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Delta State enrollment increases over five percent

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For the fourth year in a row, Delta State University is proud to announce an increase in university enrollment.

The preliminary numbers, as of Sept. 8, were 3,035 undergraduate students and 743 graduate students, for a total enrollment of 3,778. The increase of nearly 5.5 percent was the largest increase among the state’s eight public universities this year.

According to Delta State University President William N. LaForge, the growth is due to a number of major institutional efforts.

“I am very pleased with the increase in enrollment for the fall of 2017,” said LaForge. “Early reports indicate we are up 190 students, or nearly 5.5 percent over last year. This significant uptick represents the fourth consecutive increase, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

LaForge credited six major reasons for the enrollment increase:

  • A great team of faculty and staff across campus.
  • Smarter and more targeted recruiting in high schools and community colleges. This includes doubling community college recruiters, and increasing partnerships with high schools.
  • Improved retention rates thanks to engaged faculty and programs such as the Student Success Center and First Year Seminar.
  • Signature programs that continue to attract more students, including the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Delta Music Institute, Health/Physical Education/Recreation, and Aviation.
  • Doubling the number of international students in the last three years.
  • Offering a competitive tuition rate with stellar academics, including capstone projects for every major — all at an unparalleled value.

“I would be remiss not to mention that we have a welcoming student environment,” added LaForge. “Students feel very welcomed here and have the total college experience. There’s a buzz on campus, and there’s excitement all around.”

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said recruitment efforts have focused on directly communicating with potential students.

“The recruiting staff worked very hard over this past year to reach new students, and one effort that may have contributed to the enrollment increase is the E-Communication Center that was implemented last fall,” said Thompson. “Current Delta State students contacted prospective students to speak with them about topics like campus events, scholarships, admissions deadlines, application reminders and more.”

Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, said the DMI program has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

“The sustained growth of the DMI program brought the opportunity to add a faculty member and a studio manager to our ranks in order to better serve our students,” said Walker. “We are grateful to the administration for their support of this unique program. With an incoming class of more than 30 new students this fall, the DMI will exceed 120 majors in our entertainment industry studies program. We are packed and we like it that way.”

Tim Colbert, chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said HPER is one of the fastest growing majors.

“HPER has good degree options in multiple areas that lead not just to employment, but also sustainable careers with a chance for advancement,” said Colbert. “Our faculty understand how to relate to students on a personal level and help them to deal with their issues to become successful.”

Additionally, Delta State saw another uptick this year in the number of international students. Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, is proud that the university has doubled its international student body since the spring of 2013.

“We love that our international student population is growing each year,” said Riddle. “International students contribute so much to campus because of their global perspectives and diverse cultures. We welcome them to Delta State and look forward to even more international students for years to come.

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

Express Registration Day set for Aug. 17

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Express Registration Day will take place at Delta State on Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students planning to attend the fall term who have not registered for classes are encouraged to check in at Kent Wyatt Hall to take advantage of available student services all at one time.

The first 25 participants to complete their course schedule will receive a free Delta State t-shirt. All students who register during Express Registration Day will be entered to win a book voucher from Barnes and Noble. Refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

“The goal of Express Registration Day is to provide incoming and returning students with the opportunity to take care of any outstanding business before the fall rush,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting at Delta State.

Representatives from the Office of Admissions, Financial Assistance, Student Business Services, Registrar, Housing, Graduate Studies, Student Life, Student Success Center and academic advisors will be available to assist students throughout the day.

Students are not required to sign up for Express Registration Day and may come and go at their convenience. Advising is only guaranteed through 2 p.m.

For details about the event, visit www.deltastate.edu/register, call the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020, or email admissions@deltastate.edu.

The staff in the Office of Admissions works with students to complete the undergraduate admission process, provides campus visits to prospective students, hosts and attends recruiting events, oversees new student scholarships and communicates with students individually. To complete an application or check admission status, visit www.deltastate.edu/account.

Alumni and Admissions team up for social media campaign

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A partnership between the Delta State University National Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions has created a fun initiative for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

The digital campaign created by the National Alumni Association, #deltastatebound, aims to promote awareness of the Delta State family culture to future Statesmen and alumni, as well as promote and engage a positive life-long alumni experience.

