Orientation

Orientation

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 students and guests attend a two-day program, while transfer students and guest attend for one day only. Sessions are designed to familiarize you with DSU policies and procedures while introducing you to faculty, staff, students and campus life.

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.

Register Now

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life, H. L. Nowell Union, Room 200, by phone at 662-846-4666 or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu.

Meet the Orientation Team

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are some of the first students you may meet at Delta State University. OLs apply, interview, and are selected to lead new students in their transition to DSU. They are committed to assist students, and parents and visitors, throughout the summer sessions as well as throughout the academic year.

The 2017 Orientation Leaders:

2017 orientation group and individuals-10Carly King
Student Director
Senior, Elem. Education
Nesbit, Miss.

2017 orientation group and individuals-18 - Samuel CSamuel Cooper
Asst. Student Director
Junior, Biology
Cleveland, Miss.

2017 orientation group and individuals-14 - Chris GChris Gleaves
Sophomore, Flight Ops
Oakland, Tenn.

2017 orientation group and individuals-16 - Jordan HJordan Hartz
Junior, Business Admin.
Summit, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-8 - Rajheem JRajheem Jamison
Junior, Exercise Science
Kosciusko, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-22 - Taylor JTaylor Johnson
Junior, Accounting
Long Beach, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-25 - Johnna LJohnna Ladd
Senior, Exercise Science
Southaven, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-5 - China LChina Lewis
Junior, Elem. Education
Clarksdale, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-27 - Katy Ann MKaty Ann Martin
Sophomore, Psychology
Rolling Fork, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-19 - Letia MLetia McGee
Senior, Biology
Coldwater, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-24 - Abbi MAbbi Myers
Junior, Marketing
Yazoo City, Miss.
2017 orientation group and individuals-12 - Carly UCarly Upchurch
Sophomore, Accounting
Grenada, Miss.

What to Bring for University Admission

If you have already received a letter from the Office of Admissions 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

  • Freshmen – Bring linens and/or sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, and clothes for an overnight stay for your two-day Orientation
  • 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.
  • Everyone – Bring money for meals not provided by DSU Orientation, and items purchased at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore and other local businesses. Orientation fees for students and guests will be collected at Session Check-In.

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, click here to download a copy of the Orientation Campus Map.

Orientation Campus Map

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

Attended Orientation 2016?

If you have already attended Orientation, you are encouraged to complete the DSU Orientation 2016 evaluation and survey by selecting the Evaluation button below.

Evaluation

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 your Academic Advisor
  • Register for 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

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

Did not attend Orientation 2016?

If you did not attend Orientation, you are encouraged to visit campus for Express Registration Day 2016. Select the button below to view the checklist made for you.

New Student                     Returning Student

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning to attend Orientation, you are encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions by selecting the button below. Chances are, we have the answer. 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?

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

When is Orientation held?

Orientation 2017 will be held during the following dates:

Freshman Sessions: June 1-2nd, June 5-6th, July 10-11th, and July 13-14th

Transfer Sessions: June 9th, June 13th, and July 18th

Who may attend Orientation?

Orientation sessions are offered for first-time freshman, transfer students and parents of all new students.

Does it matter which session I attend?

Yes!  Freshman sessions are reserved for first-time incoming freshmen only!  Transfer sessions are reserved for students who have attended another college or university for a semester or more, prior to May of the current year.

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?

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

Freshman Orientation is a two-day event with check-in beginning at 8:00 am on day one and lasting until midday on day two.

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.

How much does it cost to attend an Orientation session?

Freshman: $65.00
Freshman Guest: $25 per person

Transfer: $40.00
Transfer Guest: $20 per person

Guests are limited to two (2) per student. Please bring check or cash to pay when you arrive for check-in.

This fee covers materials, meals, housing accommodations for students (Freshman only), and all scheduled entertainment activities during your stay on campus. The total of your fees for the student and guest(s) will be collected at 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.

We do not have available on-campus housing for guests. Select “Hotels in Cleveland” tab to find contact information for local accommodations.

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.

Move-In Day

Check out DSU’s “Move-In Day!” Residence Hall Move-In Day 2017 is not a required event, and there is no sign-up necessary! 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.

2017 Website

The #DSUmid2017 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:

  • Cleveland Chamber of Commerce
  • Denton’s Dairy
  • Domino’s
  • Nehi Bottling Company
  • Sonic America’s Drive-In
  • Sherlone’s Sno Cones

Many campus departments will be available from 1-5 p.m. as well. Those include, but are not limited to Office of Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Student Business Services, Police Office, and more.

Want to be a sponsor for #DSUmid2017, contact the Office of Student Life by phone at 662-846-4666 or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life by phone at 662-846-4666 or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu. Our Office staff will be happy to help you continue making connections on campus.