Grambling State University (GSU) is situated on 375 acres in the heart of Grambling, Louisiana — a small community located in Lincoln Parish. The university offers nearly 70 degree programs and is known for its excellent academic programs in nursing, computer science, and teacher education.
GSU is a member of the University of Louisiana System (ULS) and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS).
Students can pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as certification programs in five colleges and schools: College of Business; College of Education; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Professional Studies; and, School of Graduate Studies & Research.
- The College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, offering programs in accounting, marketing, management, economics, and computer information systems.
- The College of Education is the oldest college at the school. The programs offered prepare students for employment in preschool through 12th grade, as well as higher education if desired. GSU is the only university in the nation which offers a doctorate in developmental education.
- The College of Arts & Sciences consists of 14 academic departments, offering both associate degree programs, as well as bachelor degree programs.
- The College of Professional Studies includes two academic departments—Mass Communication, and Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies, and two schools: the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Work.
- The School of Graduate Studies & Research offers several master’s and doctoral degree programs. Within this program, students may also apply for graduate assistantships.
GSU also offers distance learning, which is part of the Continuing Education and Special Programs division. Blackboard is used for its online learning system and provides web-based courses with supplemental materials. All interaction is via email and Blackboard. Students work at their own pace, however, they must follow the course syllabus and meet all deadlines by the end of the semester.
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GSU serves students seeking degrees as well as those interested in certifications. Prospective students, who must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, should complete the application for admission and submit the required non-refundable application fee. ACT and/orSAT test scores should be sent directly to the university along with official copies of all transcripts (both high school and any prior college). In addition, students should submit proof of immunizations and medical history, and attend student orientation.
International students should contact a representative from the Center for International Affairs & Programs for admission requirements, instructions, and additional forms.
The school offers several options for financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. A detailed website is available for students which provides a list of all aid available along with descriptions of each. In addition, the school website provides other tools and resources to help students complete the financial aid process. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for aid.
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Grambling serves a wide range of students including high school graduates, international students, transfers, and working professionals. The school provides students with a small town environment along with the appeal and rewards of a much larger educational institution.
Students have many opportunities to be involved in campus life. There are many student clubs and organizations, Greek life, club sports, intramural sports, student government, intercollegiate sports, and international programs. The many services provided to students include free transportation services sponsored by student government, a health center, library, several dining facilities, as well as a university police department.
GSU also has the #1 collegiate show band worldwide. The Tiger Marching Band, established in 1962, is the only marching band accepted into the NCAA Hall of Champions.
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The Tigers are members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The school’s athletics department supports 16 intercollegiate sports teams including men’s baseball, men’s football, women’s softball, women’s bowling, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
In addition, the school offers intramural sports, recreational sports, and club sports for students seeking competitive team sports on a recreational level. Intramural sports include flag football, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, softball, and racquetball. Recreational opportunities for students include jogging/walking, wallyball, swimming, stacking cups, table tennis, weightlifting, racquetball/handball, tennis, volleyball, and stickball. There are also several club sports for students to join, including karate, volleyball, soccer, swimming, bowling, tennis, racquetball, and powerlifting.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.