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Delta State offers an educational experience like no other. Our students come from all walks of life, and there is an energy in the way they carry themselves. Our professors don’t just teach, they create new pathways of thought that lead to ideas you’ve never considered. With every discovery, you will see the world differently. It’s time to experience something. It’s time to join Delta State.

Be sure to list Delta State as a recipient of your ACT and SAT testing scores.

ACT Code 2190

SAT Code 1163

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Freshmen Admission Requirements

Become a Delta State student in a few easy steps:

1. Create your Delta State account. Visit your account page often to learn about upcoming events, schedule a campus tour, apply for admission and check your status.

2. Come visit campus. Picture yourself walking along a sidewalk lined with oak trees, surrounded by friends and speaking to everyone you pass. This is what you will find at Delta State University. We provide individual tours daily and group events in September, January, February and March. Be sure to visit your account page to schedule a tour or learn about upcoming campus events.

3. Submit the paperwork. The application for admission and the nonrefundable application fee of $25 begins the process. Ask your school counselor to mail your official high school transcript and list Delta State as a recipient of your ACT and SAT test scores. Proof of (2) immunizations for measles, mumps and rubella is required of all students, unless exempt because of (1) actual, suspected, pre-planned pregnancy, (2) medical contraindication or (3) birth prior to 1957.

Full admission will be granted to students who meet one or more of the following requirements.

Complete the College Prep Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 3.2 GPA
Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.5 GPA and score and at least 16 on the ACT or 770 on the SAT
Complete the CPC with a class rank in the upper 50% and score at least 16 on the ACT or 770 on the SAT
Complete the CPC with a minimum 2.0 GPA and score at least 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT
Satisfy the NCAA standards as a full qualifier under Division I guidelines

Required College Prep Curriculum

The minimum required CPC for full admission into a Mississippi public university is as follows:

English (4 Carnegie units)

  • All must require substantial communication skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Compensatory Reading and Writing may not be included.

Mathematics (3 Carnegie units)

  • Algebra I or its equivalent
  • Math higher than Algebra I (2 units)

Science (3 Carnegie units)

  • Biology I or its equivalent
  • Science higher than Biology I (2 units)

Social Studies (3 Carnegie units)

  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • U.S. Government (½ unit)
  • Economics (½ unit) or Introduction to World Geography (½ unit)

Arts: (1 Carnegie unit)

  • Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two ½ units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.

Advanced Electives (2 Carnegie units)

  • Option 1: Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II
  • Option 2: Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography
  • Option 3: Any combination of English, Mathematics higher than Algebra I, Science higher than Biology I, Advanced Elective category, any AP course, any IB course

Technology (½ Carnegie unit)

  • A course that emphasizes the use of technology as a productivity tool. Instruction should include utilizing various forms of technology to create, collaborate, organize, and publish information. The application of technology as a productivity tool, rather than specific hardware and/or software packages should be the focus of the course.

Total Carnegie units: 16 1/2 


Notes:

  • Pre-High School units: Courses taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided the course earns Carnegie credit and the content is the same as the high school course.
  • Substitutions: Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses can be substituted for each requirement in the College Preparatory Curriculum.
  • Course Acceptance: A course may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement.
  • The Required and Recommended College Preparatory Curricula (CPC) are approved by the IHL Board of Trustees, and the IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs maintains a complete list of courses that can be used to satisfy the CPC requirements. See www.mississippi.edu/admissions/.

Recommended College Prep Curriculum

The minimum recommended CPC for full admission into a Mississippi public university is as follows:

English (4 Carnegie units)

  • All must require substantial communication skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Compensatory Reading and Writing may not be included.

Mathematics (4 Carnegie units)

  • Algebra I or its equivalent
  • Math higher than Algebra I (3 units)

Science (4 Carnegie units)

  • Biology I or its equivalent
  • Science higher than Biology I (3 units)

Social Studies (4 Carnegie units)

  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • U.S. Government (½ unit)
  • Economics (½ unit)
  • Introduction to World Geography (½ unit)
  • Mississippi Studies (or state/local government course in any other state)

Arts (1 Carnegie unit)

  • Includes any one Carnegie unit (or two ½ units) of visual and performing arts course(s) meeting the requirements for high school graduation.

Advanced Electives (2 Carnegie units)

  • Option 1: Foreign Language I and Foreign Language II
  • Option 2: Foreign Language I and Advanced World Geography
  • Option 3: Any combination of English, Mathematics higher than Algebra I, Science higher than Biology I, Advanced Elective category, any AP course, any IB course

Technology (1/2 Carnegie unit)

  • A course that emphasizes the use of technology as a productivity tool. Instruction should include utilizing various forms of technology to create, collaborate, organize, and publish information. The application of technology as a productivity tool, rather than specific hardware and/or software packages should be the focus of the course.

