Delta State University offers an extensive orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester. Sessions for entering freshmen and transfer students, who have been admitted to the university and parents of first-time students, will be held in June and July. Freshman and transfer students will attend a one-day program designed to familiarize you with DSU policies and procedures while introducing you to faculty, staff, students and campus life.

Orientation 2019 will be held during the following dates:

June 3, June 24, July 8

Select “Register Now” below to register for an Orientation session. Selecting the button below will take you to the Admissions webpage to create an application account, if you haven’t already done so. We encourage you to begin your Admissions to DSU! If you have already been admitted, you may log into your Admissions account and register for Orientation.

Registration for New Student Orientation 2019 has ended.

Orientation Schedules

Parents and guests are encouraged to attend an Orientation session with their DSU student. If attending, students are required to attend all scheduled events in order to register for fall courses.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life by phone at 662-846-4666 or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning to attend Orientation, you are encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions. Chances are, we may have the answer to your question. However, feel free to contact our Office staff for more information, by clicking “Contact Us” on the left side of this page.

What is Orientation?

Delta State University offers summer Orientation sessions that are designed to familiarize you with University policies and procedures while introducing you to faculty, staff, and campus life.

When is Orientation held?

Orientation 2018 sessions will be held on the following dates:

June 11th, June 28th, and July 16th

Who may attend Orientation?

Orientation sessions are offered for first-time freshman, transfer students, and parents of all new students. Parents and guests are limited to two (2) per student.

Does it matter which session I attend?

No! New this year, freshman and transfer students will both attend the same one-day sessions.

The dates for these sessions have been chosen with the student in mind; however, due to limited accommodations, sessions are subject to close. Register for only one session.

How long are the sessions?

Orientation check-in begins at 8:00 am and the session begins promptly at 9:00 am. The session will last until mid-afternoon.

All students are required to attend all scheduled events in order to pre-register for fall courses.

Do you offer something for parents?

Yes! We always welcome parents to our campus. As a matter of fact, we want parents to attend the same session as the student attends, if possible. Sessions are designed for the student and guest(s) in mind. So, Parents, please make every effort to attend…our goal is that it will only make you feel better about entrusting us with your student.

Do you provide housing for students and/or parents/guests?

Students attending any one Orientation session are limited to two (2) guests. Since the Orientation program now consists of a one-day session, we do not have available on-campus housing accommodations.  Select the “Visit Cleveland” tab to view contact information for local accommodations.

How much does it cost to attend an Orientation session?

$75.00 per student
There will be no registration for parents/guest(s)

Guests are limited to two (2) per student.

Check, Cash, Credit Card, and Money Order are acceptable payment forms. Payment will be collected during session check-in.

You may want to bring extra money for personal purchases (i.e. Bookstore items, downtown shopping) and we encourage each parent to bring $10 to join the Parents Association. Please visit the Parents Association website for more information.

How can I sign up for Orientation?

You must sign up for Orientation by completing the online reservation form that is available through the students’ admissions account. Again, please note that sessions are subject to close and reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis!

Please do not send money. All fees will be collected at Session Check-In for all reservations made for Orientation. The money is non-refundable, so do NOT make reservations for multiple sessions.

Where do I park for Orientation?

The parking lot located north of Kent Wyatt Hall (#15 on the Orientation Campus Map) will be open to our Orientation guests and students. Check-In for Orientation begins in Kent Wyatt Hall. You may continue to stay parked in this parking lot throughout the Orientation Session(s). Click here to download a copy of the Orientation Campus Map.

Select the “Visit Campus” and “Visit Cleveland” tabs for more information about accommodations.

Visit Cleveland

If you are planning to attend Orientation, please note that DSU does not provide overnight accommodations for parents and/or guests.

Hampton Inn
912 N. Davis Avenue
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 846-2915
Holiday Inn Express
808 N. Davis Avenue
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 843-9300
Comfort Inn
807 N. Davis Avenue
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 846-1525
Rodeway Inn
721 N. Davis Avenue
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 843-4060

The City of Cleveland, Miss., named Smithsonian Magazine’s “Number 2 Small Town to Visit in 2013, is a hip little town in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Home to GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in the spring of 2016, Cleveland is a town filled with history, amazing shopping, dining and much more. Be sure to check out local attractions, restaurants, and events while you attend DSU Orientation. Select the button below to learn more about Cleveland.

City of Cleveland

Visit Campus

If you are interested in visiting campus prior to attending an Orientation session, be sure to Schedule a Tour with the Office of Admissions, by selecting the button below.

Schedule a Tour

For more information about touring campus, contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 662.846.4020.

Get to Campus

From Memphis, Tenn. – Take U.S. 61 south to Cleveland, Miss. (about 110 miles). In Cleveland, turn right on to MS Hwy 8 West and proceed through the business district. Go through the 4th traffic signal (intersection of MS Hwy 8 and Fifth Avenue). The main entrance to the campus is on the left.

From Jackson, Miss. – Take U.S. 49 north to Yazoo City. In Yazoo City, follow Hwy 49 toward Greenwood, Miss. Remain on U.S. Hwy 49 to Indianola, Miss. (about 65-70 miles). Turn left on U.S. 82 East (4-way stop). Proceed about ¾ mile to MS Hwy 448. Turn right on to MS Hwy 448 and proceed 15 miles to Shaw, Miss. Turn right on to U.S. Hwy 61 north into Cleveland (10.8 miles). Turn Left on to MS Hwy 8 West and proceed through the business district. Go through the 4th traffic signal (intersection of MS Hwy 8 and Fifth Avenue). The main entrance to the campus is on the left.

