About Delta State University (DSU)
On Campus Housing
Delta State University (DSU) is an esteemed public university in Cleveland, Mississippi, within the Mississippi Delta. Delhi State University is one of eight publicly funded universities in the state.
Delhi State University was established in 1924 by the State of Mississippi, using the facilities of the former Bolivar County Agricultural High School, which consisted of three buildings in Cleveland. On February 19, 1924, Senators William B. Roberts and Arthur Marshall established Delta State Teachers College, which Mississippi Governor Henry L. Whitfield signed on April 9, 1924, by Nellie Nugent Somerville, the first woman to serve in the Mississippi state legislature. The three buildings were Hill Hall, an administration and classroom building, Hardee Hall, a men's dormitory, and Taylor Hall, a women's dormitory.
At the initial days, Delta State University had a White-only race admission policy. Twelve years after the US Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), ruling that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional and three years after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the state and administration ended racial segregation at DSU. Shirley Antoinette Washington was the first African-American student to enrol at DSU that year.
Delta State University provides an undergraduate curriculum, offering 12 baccalaureate degrees in 42 majors. The university also advances student training through certain fields by providing graduate programs of study for eight master's degrees, the Education Specialist degree, and the Doctor of Education degree.
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
School of Nursing
Delta State University won the 2000 NCAA Division II national football championship. Delta State University's football team won the Gulf South Conference Championship in 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2014. They were runner-up within the D-2 National Championship in 2010. They were put out in the 4th round of the playoffs in 2011.
As per US news, Delta State University has secured the following rankings -
#79 - in Regional Universities South
#76 - in Top Performers on Social Mobility
#33 - in Top Public Schools
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
Residents of Mississippi pay an annual total price of $20,068 to attend Delta State University on a full-time basis. This fee is comprised of $7,076 for tuition, $7,722 room and board, $1,500 for books and supplies and $170 for other fees. Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $20,068 which is 0% higher than Mississippi residents. The tuition charge is $7,076 while room and board are $7,722, books and supplies are $1,500 and other fees come in at $170.
The average reported annual net price for Delta State University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $12,669. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the average cost for room and board and other expenses.
Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4-year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Delta State University to be $80,272 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$39,125 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The FAFSA School Code for Delta State University is 002403.
The Office of Financial Assistance of Delta State University works to meet the financial needs of the Statesmen community. The department assists students with Federal and State aid programs, student loans, state scholarships, and Federal Work-Study. Financial Assistance monitors scholarship awards made by Delta State University and provides off-campus scholarship information.
The most need-based of the scholar aid programs, this program provides grant aid to low- and middle-income undergraduate students. Awards vary counting on the value of attendance and financial circumstances of scholars and their families. Pell grants do not have to be repaid.
Most of the Delta State University students receive some kind of financial assistance, in any of the following forms: merit scholarships, athletic grants, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Mississippi Tuition Grants, Mississippi Competitive Scholarships, Delta State University grants and/or loans.
Few Scholarships available under Delta State University are-
Mississippi Eminent Scholarship
Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant
Higher education Legislative Plan (HELP) Scholarship
Eagle Scout Scholarship
Star Student Scholarship
The total aid awarded by Delta State University is $13,343,225