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First Year Students

Delaware State University is the right school for you if you want to develop a sense of identity, responsibility, and achievement to prepare you for your dream job. This is the doorway to your college career at Delaware State University - and the life that awaits you with a DSU degree! From here you can learn about the University’s admissions requirements and application process.  If you have questions, contact your Admissions Counselor, they are ready to help you! 

Admissions Requirements
We recommend that you follow a college preparatory curriculum in high school. Admission may be granted to applicants who have:

A certificate or diploma from an accredited four-year school or senior high school.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Test scores of 800 on the SAT (math and critical reading combined), test scores of 800 or above (after concordance) on the 2016 redesigned SAT (math and critical reading combined), or a 17 or better composite score on the ACT.

Please note, as of March 2016, the College Board has launched a redesigned SAT. For more information about the redesign—please visit the College Board website

Completed the required 19 minimum course units with a ‘C’ or better:

4 units
Writing, Literature and Oral Communication
3 units
Courses must include Algebra I & II and Geometry or the equivalent (Recommend a fourth higher math course)
2 units
One (1) world history and one (1) other history
Social Studies:
1 unit
Civics, American government, economics, geography or psychology (Two units recommended)
3 units
Courses with a laboratory. Must include one (1) or more of the following: biology, chemistry, and/or physics
Foreign Language:
2 units
Recommend within the same language. If within the same language, there must be course progression.
4 units
May include any additional class from subject areas listed above or Art, Theatre/Drama, Music, and/or Computer Science.

Non-Graduates of High School

Delaware State University will consider your application for admission if you have satisfied high school graduation requirements under the General Education Development (GED) test, once you have completed 12 semester hours of transferable college coursework and met the University's transfer admission requirements. You must submit a notarized copy of their GED certificate with their application and fee to be considered for admission.

Project Success Program

Should your test scores fall below the University’s admission standards, an offer of conditional acceptance may be extended contingent upon your enrollment in and successful completion of the Project Success Program. The Office of Admissions extends this offer at its discretion as seats in the program are limited.

Program Jumpstart

Program Jumpstart is a six (6) week residential summer and cultural enrichment program that provides a transitional opportunity for first-year students who will enter the University during the fall semester. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or better are invited to participate in the program.

Honors Program

The Delaware State University Honors Program provides learning opportunities to motivated and committed students who have excelled in high school and want to challenge themselves academically in college. To be considered for admission to the Honors Program, students must submit an application for admission to the University and an Honors Program application.

Learning Communities

For incoming freshmen, Delaware State University offers a unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier. Form new friendships — and feel a sense of belonging on campus — by joining one of Delaware State University’s Learning Communities.

Contact Information

Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Daytime: 302.857.6060
Evening: 302.857.6290

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