Delta State University: Narrative Description

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Hwy. 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733-0001
Tel: (662)846-3000
Free: 800-468-6378
Admissions: (662)846-4658
Fax: (662)846-4016
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1924. Setting: 332-acre small town campus. Endowment: $12.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $13,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $4902 per student. Total enrollment: 3,853. Faculty: 281 (164 full-time, 117 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,059 applied, 50% were admitted. 32% from top quarter of their high school class, 63% from top half. Full-time: 2,670 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 478 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 26 states and territories, 21 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 37% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0% international, 24% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview for art, music majors. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3582 full-time, $127 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8522 full-time, $333 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $490 full-time. College room and board: $3734.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 86 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Alumni Association, Baptist Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Delta Volunteers. Major annual events: Homecoming, Renaissance Faire, Springfest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,113 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Roberts-LaForge Library plus 1 other with 345,565 books, 828,979 microform titles, 1,268 serials, 18,493 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 293 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located midway between Memphis, Tennessee and Vicksburg, Mississippi, the city has a public library, several churches representing the major denominations, and a hospital. Bus lines are accessible to the area and a regional airport is located 30 miles from campus in Greenville. Recreation is provided in the community through a local Little Theatre, movies, swimming pools, 4 municipal parks, a nine-hole golf course, bowling, and fishing and hunting in the nearby lake region. Average living facilities are provided by a hotel, motel, several apartments, rooming houses and dormitories. The city has over 35 civic, fraternal and business organizations. Some part-time employment is available for students.

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