For those who have been admitted and have decided to continue their higher education at Delta State, the Alumni Association designed and provided yard sign gifts for the students as a celebratory ‘send off’ from their current residence. Using the hashtag #deltastatebound, students take to social media to share photos with the sign, letting the world know they’re coming to Delta State in the fall.

“The campaign is giving the new students a way to brand their commitment to Delta State. New students are having fun with the signs, which feature the Fighting Okra and Statesman mascots,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Relations. “We are also excited to compliment Admissions’ goal of providing students with an atmosphere that fosters commitment and a sense of belonging.”

Melissa Love, assistant director of Alumni Relations, added, “The impact of the campaign through social media outlets has been fantastic. Since our campaign began, the hashtag has been used by admitted students and Delta State officials through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These posts have gained thousands of likes and have collectively been shared dozens of times, including being shared by Mississippi Today. Analytics of our own social media accounts report reach totals of several thousand. This doesn’t include measurements from individuals who have posted the hashtag.”

Although primarily a digital campaign, the yard signs are being seen in neighborhoods across the state, additionally promoting Delta State pride.

Students interested in enrolling at Delta State may apply online at www.deltastate.edu/apply, and campus visits may be scheduled at www.deltastate.edu/visit. Students who have submitted an application may check their status by logging in to their student account any time or by calling 662-846-4020.

For more information on the admissions process or admitted student events, contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or email admissions@deltastate.edu.

For more information on the National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Save the dates: Pig Pickin’ (October 7) and Homecoming (November 11).

Delta State celebrates admitted students

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State recently hosted a series of events called “DSU Family Dinner” to celebrate the admitted class for the fall  of 2017.

Admitted freshmen students, along with transfer applicants across the region, were invited to have dinner with university representatives, future classmates, current students, and alumni. Dinners were held in Cleveland, Southaven, Oxford, and Jackson in March and April.

The goal of the event series was to provide the incoming students with an atmosphere that fosters commitment and a sense of belonging. Admissions recruiter Derrick Bean led the Oxford area dinner and wanted his guests to feel like family.familydinner1

“I wanted students to feel like they were going to be a part of a family, to have the opportunity to meet new people, and to feel like they were going to have a friend when they started a new school year at Delta State this fall,” said Bean.

The Alumni Association sponsored exclusive gifts for the students. Students received a #deltastatebound yard sign and were asked to snap a photo for social media. The signs are part of a digital campaign to promote awareness of the DSU family from future statesman to alumni.

Over 140 students and guests attended the dinners where information regarding housing, orientation, student accounts and more was shared. The Admissions staff continues to work with prospective students through the admissions process.

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, encouraged applicants to be aware of communications.

“A great deal of informative messaging goes out from Delta State during this time of year,” said Thompson. “Applicants are receiving letters, emails, text messages and social media reminders to take care of required items before enrolling in class in the fall. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of communication from Delta State because it is all important in the enrollment process.”

Students interested in enrolling at Delta State may apply online at www.deltastate.edu/apply, and campus visits may be scheduled at www.deltastate.edu/visit. Students who have submitted an application may check their status by logging in to their student account at any time or by calling 662-846-4020.

For more information on the admissions process or admitted student events, contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or email admissions@deltastate.edu.

Go Green Weekend returns

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Delta State University is gearing up for its fourth annual Go Green Weekend on campus April 7-9.

Each spring, students, faculty, staff, alumni and Delta State supporters gather for a full schedule of live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a Spring Preview Day on April 8 from the Office of Admissions.

The family friendly affair is a way for the Delta State community to celebrate all things green and white.

View the full schedule at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Spring Preview Day continues to grow each Go Green Weekend, as potential students have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, meet faculty and staff, interact with current students and student organizations, enjoy campus tours, and be a first-hand fan at Delta State athletic events.

“We are focusing on high school juniors and seniors, as well as transfer students,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting. “This year, we want our visitors to get the full experience of being a Statesman student. The Office of Admissions will provide information and answer questions, but these incoming students will also be able to engage with the broader Delta State community.”

Those interested in registering for Spring Visit Day are encouraged to sign up at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games.

The schedule of events is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.