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U.S. News and World Report college rankings bump up DSU, UD drops slightly

Milton Pratt
Delaware Public Media

First State universities received mixed results from the annual U.S. News and World Report best colleges ranking.

The University of Delaware dropped slightly in the 2021 rankings, while Delaware State University improved in several categories.

“I don’t think any ranking accurately captures how important institutions like Delaware State University are, but I can say that we are proud of what we do every day, which is punch above our weight and deliver a very diverse talent pipeline across our state and our country,” said DSU President Tony Allen.    

DSU was bumped up to third place among public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and 11th on the list of top HBCU’s overall. The university was previously ranked 4th and 13th respectively.

It scored a 28% higher in its social mobility score, which measures the performance of Pell Grant recipients against students who do not need as much financial aid.

The ranking found the two groups share the same graduation rate at DSU placing the university among the top 2% in the country in this arena. It ranked 59th overall. Allen marks this as a success.

“We are not just thinking about the aggregate success we’re having, but we’re disaggregating by subgroup and we know that those students that are from lower resource communities need more support, and I’m proud to say it looks like we’re giving it to them in earnest and people are beginning to notice,” said Allen.    

The report also notes improved compensation among DSU faculty with an average increase of $4,600 between 2020-2021.

The University of Delaware slipped slightly in its U.S. News and World Report ranking, dropping from 39th to 40th among public schools nationally. It also dropped in the nationwide university ranking from 91st the 97th.

DSU ranked 144th in the overall public school ranking.

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