the University has about 3,700 students, of which about 340 are graduate students. The University offers PhD programs in Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Physics and Neuroscience, doctoral program in education and Master's programs in various fields of sciences, nursing, social work, education, MBA program, natural resources, etc.

Notable alumni

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  • Official University website
  • Delaware State University Accreditation (History). Delaware State University (2005). Retrieved on 2006-05-22.
  • Official athletics website
  • Delaware Fan Club

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


  1. ^ Mike Billington. "Largest class ever graduates from DSU", The News Journal, May 22, 2006, pp. B1, B6. Retrieved on 2006-04-22. 

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Delaware State University is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts university founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students.
It was established as a result of the 58th General Assembly of the State of Delaware passing legislation to establish a college for the education of colored students in agriculture and the mechanical arts.
Delaware State University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and master’s degrees.
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