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IPEDS ID: 160621
OPE ID: 00202500
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Southern University and A & M College
3rd Floor, J.S. Clark Adm. Building, P.O. Box 9374, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 70813
General information:  (225) 771-4500
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,330 (5,214 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Net Price
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  The mission of Southern University and A&M College, an Historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, is to provide opportunities for a diverse student population to achieve a high-quality, global educational experience, to engage in scholarly, research, and creative activities, and to give meaningful public service to the community, the state, the nation, and the world so that Southern University graduates are competent, informed, and productive citizens.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Other Characteristics
Historically Black College or University
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty422134
Research and public service10223
Total graduate assistants-114
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,718$7,846$8,003$8,0030.0%
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$16,880$17,928$18,882$19,5133.3%
On Campus$16,880$17,928$20,526$21,1573.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$7,338
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$7,474
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition planX
  • A deferred payment plan is available for Southern University students that qualify. The plan allows up to 50% of the student's current charges to be deferred.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,08899%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,00991%$7,439,223$7,373
Federal grants85678%$4,735,412$5,532
Pell grants85678%$4,361,463$5,095
Other federal grants19117%$373,949$1,958
State/local government grant or scholarships50946%$1,268,948$2,493
Institutional grants or scholarships33931%$1,434,863$4,233
Student loan aid92384%$6,389,573$6,923
Federal student loans92284%$6,299,054$6,832
Other student loans101%$90,519$9,052
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,31674%$27,140,868$6,288
Pell grants3,67363%$17,277,406$4,704
Federal student loans4,38575%$34,856,124$7,949
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,981$10,699$11,495
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$12,517$14,078$10,849
$30,001 – $48,000$7,829$15,733$12,738
$48,001 – $75,000$11,492$15,602$14,993
$75,001 – $110,000$12,163$15,524$16,155
$110,001 and more$13,095$16,428$14,990
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment6,330
Undergraduate enrollment5,214
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment352
Graduate enrollment1,116
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 85%
Part-time: 15%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 93%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 3%
Two or more races: 1%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 80%
25 and over: 20%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 85%
Out-of-state: 15%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 48%
Part-time: 52%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 2%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $20
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants3,0031,1231,880
Percent admitted54%58%51%
Percent admitted who enrolled59%61%58%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Math420520
ACT Composite1721
ACT English1721
ACT Math1721
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 70%
Part-time students: 36%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 69 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 32%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 12%
6-year: 28%
8-year: 63%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 6%
6-year: 32%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 27%
Female: 35%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 32%
Hispanic/Latino: 25%
White: 40%
Non-resident alien: 10%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Economics1---
Agriculture, General14---
Category total15---
Architecture and Related Services
Category total9---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General367--
Environmental Toxicology--0-
Category total3670-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General4728d--
Business/Managerial Economics3---
Finance, General0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General15---
Category total10328d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies353--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric0---
Category total353--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science19d11--
Category total19d11--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-6--
Curriculum and Instruction-0--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching1--0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-17--
Elementary Education and Teaching130-0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching0--0
Mathematics Teacher Education0---
Music Teacher Education3---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching0---
Physics Teacher Education0---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0---
Secondary Education and Teaching00-1
Social Studies Teacher Education0---
Special Education and Teaching, General-60-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other--2-
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels---1
Category total172922
Civil Engineering, General7---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering17---
Engineering, General-12--
Mechanical Engineering21---
Category total4512--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician10---
Category total10---
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General11---
Category total11---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General44---
Category total44---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature1---
Category total1---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist1816--
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-55-0
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing---0
Nursing Practice--0-
Nursing Science--5-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician-31--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse111---
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy121--
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor1812d--
Category total159115d50
History, General161--
Category total161--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies60d14d--
Category total60d14d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General30--
Mathematics, Other13--
Category total43--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other46d---
Category total46d---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Urban Forestry280-
Category total280-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General40--
Physics, General00--
Category total40--
Psychology, General49d---
Category total49d---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-30d--
Public Policy Analysis, General--6-
Social Work16---
Category total1630d6-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General12---
Social Sciences, General-11--
Category total4011--
Visual and Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General11---
Music Performance, General5---
Category total16---
Grand total757272132
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 43
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 1
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,335
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
Track and Field, Indoor2935
Track and Field, Outdoor2935
Track and Field, X-Country95
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1938 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics11/1/1979 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship7/1/1993 -  Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)10/1/1991 - 12/31/2010Resigned
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program(!)10/1/1996 - 12/31/2008Resigned
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs4/1/1994 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)4/1/2005 - 6/25/2014Resigned
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1955 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/18/1967 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations81224
Liquor law violations101
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations496
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible243
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault453
Motor vehicle theft020
  • The number of Sex Offenses for 2012 was changed from 3 to 4 as the additional incident took place in 2012 but was not reported until 2013..
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible043
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault132
Motor vehicle theft000
  • The number of Sex Offenses for 2012 was changed from 3 to 4 as the additional incident took place in 2012 but was not reported until 2013.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.5%9.9%11.0%
Number in default275237255
Number in repayment2,3852,3822,302
  • These default rates apply to all locations of this institution.
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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