Total Carnegie units: 19 1/2


Notes:

  • Pre-High School units: Courses taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided the course earns Carnegie credit and the content is the same as the high school course.
  • Substitutions: Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses can be substituted for each requirement in the College Preparatory Curriculum.
  • Course Acceptance: A course may not be used to satisfy more than one requirement.
  • The Required and Recommended College Preparatory Curricula (CPC) are approved by the IHL Board of Trustees, and the IHL Office of Academic and Student Affairs maintains a complete list of courses that can be used to satisfy the CPC requirements. See www.mississippi.edu/admissions/.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer Credit

When students transfer to an IHL institution from a Mississippi community/junior college, IHL institutions will use the Articulation Agreement between the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges to articulate the transfer of courses. Please note the number of hours that can be transferred into a degree program vary by major. Most degree programs are 124 hours, of which 62 hours must be completed at senior college and 31 of those must be completed at Delta State University.

Any student who was not eligible for regular admission and who has not successfully completed the Summer Developmental Program must attend an accredited institution of higher education other than those under the governance of the Board of Trustees, and must attain a “C” average (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the admitting institution) in the following 30 transferable semester credit hours to be eligible to transfer to an IHL institution:

3 semester hours | College Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning or higher level mathematics
6 semester hours | English Composition
6 semester hours | Natural Science
6 semester hours | Social or Behavioral Sciences
9 semester hours | Humanities and Fine Arts

*Any student who has earned an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution and a 2.00 GPA (as calculated by Delta State) is eligible for admission. If the above listed courses have not been completed, submit official high school transcript and ACT (school code 2190) or SAT (school code 1163) scores.

TRANSFER CREDIT

When students transfer to an IHL institution from a Mississippi community/junior college, IHL institutions will use the Articulation Agreement between the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges to articulate the transfer of courses. Please note the number of hours that can be transferred into a degree program vary by major. Most degree programs are 124 hours, of which 62 hours must be completed at senior college and 31 of those must be completed at Delta State University.

Transient Admission Requirements

A student currently enrolled and actively pursuing a degree at another institution will be permitted to take classes at Delta State University on transient status.

Transient student applications require a signed certification form which should be completed and mailed to:

The Office of Admissions
Delta State University
Kent Wyatt Hall 117
Cleveland, MS 38733

Following are the guidelines for enrolling as a transient student:

Students must submit an application for admission, $25 application fee, a letter of good standing with signed approval from the degree seeking institution, and an immunization record.
A student who has been admitted as a transient student is not fully admitted to the University.
Until earning full admission to the University by meeting the admission standards set forth by the Institutions of Higher Learning, all records, including transcripts, will designate “transient status.”
Transient students are subject to University regulations regarding attendance and academic standing.
It is the student’s responsibility to verify that coursework completed at Delta State University will transfer to their degree seeking institution.
Students will not be allowed to enroll in the following courses in an attempt to satisfy admission requirements: English Composition, College Algebra, and Laboratory based Science.
Transient status applies to on-campus, online or off-campus courses.

Other Admission Requirements

All applicants described in this section are subject to the Freshman Admission Requirements.

Applicants without a diploma from a regionally accredited high school; or home school students:

1. Applicants who have completed high school from a school that does not hold regional accreditation must submit the following:
a. Transcripts reflecting academic performance
b. ACT or SAT scores

2. Home-schooled applicants must submit the following:
a. Home-school transcripts or portfolio summarizing home school education
b. ACT or SAT scores

3. Applicants who have not completed high school must submit the following:
a. Passing scores on the General Education Development (GED) Test
b. ACT or SAT scores
c. Any transcripts reflecting academic performance in high school

Applicants may be required to appear for an on-campus interview.

Applicants twenty-one years of age or older:

An applicant who is at least twenty-one (21) years old and does not meet the regular freshman admission requirements may apply for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Non-degree seeking students may enroll in a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours during a regular term, six (6) semester hours during a five-week summer term, or equivalent hours for alternate terms as determined by the admitting institution.

To transition from non-degree-seeking to degree-seeking status, students must satisfactorily complete twelve (12) hours with a “C” or better average in the general education core.

Once admitted to a degree program, a maximum of eighteen (18) semester hours credit earned as a nondegree-seeking student may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree, if approved by the dean of the college or school from which the degree is sought.