Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to over 4,000 students representing 34 states and 20 countries. Delta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor, master, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. It offers 12 baccalaureate degrees in 38 majors and seeks to meet the need for advanced training in certain fields by providing programs of study for nine master's degrees, the Educational Specialist degree and the Doctor of Education degree.
Acknowledging its beginnings as a teacher's college, the University sustains excellence in teacher education while continuing to expand offerings in traditional as well as unique programs of study. From the core disciplines such as arts, humanities, and sciences, to unique programs such as Commercial Aviation, the Delta Music Institute, and the nationally-recognized Geospatial Interdisciplinary Technology program, the University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the students it serves.
Delta State competes in 13 intercollegiate sports as a member of the Gulf South Conference and is the only university in the state with a swimming and diving program. The Statesmen and Lady Statesmen boast nine national championships, 56 regional crowns and 48 conference titles. Delta State athletes have collected 45 Academic All-American honors to rank tenth all time in NCAA Division II history. While the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen are the official mascot, the student-adopted Fighting Okra is a unique mascot that is also present at athletic and other university events.
Serving as the cultural and educational center of the region, Delta State University is located in Cleveland, MS, which was named to Norman Crampton's "100 Best Small Towns in America." The Mississippi Delta, a 20-county, northwestern region of the state, rich in various ethnic and cultural groups, provides almost 75 percent of the University's enrollme