117
currently enrolled
96
international retention rate
47
countries represented

International Students

For international admissions information please contact:

Whitney Delaney
Admissions Specialist
International Student Services
Division of Student Success Center
international@deltastate.edu
1-662-846-4574

Admissions Deadlines:

Summer: April 1
Fall: July 31
Spring: December 4

Welcome!

Delta State University welcomes international students to the Mississippi Delta. Whether you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, we have the right academic program for you. Our goal in International Student Services, a Division of the Student Success Center, is to be a home away from home for our international student body.

Our international advisors help you receive one-on-one assistance, guidance and advice from the very beginning of the application and enrollment process, throughout your time at Delta State, and post-graduation. Delta State University is a public institution with multiple degree programs. Undergraduate programs provide educational opportunities in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Education/Human Sciences, and Nursing. Graduate and Continuing Studies programs include options at the masters, educational specialist, and doctoral levels that provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

As you connect with Delta State’s International Student Services, you will find out why so many students choose to make Delta State University their home away from home.

How do you classify?

Undergraduate Freshman

Students who have earned a high school diploma but do not have any college credit.

Undergraduate Transfer

Students who have earned some college credit from another college or university.

Graduate

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree.

Undergraduate Students

1. Undergraduate Application

Please complete the application and email it to Elise Mallette, Coordinator of International Student Services at emallette@deltastate.edu.

Download International Undergraduate Admissions Application

2. Payment Authorization Form

Download Payment Authorization Form

Please complete the Payment Authorization Form, which grants Delta State permission to process credit card information for the following fees:

  • $100 international application fee
  • $50 housing deposit (freshman – required, transfer – optional; if you would like to live on campus)
  • Expedited Mailing Fee (required; amount unknown until processed by UPS on day of shipping)

Delta State is authorized to process American Express, Discover, Master Card, and Visa credit cards. Delta State cannot process an international debit card, nor will the university accept a wire transfer or bank transfer for the fees listed above.

For tracking purposes, UPS expedited mailing of documents is a requirement for all applicants, including applicants already in the U.S.

3. Non-U.S. Transcript Evaluation

A non-U.S. transcript evaluation with a 2.0 (or above) cumulative GPA on the U.S. 4.0 grading scale is required.

Please request that an official/complete WES or ECE transcript evaluation for each previously attended non-U.S. school/university be submitted directly to Delta State University International Student Services.


WES Evaluations


ECE Evaluations

4. U.S. Transcript

If you have attended a U.S. university or college, please request an official/final transcript be submitted to Delta State International Student Services either electronically through ESCRIPT or mailed from previous university to:

Elise Mallette
Coordinator of International Student Services/PDSO
Division of Student Success Center
Delta State University, Union 308
1003 W Sunflower Road
DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733

5. Official ACT or SAT Score Report

An official SAT or ACT score report will need to be submitted from the testing center to Delta State University.

School code for needed for testing centers:

  • SAT = 1163
  • ACT = 002190

Minimum score requirements:


An SAT or ACT score report is required for:

  • Freshman
  • Transfer from a U.S. university that have not completed all 30 semester hours listed below
    • 6 hours – English Composition
    • 3 hours – College Algebra (or higher math)
    • 6 hours – Laboratory Science
    • 6 hours – Behavioral Science
    • 9 hours – Transferable Academic Electives

An SAT or ACT score is waived for:

  • Transfer from U.S. university with all 30 semester hours listed above and 2.0 (or above) cumulative GPA.
  • Transfer from non-U.S. university with a minimum of one academic year of study with a 2.0 (or above) cumulative GPA.

6. English Language Proficiency Test

An official TOEFL or IELTS score report will need to be submitted from the testing center to Delta State University, International Student Services.


TOEFL

  • Minimum scores accepted:
    • Internet based testing – 70
    • Paper based testing – 525
    • Computer based testing – 196
  • Request score report >>

IELTS


English language proficiency tests are required for:

  • Freshman or international transfer students from Non-English speaking countries.
  • Transfer students who have not completed 30 semester hour transfer requirement from U.S. university.

English language proficiency tests are waived for:

  • Students from an English speaking country who can provide an official senior certificate or official letter from high school stating that education was completed primarily in the English language.
  • Transfer students that have completed 30 semester hour transfer requirement from U.S. university.

7. Declaration of Financial Support

Download Declaration of Financial Support

  • Estimated financial breakdown for one academic year listed on bottom of page 2 of Declaration of Financial Support.
  • You will need to fill out page 1 and sign the bottom of page 2.
  • Whoever agrees to be financially responsible for you while enrolled at Delta State will need to fill out the sponsor section on page 2.
    • Can have up to 2 financial sponsors.
  • This will need to be completed even if you plan to receive a scholarship or other financial assistance.

8. Financial Bank Statement

  • This will need to be an official bank statement for whoever completes financial sponsor section of Declaration of Financial Support.
  • The statement meet all of the following requirements:
    • Show account owner & bank/financial institution’s name and address
    • Show minimum available account balance of 19,069 USD
    • Be current within the 6 months of semester start date
    • Must be signed, stamped, and dated by an official bank representative
    • Clearly list type of currency being used
  • This will need to be submitted and the available account balance must be equal to or greater than 19,069 USD, even if you are planning to receive a scholarship or other financial assistance.

