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Delaware Valley University

Delaware Valley University
Established 1896
Type Private
Endowment $30 million
President Joseph S. Brosnan
Undergraduates 1700 full-time
Location Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Colors Green, Gold
Nickname Aggies
Mascot Ram

Delaware Valley University is a private institution that was founded in 1896. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,807, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 570 acres.[1] Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, DelVal offers more than 25 undergraduate majors, six master’s programs, a doctoral program, and a variety of adult education courses.

In 2011, the college dedicated its new 398-acre Gemmill Campus in Jamison, PA, after a gift from the Gemmill family of land and money in order to further the college's strategic plan, which involves moving to become a university in 2014. Structural changes, such as dividing the college into four distinct schools, are in preparation for this change. Besides the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, the college has the School of Life and Physical Science, the School of Business and Humanities, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Within Business and Humanities may be found a variety of majors, including Business, Secondary Education, Counseling Psychology, Criminal Justice, and English/Media.

In 2015, DelVal was recognized among the top 30 "great small colleges for a counseling degree."[2] The program offers advanced training in counseling which includes electives in substance abuse, developmental disabilities and behavior modifications.

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies boasts six master's degrees – counseling psychology, policy studies, educational leadership, special education, teaching and learning, and an MBA – as well as a doctoral degree in educational leadership.[3] In spring 2015, DelVal was given approval for a physician assistant program, which will be in place by 2018.[4]

DelVal, as it is commonly called, had a for-credit employment program that required students to work 500 hours in an area of their major; however, this program is now evolving into a more comprehensive experiential learning program, called E360. The program is part of the college’s legacy of linking theoretical learning with practical training. At DelVal, students learn by doing. Each department at the college is incorporating E360 into its curriculum.[5]

Many graduates of Delaware Valley University take positions with the pharmaceutical and food industries, work in government or business, go on to become veterinarians or start their own companies.[6]

In December 2014 the Delaware Valley College Board of Trustees announced plans to expand the College into a university.[7]


  • History 1
  • Enrollment 2
  • Academics 3
    • Undergraduate 3.1
    • Graduate 3.2
    • Continuing and Professional Studies 3.3
  • Campus Life 4
  • Athletics 5
  • Accolades 6
  • Points of interest 7
  • Notable Alumni 8
  • External links 9
  • References 10


Delaware Valley University opened in 1896 as the National Farm School and offered a three-year curriculum teaching "science with practice" [8] on the school's own farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Its founder and first president, Joseph Krauskopf, was an activist Reform rabbi who, inspired by discussions with Leo Tolstoy, hoped to train Jewish immigrants to the United States as farmers. In its early years the school's main private funder was the Federation of Jewish Charities of Philadelphia, but the institution also received funding from the state of Pennsylvania and was open to men from all ethnic and religious backgrounds; however it did not admit women until 1969.[9][10]

The school opened with only two teachers and eight students, but by 1904 enrollment had grown to 45. Following the Second World War, the school became a four-year college and added additional academic programs, leading to several name change: National Agricultural College (1948) and Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture (1960). It added its first graduate programs in 1998.[11][12]

In December 2014, the College was granted university status, and officially became Delaware Valley University on April 8, 2015.[13]


The school currently enrolls about 1700 full-time undergraduates and more than 300 part-time students in the college's evening college, weekend college, and graduate programs.[14]



Delaware Valley University offers 26 bachelor's degrees and two associate degrees in three schools: the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the School of Business and Humanities, and School of Life and Physical Sciences. Delaware Valley University has five other non-major programs and pre-professional programs.[15]

DelVal also offers an Honors Program that gives students the opportunity to have smaller classes, individualized their program, study more closely with faculty, and study abroad.[16]


Delaware Valley University School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers several Master's degrees programs, including an MBA program, and one Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership.[17]

Continuing and Professional Studies

The Office of Continuing and Professional Studies offers several for credit degrees and certificates along with noncredit options.[18]

Campus Life

For the 2014-15 academic year, DelVal launched a program, which allows students to have small pets in one of the residence halls. Students, working with faculty and staff, created the pet-friendly program. In its second year, the program will expand to other residence halls.[19]

In 2015, DelVal was selected as the number one school on "25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers," by Great Value Colleges. Pet-friendly housing and a variety of animal-related majors offered on campus were part of the reason DelVal was selected.[20]


DelVal fields 22 men’s and women’s teams in Division III of the NCAA.[21] DelVal is affiliated with the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conferences.[22] Student-athletes compete in Division III and have the option of competing in more than one sport.

DelVal has a year-round program of intramural sports including flag football, basketball and softball, one-day tournaments, a 100-miles run club, horseshoes and dodge ball.

The school is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), where members can compete in both Hunt Seat and Western shows. In addition, dressage riders can compete in Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) shows. The school is also home to a vaulting team.


  • On October 22, 2013, U.S. News & World Report listed Delaware Valley College as one of the top ten colleges in the nation for student internship participation.[23]
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Delaware Valley College #19 in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Colleges (North).[24]
  • The Princeton Review listed Delaware Valley College as one of their top 226 schools in the North East.[25]
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs lists Delaware Valley as one of their Yellow Ribbon Program schools.[26]
  • In 2015, DelVal was selected as the number one school on "25 Great Small Colleges for Animal Lovers," by Great Value Colleges. Pet-friendly housing and a variety of animal-related majors offered on campus were part of the reason DelVal was selected.[27]
  • Named to "10 Colleges with the Highest Rate of Student Internships," U.S. News, 2013.[28]

Points of interest

Notable Alumni

External links

  • Delaware Valley College Official Website
  • Delaware Valley College Official Athletics Website


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