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DSU earns high marks in new US News and World Report college rankings

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Milton Pratt
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Delaware Public Media

Delaware State University is in US News and World Report’s top 10 of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

DSU reaches the top 10 for the first time since 2014, ranked number 10 among all HBCUs.  It also retains its ranking as the number 3 public HBCU.

But DSU’s presidential fellow for media relations Steve Newton says there’s another category where the university stands out

"Of all national universities, we jumped 29 spaces in terms of enhancing social mobility for our students from being number 59 nationally to being number 30 nationally which puts us in the top one percent of all universities nationwide," said Newton. "I think that one is really important to us because that measures that are we actually doing what we're supposed to be doing."

Social mobility 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.

US News & World Report also notes DSU’s faculty salaries, small class sizes, and increases in research funding help set it apart from other HBCU’s.  DSU was ranked above average in those categories.

Newton says DSU's rankings across the board reflect years worth of efforts by the university.

"We're in a good place where we want to be with that and we think it's indicative of the kind of things we're doing," said Newton. "One of the things you have to remember when you look at these ratings is they don't just look at ratings for a year. Most of the things they track are multiple years at least three or four years long. So changes and things that you do take a while to reflect there."

 

The University of Delaware also fared well in the US News & World Report rankings.  It rated 38th among public universities, and it’s Chemical Engineering department ranked 9th overall.

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