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Grambling State University

Grambling State University Rating: 3.6/5 (16 votes)

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2333rd for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 21st in Louisiana and 1135th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 499th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 29 0.56
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 19 0.36

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 15 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 4 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 93 1.86
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Grambling, LA 71245
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population2,610 (2,389 urban / 221 rural)
Households1,133 (2.30 people per house)
Median Household Income$20,261
Families629 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2205

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1185th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,450 $4,450 $4,450
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,500 $1,500 $10,668
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $185 $185 $185
FT Graduate Tuition $4,424 $4,424 $4,424
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,353 $1,353 $10,521
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $246 $246 $246
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,720 $22,720 $31,888
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $23,270 $23,270 $32,438
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,101 $14,101 $23,269

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,886 $5,273 $4,886 $5,273 $12,099 $13,643
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,600
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,498 $8,901
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,592 $5,793
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,642 $8,901
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,090 $6,316
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,090 $6,316

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,545 (1,776 male / 2,769 female)
Admitted 1,983 (756 male / 1,227 female)
Admission rate 44%
First-time Enrollment 714 (297 male / 417 female)
FT Enrollment 702 (290 male / 412 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (7 male / 5 female)
Total Enrollment5,071

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1291st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20

SAT Test Admission

1294th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 360 / 440
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 740 / 920

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,411
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,948
Board Fee$3,098

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 93 761 12 1 1 21 65 967
Accounting 16 26 1 43
Art/Art Studies, General 4 4
Biology Teacher Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 41 1 3 49
Business Administration and Management, General 10 47 1 1 59
Business/Managerial Economics 4 3 7
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 5 1 6
Child Development 14 1 15
Computer Science 5 1 6
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4 195 3 2 8 213
Curriculum and Instruction 2 1 1 4
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 5 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 4 4
Education, Other 4 2 5 11
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 3 3
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 4
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 1 4
Engineering Technology, General 7 11 1 19
English Language and Literature, General 9 9
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 1 1
French Language and Literature 1 1
History, General 10 10
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 5 5
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Information Science/Studies 2 20 23
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 4 1 5
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 17 1 23
Mass Communication/Media Studies 4 47 2 1 55
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 4 4
Mathematics, Other 1 1
Music Performance, General 6 7
Music Teacher Education 3 1 4
Music, General 1 1
Nursing Education
Organizational Leadership
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 21 22
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing 3 1 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 21 2 1 25
Physics, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 4
Pre-Law Studies 7 7
Psychology, General 2 31 34
Public Administration 3 4 3 11
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15 62 1 1 11 14 106
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education 18 7 25
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 4 52 2 3 8 69
Sociology 7 9
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 35 1 1 3 42
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2877th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,286 ($59,131 male / $51,777 female)
Number of FT Faculty 194 (100 male / 94 female)
Number of PT Faculty 218
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $6,347,324

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