From Greenville/Vicksburg, Miss. – Take U.S. 61 north into Cleveland, Miss. (about 110 miles) to the intersection of MS Hwy 8 west in Cleveland. Turn Left on to MS Hwy 8 West and proceed through the business district. Go through the 4th traffic signal (intersection of MS Hwy 8 and Fifth Avenue). The main entrance to the campus is on the left.

For Interstate-55 Travelers from Jackson-area, MS Gulf Coast, and LouisianaTake I-55 north to Grenada, Miss. and take Exit 206 (MS Hwys 7-8). Turn to left onto MS Hwy 8 West. MS Hwy 8 bears right in Holcomb, Miss. Remain on Hwy 8 West into Cleveland and proceed through the business district. Go through the 4th traffic signal (intersection of MS Hwy 8 and Fifth Avenue). The main entrance to the campus is on the left.

For air TravelersMemphis, Tenn. and Jackso, Miss. International Airports, which are served by major carriers, are 2-2 ½ hours from Cleveland, Miss. The Mid-Delta Regional Airport at Greenville is served by Northwest Airlink flights from Memphis, Tenn., and is located about 45 minutes from the DSU campus. Use above directions for vehicle navigation from landing destination.

If you are attending Orientation and need a little help with navigating campus, select the button below to view the Orientation Campus Map.

Orientation Campus Map

What to Bring for University Admission

If you have already received a letter from the Office of Admissions stating that you are fully admitted to Delta State University, ignore these items. If you have not received that letter, bring to Orientation the following:

  • Immunization Records (must show two doses of MMR)
  • Copy of final, Official High School Transcript, in a sealed envelope from school
  • Copy of all Official College Transcript(s), in a sealed envelope from school

Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding your student account by email at admissions@deltastate.edu or by phone at 662-846-4020.

What to Bring to Orientation

  • Everyone – It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes for walking and casual clothes (it will be hot!).  We also recommend that you bring a raincoat and/umbrella if the forecast calls for rain.  Students will receive a lunch meal ticket in their bags at check-in.  However, parents should bring money for meals, items purchased at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and other local businesses.
  • Parents/Guardians – Bring $10 to join the Parents Association (PA). To learn more about PA, visit our homepage by selecting “Parents Association” on the left side of this page.

Attended Orientation 2018?

If you have already attended Orientation, you are encouraged to complete the DSU Orientation 2018 evaluation and survey by selecting the Evaluation button below.


To make sure you have taken care of everything needed to make your first DSU semester successful, review our bullets below:

  • Apply for Admission
  • Send Application supplemental items (i.e. shot records and transcripts)
  • Receive Certificate of Admission
  • Apply for on campus Housing and a Meal Plan
  • Complete Financial Aid documents (FAFSA, MS aid, etc.)
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor
  • Register for fall courses
  • Print a campus map and mark your classes
  • Access student Okramail account
  • Access Canvas online classroom management account
  • Purchase a Parking Decal
  • Purchase Textbooks and DSU Apparel
  • Meet new friends

Feel free to contact your Orientation Leader, or the Office of Student Life staff, for assistance!

Did not attend Orientation 2018?

If you did not attend Orientation, you are encouraged to visit campus for Express Registration Day.  For more information, please call the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or via email at admissions@deltastate.edu.

Move-In Day

#MVN2DSU is the official move-in day event of the fall semester.  Students that have already received their room assignment may report directly to their residence hall for check-in. We have a host of local churches, community groups, DSU student organizations, and faculty/staff and volunteers to assist you in moving into your Residence Hall room.  It’s a fun day to make new friends and get settles into your new home away from home!  Move-in Day for the Fall 2019 semester is Sunday, August 18, 2019.

The #MVN2DSU Welcome Tent, located in front of the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria, is available come-and-go from 1-5 p.m. Come by the Welcome Tent to visit with this year’s vendors and sponsors:

  • Denton’s Dairy
  • Domino’s
  • Sonic America’s Drive-In
  • Sherlone’s Sno Cones

Many campus departments will be available from 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. as well. Those include, but are not limited to Housing & Residence Life, Office of Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Student Business Services, University Police Department, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and more.

Want to volunteer for #MVN2DSU, contact the Office of Student Life by phone at 662-846-4666 or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu.

Jonathan Kent
Student Director
Water Valley, MS

Alexis Webb
Assistant Student Director
Batesville, MS

Ashley Britton
Olive Branch, MS

Kelly Cardelli
Southaven, MS
Speech & Hearing Sciences

Joshua Carter
Hernando, MS

Mary Morgan Clark
Macon, MS
Healthcare Administration

John-Crawford Counts
Oklahoma City, OK
Business Marketing

Maggie Evans
Southaven, MS
Elementary Education

McKenna Holden
Senatobia, MS
Child Development

Hannah Malatesta
Batesville, MS
Exercise Science

Katie Ann Martin
Rolling Fork, MS
Social Work

Hayley Morgan
Hernando, MS

Baylee Palasini
Leland, MS

Bry’Kevia Parks
Walls, MS
Social Work

 Mason Vice
Ocean Springs, MS
General Business

H.L. Nowell Union, Room 200

Fax: 662-846-4662

Mailing address
DSU Box 3202
Cleveland, MS 38733