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Enrolling at Delta State University can provide you with the advantages of a small campus and a public university all at the same time. As you drive to your school visit, or to move onto campus, you may be struck by just how far away it is from everything. There are some other towns nearby, but they’re all about the same size and aren’t likely to offer much of anything livelier than Cleveland, Mississippi, where the school is located. You may be disappointed or relieved at the school’s location, depending on what you want to accomplish while you attend.

Overview of Delta State University

The campus is spread out but it is beautiful. Dorms, academic buildings restaurants and a performing arts center are all within walking distance. You may not need to worry about using your car much. And Cleveland is small enough that you’re going to find places to shop and eat fairly quickly. There isn’t much around the local community except for farmland.

Delta State awards degrees ranging from bachelor’s up to doctorate degrees and it also offers certificate programs lasting less than a year, up to two years, and some post-master’s certificates.

On top of all this, Delta State University offers local high school seniors the opportunity to earn credits while they are still in high school. This is a dual credit program, which means high school students earn both high school and college credits at the same time. You can also earn credits for successfully passing your AP exams, no matter where you hail from.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 39%
Year Founded 1924

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,751


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,306
Female 1,803

Graduate Student

Male 270
Female 372

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Male 433
Female 639


Male 407
Female 601

Acceptance Rate94%

Male 94%
Female 94%

Enrollment 292

Male 142
Female 150
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total cost for a recent academic year was $20,879. This includes tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and other various costs or fees.

However, the cost of attendance after financial aid is applied was $12,593 as of the same year. This is called the average net price. Still, you may not pay that full amount, or you may end up owing more. It all depends on how much financial aid you are eligible for, which depends on your families most recent annual income: something you will have to include when you fill out your FAFSA for financial aid.

In recent years, families earning less than $30,000 paid around $11,053. Families earning between $48,000 and $75,000 paid around $13,244. And families earning more than $110,001 paid around $16,187. So, depending on where you fall on this spectrum, it can change how much you can expect to owe after financial aid is applied. Of course, if you apply for and are awarded more grants or scholarships than other students, that can also lower your overall cost.

As a first-year student, you will be encouraged to file for financial aid as it can help you and your parents tremendously. The percentage of beginning students applying for financial aid is 94%; of that group, 88% received grants or scholarships averaging $7,143 and 65% received an average of $5,169 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $12,593
Average Total Aid $7,143
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $7,908

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,671
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $7,671
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $7,908
  • Other - $3,800


Many students aren’t sure what they want to major in when they attend college, or even during their first year. However, it’s best to know what the school you attend offers so that you can keep these choices in mind as you attend your general education courses. The most popular degree programs at Delta State are education; health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; visual and performing arts; and biological and biomedical Sciences. Explore different degrees, majors, and minors in their online catalog and see what appeals to you.

You may not know it, but as a first-year student, you’re going to become one part of an important statistic the university keeps. Every year, DSU measures the percentage of students who return for their second year of school. This is the retention rate, which shows how many first-year students return for their sophomore year and is often considered to provide some insight as to whether or not students get the education and attention, they need in their first year at the school. DSU’s retention rate is solid at 67% for full-time students and 29% for part-time students. Another statistic measured from year to year is the graduation rate. At DSU, the 4-year graduation rate is 20%, which sounds low but is not overwhelmingly so, and the 6-year rate is 39%, which is a bit low. It’s important to note that these graduation rates do not track any students that transfer to another school and graduate from there instead.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,751

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Education Majors 120 Total Graduates / 20%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 64 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 38 Graduates
Music Teacher Education 8 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 5 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 95 Total Graduates / 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 74 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 11 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 10 Graduates
All Business Majors 82 Total Graduates / 14%
Business/Commerce, General 25 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 21 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 17 Graduates
Accounting 10 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 53 Total Graduates / 9%
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other 20 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts, General 18 Graduates
Music, General 8 Graduates
Digital Arts 7 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 43 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 43 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 34%

Outcome & Salary

Let’s say you graduate from Delta State University and land your first post-college job right after. While we can’t see into the future to tell you how much you will earn, you can look at the average incomes of previous graduates to get an idea. DSU graduates earned early-career salaries of $42,200 and mid-career salaries of closer to $73,000. While the first is a bit low for early-career earnings, the mid-career earnings are actually higher than average for graduates of a public institution.

Based on these numbers, we can expect a graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential to be $602,980 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,332,980. If you then deduct the average 4-year cost of education ($50,372) from these totals, you’ll get a sense of the potential return on investment (ROI) from this degree. Graduate’s 10-year projected (ROI) $552,608 and their 20-year ROI is $1,282,608.

Some high school students may choose not to go to college or may not have the funds. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840. While there are outliers from this, it may be a good idea to consider this possible outcome if you are considering forgoing college altogether.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $42,200
College Grads Average Salary $60,298
College Grads Mid Career Salary $73,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $602,980
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,332,980
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $50,372
10 Year Projected ROI $552,608
20 Year Projected ROI $1,282,608
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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