For the sixth consecutive year, Delaware State University has achieved record enrollment, with a total student population of 4,872 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
it represents an overall increase of 5% over last year’s enrollment of 4,648. The goal is to reach 5,000 students by 2020.
“Delaware State University has continued to grow year after year because we have continued to innovate, and have become much more strategic in how we attract and retain students. This year’s success builds upon past efforts to improve recruitment, enrollment, and retention. It is certainly an ongoing process, and is absolutely necessary, if we are going to meet our goal,” said President Dr. Wilma Mishoe.
Mishoe credits the implementation of a Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) system and team, beginning in February of this year, as a key factor in this year’s record increase. “We placed every student enrollment ‘touch-point’—Admissions, Registration/Student Records, and Student Accounts—under a single leader with more than two decades of experience in the field.”
Antonio Boyle, vice president for Strategic Enrollment Management, and entire team have spent the last ten months focused on improving the experience of students and families. “My goal was to put together the best team and then empower them to think ‘student first’ in everything that they do,” said Boyle.
Several other initiatives have also boosted enrollment. The Early College High School at Delaware State University (ECHS) had 57 percent of its graduates enroll in the University this fall as sophomores after gaining college credit.
Also, the Summer Bridge program allows newly admitted students to earn a full semester of college credits during the summer, before they begin their freshmen year.
Securing the fourth year of the state-sponsored INSPIRE scholarship led to a 21% increase in new, in-State Freshmen.
The University’s partnership with TheDREAM.US has been critical. This organization provides scholarships for the children of undocumented workers, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” at colleges and universities that will accept them. Delaware State University is currently the number one choice for Dreamers in the United States, a DSU release stated.