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Southern University and A & M College

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The charter for Southern University was ratified by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1880. Originally, the campus was located in central New Orleans. The university received land grant status in 1890, entitling it to federal support. At the same time, an agricultural and mechanical department was founded. Steady growth into the twentieth century compelled the university to relocate to its present main campus location in 1914. Later, campuses of Southern University and A&M would be founded in New Orleans and Shreveport. The Southern University system also incorporates the Southern University Law Center and the Southern University Agricultural Center.

Southern University and A&M College awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The curriculum is divided into 7 colleges and 4 schools, with several additional supporting units like ROTC and the eLearning Unit. The Division of Continuing Education performs outreach both within the student body and the local community. Non-credit professional and personal development programs allow working adults to add skills, learn new hobbies and meet people with similar interests.

The College of Education confers more degrees than any other at Southern. The college is subdivided into three departments: Behavioral Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Leadership. Students hoping to enter the teaching profession can select from elementary, middle school and secondary education programs. The secondary education programs prepare students to teach within a specialty area. Every prospective teacher is expected to build a strong foundation in language arts and mathematics. Above the baccalaureate level, educators can earn both the master’s degree and the Ph.D. in Education.

The School of Nursing at Southern University and A&M has produced more African-American bachelor’s level health care professionals than any other school. Admission to the school is not guaranteed and is contingent on grade point average and the student’s qualifications relative to other candidates. Limited space necessitates a pool of applicants waiting for admission, as nursing and the health professions continue to be high-demand careers.

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The admissions policy at Southern University and A&M College is competitive, with less than half of applicants being admitted. Prospective students must graduate high school with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and pass the ACT test with a score of at least 20. Some leeway exists with both of those numbers. For example, a student who graduates in the top half of his or her class may be eligible for remedial coursework to bring up a low score on the ACT test.

Freshman applicants can complete their application online or on paper, both of which include a small fee. New students must also submit a current immunization record.

Students with at least 12 hours of college credit earned at another institution will be considered transfer applicants. In addition to all freshman admission requirements, transfer students must submit transcripts of previous course work. A transfer reference sheet must be completed by the dean at the last institution attended.

International applicants must hold the appropriate residency documents, such as an F1 visa. Official transcripts of all prior education and a letter of good conduct are both required as part of the admissions process. International students should arrange to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Southern requires a minimum score on the TOEFL of 500 for the paper-based test and 173 for the computer-based test.


A historically black college for over 100 years, over 90% of Southern’s enrollment identifies as African-American.

Southern provides students with a variety of housing options. Most freshmen reside in campus dorms. Overall, about a third of the undergraduate student body avail themselves of campus housing. Special housing is available for students with physical disabilities. Wellness housing options feature strict prohibitions on smoking and drinking. National and local Greek organizations hold membership drives at the start of each academic year.

A radio station, television station and student newspaper all give voice to the student body. Those with a creative turn can seek publication in the university’s literary magazine. With over 80 unique student-led organizations, every student at Southern has an opportunity to network with classmates.

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Southern University and A&M College participates on the NCAA Division I level in most of its athletic programs. The football team competes in the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly NCAA Division I-AA. The mascot for all Southern teams is the Jaguar, and the team colors are Columbia Blue and gold. Unless otherwise noted, the following sports at Southern feature both men’s and women’s teams:

  • Baseball (men’s)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling (women’s)
  • Cross-country
  • Football (men’s)
  • Golf (men’s)
  • Soccer (women’s)
  • Softball (women’s)
  • Tennis (women’s)
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (women’s)

Southern University football matches up with Grambling State University each year on the day after Thanksgiving. Known as the Bayou Classic, the game is carried live on national television.


  • Willie Davenport, Olympic track star
  • Avery Johnson, NBA Coach of the Year (2006)
  • Randy Jackson, music producer and judge on American Idol
  • Branford Marsalis, jazz saxophonist
  • Russel HonorĂ©, Lieutenant General during Hurricane Katrina recovery


Women and men populate the ranks of Southern’s faculty in equal numbers, however full professors are far more likely to be men than women. Most women on the faculty are either instructors or assistant professors. Like the student body, an overwhelming majority of faculty members are African American.


  • The College Board. Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. 2011. Web. 24 July 2011.
  • Gale Group. The College Blue Book. 37th ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2010. Print.
  • Southern University and A&M College. Southern University and A&M College. 2006. Web. 24 July 2011.

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Ranks 23rd in Louisiana and 1252nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 541st overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.03
Robbery 9 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 35 0.51
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,460 0.63
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 64 0.03
Forcible Rape 51 0.02
Robbery 893 0.39
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,220 1.82
Larceny 7,946 3.43
Vehicle theft 500 0.22

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6305th for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh 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 District2202

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1849th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,630 $6,630 $8,274
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $934 $934 $934
FT Graduate Tuition $7,338 $7,338 $7,474
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $605 $605 $605
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,882 $18,882 $20,526
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $7,830 $7,830 $9,474
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,830 $7,830 $9,474

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,074 $5,810 $5,074 $5,810 $5,074 $5,810
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,718 $7,846
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,888 $3,072
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,721 (1,450 male / 2,271 female)
Admitted 1,336 (520 male / 816 female)
Admission rate 36%
First-time Enrollment 781 (315 male / 466 female)
FT Enrollment 743 (292 male / 451 female)
PT Enrollment 38 (23 male / 15 female)
Total Enrollment6,777

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

1305th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 21
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 20

SAT Test Admission

1344th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 7%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 520

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 Capacity2,100
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 1,085 10 28 1 37 4 1,168
Accounting 35 1 36
Agricultural Economics 1 1
Agriculture, General 14 14
Architecture 3 1 4
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 26 5 31
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 31 1 32
Business Administration and Management, General 94 2 3 1 1 101
Business/Managerial Economics 5 5
Chemistry, General 5 5
Civil Engineering, General 17 17
Computer Science 33 12 46
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 12 1 13
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 90 1 1 1 1 95
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 13 3 16
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 20 2 1 23
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 7 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 11 11
Engineering, General 6 1 2 1 10
English Language and Literature, General 8 8
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 49 1 4 54
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 52 2 54
Finance, General 5 1 6
Fine/Studio Arts, General 3 3
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing
History, General 14 14
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 17 1 18
Mass Communication/Media Studies 46 1 47
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Mathematics, Other
Mechanical Engineering 25 1 26
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 19 1 20
Music Performance, General 4 4
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 3
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 5 1 6
Political Science and Government, General 31 1 32
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician 19 1 1 21
Psychology, General 61 2 63
Public Administration 32 32
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 104 1 3 9 117
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Social Sciences, General 26 1 27
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work 24 24
Sociology 24 24
Spanish Language and Literature 3 1 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 33 33
Urban Forestry 8 1 1 10
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 31 3 34

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2730th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,415 ($61,297 male / $55,448 female)
Number of FT Faculty 279 (146 male / 133 female)
Number of PT Faculty 446
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $9,410,846

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