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Delta State University
Delta State University logo

Established: 1924
Type: Public, Co-ed
President: John Hilpert
Students: 4,392 [1]
Location: Cleveland, Mississippi

(33.4431° N -90.4336° WCoordinates: 33.4431° N -90.4336° W)
Campus: Rural 332 acres (1.34 km²)
Sports teams: football, basketball, baseball, swimming, diving, tennis, soccer, golf, fast-pitch softball and cross-country
Colors: Forest Green and White           
Mascot: Official: Statesmen/Lady Statesmen
Unofficial: Fighting Okra (Mr. Okra)
Website: www.deltastate.edu

Delta State University is a regional public university located in Cleveland, Mississippi, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta; one of eight publicly funded universities in the state. Delta State is commonly referred to as "DSU". The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Cleveland is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are settled places outside towns and cities. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... Forest Green Rovers F.C. are an English football team based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, currently playing in the Nationwide Conference. ... This article is about the color. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Cleveland is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. ... The shared flood plain of the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers The Mississippi Delta is the distinct northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. ...



Established in 1924 by an act of the Mississippi Legislature, Delta State Teachers College first opened its doors to students in 1925. The name was later changed to Delta State College (1955) and then Delta State University (1974).

In 1947, Under-Secretary of State in Truman's administration, Dean Acheson, delivered a speech on campus that unveiled the Marshall Plan, detailing postwar relief for Europe.[1]


DSU is located on 332 acres (1.34 km²) at 1003 W Sunflower Rd (Highway 8 West), Cleveland, MS, 38733.[2]

Approximately 3,200 students enroll annually in Delta State's undergraduate degree programs, with an additional 600 enrolled in post-graduate or professional level courses. Almost 40% of students reside in on-campus housing. Delta State provides both men's dormitories and women's dormitories, as well as apartments for married students.

The official colors are green and white. Since 1975, Delta State's mascot has been officially known as the "Statesman", however in recent years the unofficial mascot has become the "Fighting Okra". The "Fighting Okra" was featured in the "Okraphobia" episode of the Food Network show Good Eats. Binomial name (L.) Moench Okra (American English: , British English ), also known as ladys finger[1], bhindi and gumbo, is a flowering plant valued for its edible green fruits. ... Good Eats is a television cooking show created and hosted by Alton Brown that airs in North America on Food Network. ...


Delta State provides a strict, rigorous undergraduate curriculum, offering 12 baccalaureate degrees in 42 majors. The university also advances student training through certain fields by providing graduate programs of study for eight master's degrees, the Education Specialist degree and the Doctor of Education degree. Delta State is also the only university in the state to offer a degree in Commercial Aviation. The Education Specialist, also referred to as Educational Specialist, Specialist in Education, or , is a terminal academic degree in the U.S. that is designed for individuals who wish to develop additional skills or increase their knowledge beyond the masters degree level, but do not wish to pursue a... The Doctor of Education degree (Ed. ...

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • School of Nursing


The Delta State University Department of Athletics sponsors thirteen intercollegiate sports, competing at the NCAA Division II level. DSU is affiliated with the Gulf South Conference and New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference. The institution competes intercollegiately in men’s football, basketball, baseball, swimming, diving, tennis, soccer, and golf. The women’s intercollegiate program consists of basketball, tennis, fast-pitch softball, cross-country, swimming, soccer, and diving.[3] NCAA redirects here. ... Division II (or DII) is an intermediate-level division of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... The Gulf South Conference (GSC) is a College Athletic Conference which operates in the southeastern United States. ...

One of Delta State's most notable sports coaches was (Lily) Margaret Wade (1912-1995)[2]. She coached the women's basketball team to three AIWA national championships and a 93-4 record, including a 51 game winning streak[4]. Wade was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985. Today, the Division I women's basketball player of the year receives the Margaret Wade Trophy.

Another very important figure was former Boston Red Sox pitcher Dave "Boo" Ferriss who coached the baseball program for nearly thirty years and led them to three appearances in the NCAA Division II College World Series before retiring in 1988. Boo was born in Shaw, Mississippi. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Dave Meadows (Boo) Ferriss (born December 5, 1921) is a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. ... Shaw is a city in Bolivar County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region. ...

Baltimore Orioles catcher Eli Whiteside played baseball for the University. Matt Miller of the Cleveland Indians also played for the Statesmen. This article is about the contemporary American major league baseball team. ... Eli Whiteside (born October 22, 1979 in New Albany, Mississippi is an American baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, playing the position of catcher Categories: | | | | ... Matthew Jacob Miller (b. ... For other uses, see Cleveland Indians (disambiguation). ...

One notable would-be baseball player and student who was cut during tryouts was writer John Grisham.[5]

Delta State won the 2004 NCAA Division II national baseball championship.

Delta State won the 2000 NCAA Division II national football championship. Delta State's football team won the Gulf South Conference Championship in 2007. Logo for the 2005 Division II National Championship game The NCAA Division II National Football Championship began in 1973. ...

List of Presidents of Delta State

  • James Wesley Broom - 1925-1926
  • Dr. William Marion Kethley - 1926-1956
  • Dr. James Milton Ewing - 1956-1971
  • Dr. Aubrey Lucas - 1971-1975
  • Dr. Kent Wyatt - 1975-1999
  • Dr. David Potter - 1999-2002
  • Dr. John Thornell - 2002 - 2003 (interim)
  • Dr. John Hilpert - 2003-present


  1. ^ DSU Fan Guide
  2. ^ See location on Google Maps
  3. ^ Athletics on DSU website
  4. ^ Official Website of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Hall of Famers
  5. ^ Delte State University

External links

  • Delta State University – Official site
  • DSU Department of Athletics
  • DSU Department of Music
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