Delta State University

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Delta State University is a small public
university in Cleveland,
Mississippi. It was started to primarily
train teachers, but has since
grown to include many other studies as
well. With a competitive
academic environment, outstanding faculty,
and one of the best athletic
programs in the state, DSU is proud of the
exciting, well-rounded
experience that it extends to its
students. From the arts to aviation,
freshmen at DSU follow their career dreams
while getting to know
students from around the country and
participating in a variety of
campus life activities.

Applicants to Delta State University are
required to have completed the following
high school courses:

  • 4 credits of English
  • 3 credits of math (Algebra I,
    Algebra II, and Geometry)
  • 3 credits of science (with 2 labs)
  • 3 credits of social studies
  • 3 credits of advanced electives
  • ½ credit of computer applications

The following courses, though not
required, are highly recommended:

Additional credits of math, science, and
social studies and one credit of a visual
and performing arts course.
Applicants must have graduated from high
school. Freshmen applying to
Delta State are encouraged to first meet
with their recruiter and then
apply. They will need to provide the
school with their high school
transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, and proof
of measles, mumps, and
rubella vaccines. Students transferring
from other accredited
universities are required to have a GPA of
2.0 in their English
Composition, Natural Science, Social or
Behavioral Sciences, College
Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning or higher
math, and Humanities and Fine
Arts courses. The credits for some courses
taken at Mississippi
Community and Junior Colleges will
transfer to Delta State.

Delta State University has many
undergraduate programs. Students can
pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree or a Bachelor
of Science degree, including Bachelor of
Science in Education, Nursing,
Interdisciplinary Studies, and Social
Work. In addition, students can
pursue degrees such as Bachelor of
Business Administration, Bachelor of
Science in Social Justice and Criminology,
Bachelor of Music or Music
Education, Bachelor of Commercial

Students at Delta State University can
choose from a wide array of undergraduate
majors and concentrations, including:

  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Communication Studies
  • General Chemistry
  • Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Vocal Performance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Business

Delta State also offers Pre-Professional
Degrees such as Pre-Dentistry,
Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Occupational
Therapy, and
Pre-Engineering.  Other less-common
concentrations include Fashion
Merchandising, Wildlife Management,
Crafts, and Real Estate.

Delta State’s graduate programs include
multiple Master and Doctor of
Education degrees, Master of Science in
Nursing degrees with emphases
including Nurse Educator and Nurse
Practitioner, Master of Business
Administration, Master of Applied Science,
Master of Arts in Teaching,
and Master of Applied Science.
Colleges, and Schools

Undergraduate students at Delta State can
choose a major from one of
several colleges and schools including the
College of Arts and
Sciences, the College of Business, the
College of Education and Human
Sciences, and the Robert E. Smith School
of Nursing. 

The Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools Commission on Colleges
awards accreditation to Delta State,
enabling them to award
undergraduate and graduate level diplomas
to bachelor’s, master’s,
educational specialist, and doctoral
degree candidates.

The Roberts-LaForge Library includes
books, electronic books, and
electronic databases. Students, faculty,
and staff may also take
advantage of the interlibrary loan system.

Delta State University participates in
NCAA athletics. Sports for men
include baseball, basketball, football,
golf, soccer, swimming and
diving, and tennis; sports for women
include basketball, cheerleading,
cross country, soccer, softball, swimming
and diving, and tennis. 
Delta State is proud of holding the best
sports record of any
university in Mississippi.

Freshmen (any student with fewer than 30
college semester hours) not
yet 21 years old and taking at least 12
undergraduate credit hours, are
required to live on campus for a total of
two semesters, or two summer
terms and one semester before they are
eligible to apply for family
housing. If the student is married, has
children, is a veteran, or is
living with his parents/guardian less than
30 miles from campus, he can
request an exemption. Residence halls are
equipped with phone modems and
Ethernet connections, laundry rooms, basic
cable TV services, and more.
Health Services

All students taking at least 12 credit
hours may visit the O.W. Reily
Student Health Center. If
needed, students will be referred to the
Cleveland Medical Clinic for
further treatment.
Financial Aid
and Scholarships

For students needing financial aid and
scholarships, Delta State
University offers several grants and loans
in addition to a federal
work study program and student employment.
They also accept many state
scholarships, including:

  • Critical Needs Teacher
  • William Winter Teacher Scholar/Loan
  • Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant
  • Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant
  • Nursing Education Loan/Scholarship
  • Nissan Scholarship
  • Higher Education Legislative Plan
  • Health Care Professions
    Loan/Scholarship for Undergraduates

To apply for federal financial aid fill
out the FAFSA online. Students
who wish to apply for financial aid for
academic achievement must
submit a resume, essay, and their FAFSA.
Scholarships are only awarded
to students admitted to Delta State

General Information

Admission Office

117 Kent Wyatt Hall

Cleveland, MS 38733

(662) 846-4655

(800) 468-6378

Fax: (662) 846-4684

Contact: Debbie Heslep

Dean of Enrollment Management
Main Address

1003 West Sunflower Road

Cleveland, MS 38733

(662) 846-3000

Total undergrads: 3,212

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,212


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee:

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 31%

Percent of students who return for
sophomore year: 64%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Arts –
General B
Music –
General B

Biological & Biomedical


Business, Management, &

– General B
Administration/Management B
Administration/Management B
Management B
Information Systems B
Management B
Management B

Communications & Journalism

Education B
Teacher Education B
Education B
Teacher Education B
Education B
Science Teacher Education B

English Language &

Language & Literature –
General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Sciences – General B

Foreign Language &

Language & Literature –
General B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Training/Sports Medicine B
(RN) B
Pathology/Audiology B

– General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Studies B

– General B

Physical Sciences

– General B

Public Administration &

Work B

Security & Protective

Justice Studies B

Social Sciences
Science/Government B
Sciences – General B

Transportation & Materials

Transportation B
– Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew B

Degree levels for each major are
designated by the following

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
accuracy of information on this
page. All information is subject
change. You should confirm all
information with a college

Delta State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (662) 846-3000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1003 W Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,751
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,898 (51% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,671
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,671
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,143

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Delta State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Delta State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 162
Education 671
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 331
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 111
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 21
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Science Technologies/Technicians 111
Social Sciences 2
Transportation and Materials Moving 21
Visual and Performing Arts 41
Grand total 636171

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Delta State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,671
Out-of-state $7,671
Books and supplies $1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,671
Out-of-state $7,671

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 265 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 249 88% $7,143
Student loan aid 161 57% $5,930

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,020 66% $6,587
Federal student loans 1,240 40% $7,071

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Delta State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Delta State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,072 433 639
Percent admitted 100% 94% 94%
Percent admitted who enrolled 27% 33% 23%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Delta State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,751
Undergraduate enrollment 3,109
Graduate enrollment 642

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Delta State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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