Delaware State University rises to top ten HBCUs nationwide
DOVER, Del. – U.S News & World Report announced on Tuesday that Delaware State University has risen to #10 nationally among all other Historically Black College and Universities.
This marks the University’s return to the top ten for the first time since 2014. The school also retains its ranking as the #3 public HBCU in America.
DSU achieved its most significant gains in social mobility, a relatively new metric that evaluates a University’s ability to support and graduate students from low-resourced communities at the same or better rate than their general student population. The school rose from 59th last year to 30th this year and continues to sit in the top 1% of all institutions on this important measure.
DSU was also recognized for leading the HBCU community in its percentage of international students.
“Regardless of who is looking, the metric that most matter to me is when we make progress with those students who are coming from very challenging environments looking to change the life trajectory for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said President Tony Allen. “When we get that right, all of our students win, and so do the communities they call home.”
Dr. Allen also noted that the University has pursued innovative strategies to keep students in school over the past two years despite the COVID-19 pandemic, investing nearly $8.5 million in debt relief, direct financial support for student technology, food, and housing insecurities.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Saundra DeLauder also emphasized that DSU has focused on academic supports to keep students in school. She pointed out that first-year retention jumped in the fall of 2020 from 74% to 80%, the largest single-year increase in University history despite all COVID restrictions.
U.S. News noted that specific strengths setting DSU apartment from other HBCUs included faculty salaries, small class sizes, and increases in research funding, all of which ranked above average.