Delta State University

Delta State University

Delta State University, also known as DSU, is a regional public university located in Cleveland, Mississippi. It is one of eight publicly funded universities in the state. It was established as Delta State Teachers College in 1924 and has a campus which covers more than 330 acres. It enrolls more than 3,500 students annually and offers more than 10 bachelor's degrees in over 40 areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • School of Nursing

DSU's department of athletics fields more than 10 intercollegiate sports and the teams compete at the NCAA Division II level. DSU is a member of the Gulf South Conference and New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference. The men's sports teams are nicknamed the Statesmen and the women's teams are known as the Lady Statesmen.

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Contacting Delta State

Delta State University
Hwy 8 West
Cleveland , MS 38733
General Phone: (662) 846-3000

Delta State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching233education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Business and Management193business, business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing, insurance, fashion merchandising
Nursing and Emergency Medicine81registered nursing, various nursing
Family and Social Work77family and consumer science, community organization, social work
Liberal Arts65foreign language and literature, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, history
Science55biology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry
Art Studies28visual and performing arts
Security and Law Enforcement28criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology26audiology and speech pathology
Therapy and Counseling25psychology
Transportation23aviation tech, commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy6athletic trainer
Hospitality3hospitality management
Office and Administration0office management

Number of programs and degrees for Delta State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree63541
Doctor's degree51
Master's degree19116
Post-master's certificate213

Delta State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Delta State had a total enrollment of 4,091 students (3,375 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 55%
Black 42%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 19%
20-21 21%
22-24 22%
25-29 12%
30-34 6%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 2%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Delta State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Delta State Room and Board (2007)

Delta State offers campus housing for 1,502 of its 3,375 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Cleveland, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Delta State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1721
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1720

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Delta State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,450
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,182
Room and board $ 5,476
Room charge $ 3,296
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,250
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 342

Financial Aid:
Delta State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 240300)

Delta State Faculty

Delta State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3442
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1932

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$84,1673$77,942
Associate professorcalendar year4$65,0011*
Assistant professorcalendar year9$62,0859$50,905
Instructorcalendar year3$77,7581*
All faculty totalcalendar year24$71,89014$61,627

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$64,4319$57,810
Associate professoracademic year14$57,99710$57,571
Assistant professoracademic year23$44,27934$49,758
Instructoracademic year13$38,61331$47,711
All faculty totalacademic year70$51,72884$50,795

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Delta State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4468112

Delta State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Community Organization and Advocacy
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Social Work

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General


Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Delta State Apart:

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