DSU Gold Ranking proving “Delaware State is who we say we are”

DOVER, Del. – Delaware State University is now in the gold standard ranking.

They are the number 2 public Historically Black College and University in the United States according to the U.S. News & World Report. “What the ranking means to me is that I made the right decision but also to say Delaware state is who we say we are,” says senior Jonte Simmons.

Jonte Simmons, also known as Mr. DSU on Delaware State University’s campus is proud of his HBCU. Not just because of the accolades he says but also the HBCU experience. An experience University President Dr. Tony Allen says comes from valuing the students. “About the students focusing on them and always having a laser focus in that regard and so I would say that when we’ve set out to be in our vision the most substantively diverse contemporary and unapologetic HBCU in the country it was with this notion in mind,” says the Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen.

Mr. DSU says he knew it was the HBCU for him when he visited the school and met his now mentor, Kevin Perry who set the tone for him. Perry was the school’s 13th Mr. DSU and accounting major just like Simmons. “Kevin has been assessable to me and he kind of played a strong influence on that 1.40 because I said when I applied, if I go to Delaware State University, that’s the person I want to be like he was like that person for me,” says Simmons.

Mr. DSU says there was a culture shock at first coming from a White and Hispanic background to attending an HBCU. But it allowed him to learn more about his Black identity. “You will go to an HBCU and you will find out more about yourself, you will find more about your culture, and you will find out who you desire to be because you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals throughout the next 4 years of your life,” says Simmons.

Both Mr. DSU and DSU President Allen agree the importance of access to HBCUs is much bigger than a Black educational experience exclusive to African Americans. “So being able to wrap ourselves around folks, many of who come from challenging circumstances, and make sure that they get to realize the dream that some of them never thought possible is effectively what the American Dream is all about,” says the DSU President. “So that’s the importance for me when it comes to minorities, go to an HBCU because it’s going to show you who you are, if you’re of another dissent or our counterparts come because you want to be more knowledgeable, you don’t want to be one track minded,” says Simmons.

President Dr. Tony Allen says it’s important that they keep up the great work. It allows for increased graduation and retention rates.

To learn more about DSU’s accolade, check it on their website.

Governor John Carney of Delaware issued the following statement about the achievement:
“These rankings confirm what Delawareans already know – that Delaware State University is one of the best HBCUs in the country,” said Governor Carney. “DSU has long been one of Delaware’s most important and historic institutions, and its contributions to our state, and our ability to attract young people to Delaware, have never been greater. We’re proud of everyone at DSU for this deserving recognition.”

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