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3050 Martin Luther King Dr
Shreveport, LA 71107
p. 318-670-6000
w. www.susla.edu

Southern University at Shreveport

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A member of the Southern University system, Southern University at Shreveport opened its doors in 1967. The campus at Shreveport has remained a two-year, primarily commuter campus. Other campuses in the Southern University system include New Orleans and the main campus in Baton Rouge.

Southern University at Shreveport only offers certificates and associate’s degrees. Students wishing to continue their studies may transfer to Southern’s main campus or to any other state-sponsored school in Louisiana. Career-minded students can also formulate a program that delivers them straight into the workforce.

Business management is one of the more popular programs for students at Shreveport. Both the associate’s degree and the certificate of technical studies are available to students wishing to gain a broader understanding of all business practices. The curriculum for the associate’s degree includes 68 credit hours, while the certificate program only requires 24. Certificate programs focus more strongly on one aspect of business management.

The Louisiana Transfer Associate Degree streamlines the process of completing the bachelor’s degree at another institution. Students enrolled under the program earn their first 60-plus hours at the Shreveport campus and then transfer all of them to a four-year institution. The curriculum includes 39 general education hours, meeting the basic requirements of every state university in Louisiana. Early in the program, students meet with an adviser to tailor their class schedule and select the best baccalaureate program for their chosen field of study.

Southern University at Shreveport includes academic outreach and service to the community as part of its overall mission. The Department of Continuing Education engages the community by offering occupational training alongside personal enrichment courses. An Incumbent Workers Program allows local businesses to enhance the skill set of their workforce. Courses open to the public include exam preparation, computer skills, Adobe Photoshop techniques and basic paralegal training.

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First-time college applicants must complete a Southern University at Shreveport application and submit official high school transcripts or GED score reports. Prospective students must show their full immunization record, including vaccinations against meningitis. Scores on the ACT or SAT test must be forwarded to the Admissions Office.

Transfer students have the additional requirement of submitting official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities. Prospective transfer students with very few credits may be considered first-time applicants and need to forward high-school transcripts as well.

Financial Aid

As early as possible, students admitted to Southern University at Shreveport should complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A link on the school website directs students to the application site. Information entered into the FAFSA will determine a student’s eligibility for certain state and federal aid programs.

Grants and Scholarships

The federal government oversees both the Pell Grant program and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. These programs are need-based gifts that never have to be repaid. Students can also combine employment with need-based aid via the Federal Work-Study Program. Participants receive a small income while part of their earnings are directed towards the cost of education.

The state of Louisiana offers grant programs of its own. These grants include the LEAP program, the TOPS program and the Louisiana GO Grant. Each state program has specific criteria which applicants must meet in order to be eligible. Typically, state grants are a combination of need-based and merit-based aid. Southern University at Shreveport advertises several scholarship programs and links on their financial aid website. As with grants, each of these opportunities comes with a different application process and minimum requirements.


Federal loans can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest as long as the borrower attends classes at least half-time. Unsubsidized loans, on the other hand, always accrue interest. Upon leaving school, students must select a repayment plan that works for their budget. Generally speaking, loans should be a last resort, only tapped when all other sources of funding have been explored.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5131st for the average student loan amount.
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Of the roughly 1,300 students attending classes at Southern University at Shreveport, more than 70 percent are women. Part of a historically black university system, 9 out of 10 students on the Shreveport campus identify as African-American. A student living complex called the Jaguar Courtyard features 2 and 4 bedroom apartments with all appliances.

Over 25 clubs and organizations add variety to the student experience at Shreveport. Student-led groups include a library club, biology club, engineering club and business club. The Student Government Association provides the opportunity to participate in community decision-making processes.

Meals on campus are provided by the Jaguar Market Place, generally open from early morning to late evening through the semester. Vegetarian options are available, as well as specially-prepared courses for students with food allergies. Any student can purchase a semester-based meal plan which includes a declining balance for use at the Jaguar Java shop or other small eateries.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

After New Orleans, Shreveport has the second highest concentration of historical landmarks in Louisiana. The community is large and ethnically diverse, with cultural events that reflect that diversity. Those who enjoy the outdoors can go boating on Caddo Lake or the Red River. The economy of Shreveport has gradually shifted away from Big Oil and towards the service industry. The opening of several riverboat casinos has bolstered tourism considerably. The southern climate means that tourist season runs pretty much all year.

With top-rated police and fire departments, and more than 20 accredited private schools, Shreveport also makes a good place to raise a family. Southern University at Shreveport is only one of several higher-learning institutions operating in the city.


Southern University at Shreveport employs about 100 faculty members. Half of these 100 teach only part-time. The overall student to faculty ratio is 16:1, an enviable number by almost any standard.


  • The College Board. Southern University at Shreveport. 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • Gale Group. The College Blue Book. 37th ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2010. Print.
  • Peterson’s. Southern University at Shreveport. 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 82nd in Louisiana and 3507th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.04
Robbery 1 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.25
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,051 0.52
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.06
Robbery 355 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,775 1.38
Larceny 6,371 3.17
Vehicle theft 438 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Shreveport, LA 71107
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population30,170 (21,943 urban / 8,227 rural)
Households10,598 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,723
Families7,927 (3.19 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 2-year colleges under 4-year universities
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2204

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2262nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,618 $2,618 $2,618
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $874 $874 $874
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $660 $660 $660
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,714 $17,714 $17,714
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,704 $13,704 $13,704
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,704 $8,704 $8,704

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,996 $3,304 $2,996 $3,304 $2,996 $3,304
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,650 $8,830
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,712(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,712(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,712(N/C)

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity240
Meals per Week10
Room Fee$7,920
Board Fee$2,668

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 313 3 4 1 54 375
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 15 2 17
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 5 1 1 5 12
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 5
Business Administration and Management, General 2 2
Business/Commerce, General 13 1 14
Chemistry, General 2 2
Child Development 14 1 15
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 7 1 2 10
Computer Science 3 3
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 29 1 30
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 4 1 4 9
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 4 2 6
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 14 1 15
Facilities Planning and Management 4 1 5
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician
General Studies 41 3 44
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 16 16
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 6 6
Information Science/Studies
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 5 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 5 5
Medical Reception/Receptionist
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 34 3 37
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 11 8 19
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 3 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 25 22 47
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 6 1 7
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 10 1 11
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 4 4
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 18 18
Surgical Technology/Technologist 5 5
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3831st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $46,428 ($45,493 male / $42,181 female)
Number of FT Faculty 79 (23 male / 56 female)
Number of PT Faculty 200
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $1,093,221

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