University of Delaware, Delaware State University earn high national ratings


The University of Delaware and Delaware State University ranked high in recent national reports.

In the annual rankings of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, U.S. News & World Report has advanced Delaware State University to the No. 3 public HBCU and No. 11 overall HBCU in the nation.

The University has held the No. 4 position among public HBCUs since 2016 and was rated No. 13 in 2020.

The university’s ranking increased primarily due to improvements in social mobility, alumni giving, and faculty support metrics.

“No ranking can accurately capture how important institutions like Delaware State University are to ensuring that any barrier to higher education can be overcome. We do more with substantively less and still punch well above our weight in delivering a diverse talent pipeline in every field of human endeavor,” said University President Tony Allen. “Like the Wall Street Journal rankings, U.S. News helps tell an important part of our story, but there is so much more to say.”

The University of Delaware continues to be listed among the best higher education institutions in the nation.U.S. News and World Report, in its 2021 Best Colleges Report released Sept. 14, lists UD as No. 40 among the nation’s top public universities.

That rank ties UD with Auburn University, University of Arizona, University of California-Merced, University of California-Santa Cruz and University of Utah, three of which are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

TheU.S. Newsrankings are based, in part, on several areas:

  • UD’s four-year graduation rate places it fourth in the nation among other primarily residential four-year public institutions, as noted in the recently releasedChronicle of Higher Education 2020-21 Almanac;
  • In support of accessibility and affordability, the University has increased undergraduate financial aid by 43 percent since 2016; and
  • Alumni have demonstrated consistent engagement and support, notably in the highly successful $750 million Delaware First campaign, which surpassed its goal ahead of schedule thanks to the support of more than 92,000 generous donors, including alumni.
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