We introduce strategies to help you stay on the right track to achieve your academic goals. We are here to assist you in developing the skills and tools necessary for success in college course work at DSU.

FREE tutoring is available for DSU students. Study skills classes and workshops provide assistance and reinforcement of academic skills such as: time management, learning strategies, stress management, and general study skills.

Take advantage of these opportunities to find and stay on course to graduate!


Welcome! Being successful in a new learning environment requires careful planning, persistence, and time management. Determining a game plan for a successful semester can be overwhelming. Academic Support Services is here to assist! You have questions. We have answers. Click on the links below to learn more about our Tips for Success.

We’re adding more information to our site, so check back soon for additional information!

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Peer Tutoring 

  • Free help to students
  • Skill development
  • Higher success in college courses

Tutors are available to assist students with mathematics, sciences, computer classes, English, and writing courses. The Academic Support Lab is equipped with:

  • Hawkes College Algebra software programs
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Printer
  • Supplemental Instructors
  • Smartboards
  • 32 touchscreen computers

Academic Support Lab Tutor Schedule

Specific tutoring hours for individual subject areas are posted on the announcement board outside the Lab, Bailey Hall 2nd Floor, and in the PDF above for your convenience. For more information, contact our office.


What is the ACCUPLACER test?

The ACCUPLACER is a test to determine proficiency levels in Math, English, and Reading. Academic advisors and admissions’ counselors use the test results, along with transcripts, goals, and interests, to determine college course selection and placement. Student performance on the ACCUPLACER is evaluated in conjunction with the other assessments of the student’s academic readiness for university instruction.

Who takes the test?

Students may need to take the ACCUPLACER test if they:

  •   are a high school senior applying for fall term
  •   have a grade point average on the College Preparatory Curriculum that is below required level
  •   have a composite ACT score that does not reach the required level

In an effort to be proactive regarding the need to safeguard our university community, face-to-face ACCUPLACER testing will be suspended until further notice. Students who plan to attend DSU in the fall of 2021 may take the ACCUPLACER using Examity online proctoring service. The fee to test using Examity is $25.

To register for the ACCUPLACER, contact the Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
Kent Wyatt Hall 117
Cleveland, MS 38733
p: 662-846-4020
f: 662-846-4684

Developmental Studies

Entering freshman admitted to DSU with scores of 16 or below on the ACT in reading and/or English subtests are required to enroll in corequisite courses in their deficient subject areas during their first semester. English and Math courses are credit-bearing, gateway courses that satisfy general education requirements and may include an additional one-credit hour lab. The Reading course is a non credit-bearing course.

Any ACT subtest score which is 16 or below in English and/or Reading and 19 or below in Math is considered deficient. Students admitted to DSU with two or more deficient ACT subtest area scores must also enroll in the year-long Academic Support classes, CED 098 in the fall and CED 099 in the spring. The curriculum for these classes includes instruction in goal setting, time management, study skills, and reading comprehension. Additional time is spent on career coaching, and any personal issues college freshmen may encounter. The program assists students with the transition to college-level work and equip them with the skills and tools necessary for the achievement of their academic, career, and life goals.

Summer Developmental Program

What is the summer developmental program?
  • 8-week academic program
  • provides faculty-directed and computer-assisted instructions in math, reading, and writing
  • academic support for learning strategies and study skills
  • academic coaching
  • personal and career coaching
Who is eligible for the program?

Students who do not meet regular DSU undergraduate admissions criteria are eligible to enroll in the Summer Developmental Program as an alternate route to the admission process. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to continue their college education at any State of Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning university in the fall term.

When is the program?

June – July

How do I enroll in the program? When is the deadline?

Students interested in enrolling in the Summer Developmental Program should contact Jontil Coleman.

To hold the program at the DSU Campus, a minimum of 10 students must be registered by April 15, at 5pm.

Financial aid is limited for Mississippi high school graduates attending the Mississippi Summer Developmental Program. For more information on financial aid eligibility and the application process, click here.


What are study skills workshops?

Workshops provide the skills and tools necessary for achieving academic, career, and life goals. The workshops are conducted by DSU team members and provide motivation and aids for academic success.

Who and when?

Coming soon!

What will I learn?
  • stress management techniques
  • successful note-taking skills
  • time management strategies
  • study tips
  • learning strategies for better course work
If there are particular topics that you would like explored, please contact our office.


Pivot Program

The Pivot Program offers the opportunity for current undergraduate DSU students to qualify for funds to be deposited directly to the student’s DSU account by volunteering in the Student Success Center for 6 hours per week during the fall 2023 semester. Required weekly hours in the Student Success Center include:

  • 1 hour per week: Meet with Academic Counselor
  • 3 hours per week: Study in Academic Support Lab
  • 2 hours per week: Volunteer in Student Success Center
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Jontil Coleman
Bailey 216; DSU Box 3204
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4899

Academic Support Lab
Second floor, Bailey Hall
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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