Delta State University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Mississippi


Delta State University is a public university located on an attractive 274-acre campus in Cleveland, Mississippi, a town located a little over a hundred miles from both Jackson and Memphis. Delta State students come from 49 states and 23 countries, and undergraduates can choose from 38 majors. Established as a teacher's college in 1924, Delta State still excels in teacher preparation, but business, natural science, health science, and social sciences fields are all popular among undergraduates. At the master's degree level, nursing, education and business have the highest enrollments. Academics are supported by a healthy 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the university prides itself on the meaningful interactions between students and their professors. Student life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations and 25 intramural sports. On the varsity front, the DSU Statesmen compete in the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. The university fields seven men's and six women's intercollegiate sports. And my favorite Delta State fact: the student-adopted mascot is the Fighting Okra.

Most Popular Majors

Audiology, Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, family and Consumer Sciences, Nursing, Physical Education, Social Work

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 4064
Total Grad Students: 1116
Undergraduate Students: 2948
Faculty: 192

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Percent Male: 40%
Percent Female: 60%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 20%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

Hwy 8 West
Cleveland Mississippi 38733


Main Email:

Main Phone: 662-846-3000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Deborah Heslep

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA requirement for transfer admission consideration is a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The minimum grade accepted for transfer credits is C.

Credits (Min/Max):
You must have 24 credits to apply as a transfer student. The max we accept from a 2-year is 62 credit hours, 93 from a 4-year. 25% of a degree program and 31 credits must be completed at DSU for a baccalaureate degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Official SAT/ACT test scores are required.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Delta State does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is not required for transfer admission consideration.

Application Fee:
A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 must be submitted with the application for admission.

Other Requirements:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 18 23
English 17 24
Math 17 23
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 430 540
Math 460 540

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 516

Transfers Accepted: 430

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 83%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 58%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 25%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 900

Other Expenses: 4157

Room and Board: 6868

Tuition and Fees: 13102

Total Cost: 25027

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5288

Total Cost – In-State: 17213

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The Student Financial Aid Office administers the Federal & State financial aid programs including Pell Grants, loans, Federal Work Study and state scholarships. We also monitor all scholarship awards made by DSU and off-campus scholarship information.

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Own Financial Aid Form?

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5651

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 93%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 62%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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