UD, DSU move up in college rankings


The University of Delaware and Delaware State University moved up in the recently released rankings from US News and World Report.

UD ranked No. 38 among public universities, up two spots from last year.

Delaware State University has risen to 10th  nationally among all other Historically Black Colleges and Universities while retaining its ranking as the No. 3 public HBCU in America. The university returns to the Top Ten for the first time since 2014.

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. Rising from last year’s 59th to 30th this year,  the university continues to sit in the top 1% of all institutions on this measure. DSU  was also recognized for leading the HBCU community in its percentage of international students.

In the U.S. News ranking of all national universities, both public and private, UD moved up four positions from last year to No. 93, out of 288, tying with Stony Brook University, the University at Buffalo, the University of California-Merced, the University of Denver, and the University of San Diego.

Other highlights for UD

  • Graduation rate: UD’s 6-year graduation rate for entering first-time, full-time first-year students has increased from 81% to 84%.
  • Faculty: The percentage of full-time faculty has increased from 88% to 91%.
  • Financial resources: Educational expenditures per student have increased over 4%.

“UD’s strong showing in these rankings reflects the deep commitment and hard work of our distinguished faculty and dedicated staff to provide our students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for success in their careers and throughout their lives,” UD President Dennis Assanis said. “While it is gratifying to be recognized for excellence, we continually strive for even greater advancements in academics, research and service to society.”

“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 DSU President Tony Allen. “When we get that right, all of our students win, and so do the communities they call home.”

Allen noted that the university has pursued innovative strategies to keep students in school over the past two years despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, investing nearly $8.5 million in debt relief, direct financial support for student technology, food, and housing insecurities. 

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