More than 125 years after its 1891 founding as a land-grant educational institution, Delaware State University has a long and proud history that has led to its distinction as one of America's top HBCUs. The University's success can be explained by its bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs that connect with high-demand career fields and prepare students for the global marketplace, an ever-expanding research portfolio and a growing international presence. DSU's academic character has a heavy emphasis in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) area. Several major research centers are based on campus, including the Delaware Institute for Science and Technology's Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR), with its state-of-the-art facility completed in 2015, as well as the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research. The University's Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, a botanical resource center, is the largest among HBCUs. In the College of Business, students gain knowledge of the latest SAP technologies and critical digital enterprise skills through a partnership with SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, and the Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG). Students in DSU's Aviation Program attain valuable flight experience in the University's own fleet of airplanes, the only one among HBCUs, and 100 percent of our professional pilot graduates go on to aviation industry careers. Freshmen at DSU find a personalized experience right from the start, with an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to not only ensure academic success, but also to encourage professional development. Throughout their journeys, students also benefit from faculty members' years of professional experience and a multitude of hands-on learning opportunities, including agriculture, natural resources and natural sciences facilities and laboratories; art and mass communications studios; the University's own music record label; and internships with leading businesses and agencies. For students interested in studying abroad, collaborative partnerships with institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean create a wide range of options. Delaware State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Its Department of Social Work offers the only nationally accredited bachelor's and master's degree program in the state of Delaware, and its business, education, nursing, hospitality and tourism, and food and nutritional science programs also are accredited by specialized academic accrediting agencies. DSU's main campus is a close-knit community situated among 350 acres of modern and historic buildings and sprawling green spaces in Dover, DE. The University also offers convenient and flexible master's degree programs at its location in Wilmington, DE, as well as learning opportunities through its location in Georgetown, DE, and its online bachelor's and master's degree programs. Student-athletes at DSU compete in 18 intercollegiate athletics programs at the NCAA Division I level. Empowering students to "Expect Greatness" along their journey to become the next generation of scientists, communicators, business professionals and public servants, Delaware State University is the first major reason for their success.