Delaware State University
UNCF Member Institution
Transformation Partner since 2022
Motto: “Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve.”
The Delaware College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established on May 15, 1891, by the Delaware General Assembly. The Delaware General Assembly founded the institution under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Black people came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities.
With the appointment of an inaugural six-member Board of Trustees, the governing body used part of the initial $8,000 state appropriation to purchase a 95-acre property north of the state capital of Dover to establish the new college.
Delaware State University is fully approved by the Delaware Department of Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) as a degree-granting institution at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels. Chemistry programs are approved by the American Chemical Society.
Facilitated through the Institute for Capacity Building, Delaware State University is now a participant in New Skills at Work, an effort designed to help institutions increase student completion of high-quality career pathways and scale operational models to improve overall student success.