9. Medical Requirements

DSU requires all international applicants submit verification of 2 immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR 1 & 2), along with an official TB chest x-ray report indicating the applicant does not have any signs of tuberculosis, prior to receiving university acceptance or creation of the I-20.

Athletic applicants will be required to also submit a sickle cell blood test in addition to the MMR 1 & 2 and TB documentation.  The sickle cell blood test report will not hinder acceptance or creation of the I-20.

Please see below for more information.

MMR 1 & 2 immunization record

  • Must indicate you have completed two vaccinations for each of the following: measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Record must be signed/dated by the doctor and translated into English.
  • Verification of two vaccinations for MMR must be submitted for university acceptance and creation of I-20.

TB Chest X-ray

  • X-ray report must clearly indicate each of the following and be dated within 1 year of program start date:
    • Applicant’s name
    • Test results: “Positive for signs of tuberculosis” (shows signs of TB) or “Negative for signs of tuberculosis” (shows no signs of TB)
    • Doctor’s name (typed) and handwritten signature
    • Be on official medical facility’s letterhead
    • Be translated in English
  • Must be submitted for university acceptance and creation of I-20.

Sickle Cell blood test (athletes only)

  • Required for all athletic applicants.
  • Results must clearly indicate each of the following and be dated within 1 year of program start date:
    • Applicant’s name
    • Test results: “Positive for sickle cell” (have sickle cell blood disorder) or “Negative for sickle cell” (do not have sickle cell blood disorder)
    • Doctor’s name (typed) and handwritten signature
    • Be on official medical facility’s letterhead
    • Be translated in English
  • This requirement will not hinder university acceptance or creation of the I-20.

10. Housing

Undergraduate Housing

  • Required for all international freshmen throughout their first academic year of enrollment.
  • Optional for sophomore, junior and senior international students.

Download Housing Application

11. International Student Insurance

DSU requires all international students be enrolled in DSU’s international student health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled upon acceptance and renewed throughout enrollment. Coverage begins on the program start date (first day of classes), is set up in 6 month increments (August 1 – January 31, February 1 – July 31), and will be automatically renewed each semester of enrollment throughout graduation.

If you begin enrollment with DSU during the spring semester, your 1st insurance payment may be more than the amount indicated on your Declaration of Financial Support because you will need to be covered for an additional month (January).

Upon acceptance, you will be sent an insurance form by email, along with I-20 and copy of acceptance letter. Please fill out the form and email it back to Elise Mallette, Coordinator of International Services, in order for DSU to create your insurance policy prior to your arrival to the DSU campus. If you are over the age of 25, you will be offered the option to enroll in the DSU approved group policy automatically (higher charge due to age) or to enroll in a private policy through the DSU approved insurance company (lower charge due to private coverage instead of group rate/age). You will be able to indicate your selection on the insurance form mentioned above.

Please see our International Insurance Summary of Benefits to see a list of services that will be covered by the group policy (for ages 24 and under). If you are 25 and over and have selected to enroll in a private policy through the DSU approved insurance company, we will provide a Summary of Benefits for the particular plan you selected.

For more information, please see the DSU approved international student insurance website.

Graduate Students

Graduate Application

Please complete the application and email it to Elise Mallette, Coordinator of International Student Services at emallette@deltastate.edu.

Download International Graduate Admissions Application

2. Payment Authorization Form

Download Payment Authorization Form

Please complete the Payment Authorization Form, which grants Delta State permission to process credit card information for the following fees:

  • $100 international application fee
  • $50 housing deposit (optional – only required if want to live on-campus)
  • Expedited Mailing fee (required; amount unknown until processed by UPS on day of shipping)

Delta State is authorized to process Visa, American Express, Discover, and Master Card credit cards. Delta State cannot process an international debit card, nor will the university accept a wire transfer or bank transfer for the fees listed above.

For tracking purposes, UPS expedited mailing of documents is a requirement for all applicants including applicants already in the U.S.

3. Non-U.S. Transcript Evaluation

A non-U.S. transcript evaluation with a 2.0 (or above) cumulative GPA on the U.S. 4.0 grading scale is required.

Please request that an official/complete WES or ECE transcript evaluation for each previously attended non-U.S. school/university be submitted directly to Delta State University International Student Services.


WES Evaluations


ECE Evaluations

4. U.S. Transcript

If you have attended a U.S. university or college, please request an official/final transcript be submitted to Delta State International Student Services either electronically through ESCRIPT or mailed from previous university to:

Elise Mallette
Coordinator of International Student Services/PDSO
Division of Student Success Center
Delta State University, Union 308
1003 W Sunflower Road
DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733

5. Undergraduate GPA Requirement

Specific degree programs have specific cumulative undergraduate GPA (UGPA) requirements. Please see the academic program’s degree requirements listed online. An official SAT or ACT score report will need to be submitted from the testing center to Delta State University. Minimum score requirements:

6. Program Specific Entrance Test

Some academic programs may require an entrance exam such as GMAT, PRAXIS, or GRE. Please see the specific academic program’s website for test/score requirements.

