Louisiana has six four-year historically black universities – Grambling State University, Southern University and A&M College (SUBR), Southern University at Shreveport, Southern University at New Orleans, Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana. For more than a century, these institutions have provided access to an affordable postsecondary education to many students who otherwise may never have had the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of getting a college degree.

With nearly 32 percent of the state of Louisiana’s population being African American, it is imperative that HBCUs serve the educational and access needs of those citizens. According to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), 20 percent of all African American college graduates around the country received their degree from a historically black college or university, despite these schools only making up about three percent of the nation’s colleges. In addition, HBCUs produce 25 percent of all African American graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.


Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 12 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all program required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System.

For more information, visit www.gram.edu.


Southern University and A&M College, an Historically Black, 1890 land-grant institution, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is to provide a student-focused teaching and learning environment that creates global leadership opportunities for a diverse student population where teaching, research, service, scholarly and creative expectations for students and faculty are achieved through the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs offered at the institution via different instructional modalities and via public service.

For more information, visit www.subr.edu.

Southern University at Shreveport, a unit of the Southern University and A&M College System, a historically black comprehensive community college serving Northwest Louisiana and beyond, is committed to teaching and preparing traditional and non-traditional students for degree attainment, transfer, workforce, continuous learning and self-improvement. This preparation is available through multiple delivery methods and instructional sites for students seeking certificates, technical diplomas and associate degrees.

For more information, visit www.susla.edu.

 University at New Orleans, a public historically black university, empowers and promotes the upward mobility of diverse populations of traditional and nontraditional students through quality academic programs, teaching, research, and service to achieve excellence in higher education using various teaching and learning modalities.

For more information, visit www.suno.edu.


Dillard University produce graduates who excel, become world leaders, are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition. Through a highly personalized and learning-centered approach, Dillard’s students are able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global and technologically advanced society.

For more information, visit www.dillard.edu.


Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

For more information, visit www.xula.edu.