7. English Language Proficiency Test

An official TOEFL or IELTS score report will need to be submitted from the testing center to Delta State University International Student Services.


TOEFL

  • Minimum scores accepted:
    • Internet based testing – 70
    • Paper based testing – 525
    • Computer based testing – 196
  • Request score report >>

IELTS


English language proficiency tests are required for:

  • Freshman or international transfer students from Non-English speaking countries.
  • Transfer students who have not completed 30 semester hour transfer requirement from U.S. university.

English language proficiency tests are waived for:

  • Students from an English speaking country who can provide an official senior certificate or official letter from high school stating that education was completed primarily in the English language.
  • Transfer students that have completed 30 semester hour transfer requirement from U.S. university.

8. Declaration of Financial Support

Download Declaration of Financial Support

  • Estimated financial breakdown for one academic year listed on bottom of page 2 of Declaration of Financial Support.
  • You will need to fill out page 1 and sign the bottom of page 2.
  • Whoever agrees to be financially responsible for you while enrolled at Delta State will need to fill out the sponsor section on page 2.
    • Can have up to 2 financial sponsors.
  • This will need to be completed even if you plan to receive a scholarship or other financial assistance.

9. Financial Bank Statement

  • This will need to be an official bank statement for whoever completes financial sponsor section of Declaration of Financial Support.
  • The statement meet all of the following requirements:
    • Show account owner & bank/financial institution’s name and address.
    • Show minimum available account balance of 19,069 USD.
    • Be current within the 6 months of semester start date.
    • Must be signed, stamped, and dated by an official bank representative.
    • Clearly list type of currency being used.
  • This will need to be submitted and the available account balance must be equal to or greater than 19,069 USD, even if you are planning to receive a scholarship or other financial assistance.

10. Medical Requirements

DSU requires all international applicants submit verification of 2 immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR 1 & 2), along with an official TB chest x-ray report indicating the applicant does not have any signs of tuberculosis, prior to receiving university acceptance or creation of the I-20.

Athletic applicants will be required to also submit a sickle cell blood test in addition to the MMR 1 & 2 and TB documentation.  The sickle cell blood test report will not hinder acceptance or creation of the I-20.

Please see below for more information.

MMR 1 & 2 immunization record

  • Must indicate you have completed two vaccinations for each of the following: measles, mumps, and rubella.
  • Record must be signed/dated by the doctor and translated into English.
  • Verification of two vaccinations for MMR must be submitted for university acceptance and creation of I-20.

TB Chest X-ray

  • X-ray report must clearly indicate each of the following and be dated within 1 year of program start date:
    • Applicant’s name
    • Test results: “Positive for signs of tuberculosis” (shows signs of TB) or “Negative for signs of tuberculosis” (shows no signs of TB)
    • Doctor’s name (typed) and handwritten signature
    • Be on official medical facility’s letterhead
    • Be translated in English
  • Must be submitted for university acceptance and creation of I-20.

Sickle Cell blood test (athletes only)

  • Required for all athletic applicants. 
  • Results must clearly indicate each of the following and be dated within 1 year of program start date:
    • Applicant’s name
    • Test results: “Positive for sickle cell” (have sickle cell blood disorder) or “Negative for sickle cell” (do not have sickle cell blood disorder)
    • Doctor’s name (typed) and handwritten signature
    • Be on official medical facility’s letterhead
    • Be translated in English
  • This requirement will not hinder university acceptance or creation of the I-20.

11. Housing

Graduate Housing

  • Optional for all graduate level international students

Download Housing Application

12. International Student Insurance

DSU requires all international students be enrolled in DSU’s international student health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled upon acceptance and renewed throughout enrollment. Coverage begins on the program start date (first day of classes), is set up in 6 month increments (August 1 – January 31, February 1 – July 31), and will be automatically renewed each semester of enrollment throughout graduation.

If you begin enrollment with DSU during the spring semester, your 1st insurance payment may be more than the amount indicated on your Declaration of Financial Support because you will need to be covered for an additional month (January).

Upon acceptance, you will be sent an insurance form by email, along with I-20 and copy of acceptance letter. Please fill out the form and email it back to Elise Mallette, Coordinator of International Services, in order for DSU to create your insurance policy prior to your arrival to the DSU campus. If you are over the age of 25, you will be offered the option to enroll in the DSU approved group policy automatically (higher charge due to age) or to enroll in a private policy through the DSU approved insurance company (lower charge due to private coverage instead of group rate/age). You will be able to indicate your selection on the insurance form mentioned above.

Please see our International Insurance Summary of Benefits to see a list of services that will be covered by the group policy (for ages 24 and under). If you are 25 and over and have selected to enroll in a private policy through the DSU approved insurance company, we will provide a Summary of Benefits for the particular plan you selected.

For more information, please see the DSU approved international student insurance website.