Dillard University Details
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
Ex Fide Fortis (From Confidence, to Courage)
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Dillard is located in the metropolitan city of New Orleans, with
a population of approximately 1.3 million. Situated on the Mississippi
River 50 miles above the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is known for its fine
foods, entertainment, parks, museums, art galleries, and other
attractions. Its famous Vieux Carre or French Quarter is a living museum.
The annual Mardi Gras brings thousands of visitors to the city each year.
New Orleans offers opera, a nationally known symphony orchestra, and the
Louisiana Superdome, which hosts sports events and attracts famous
artists. The campus provides a serious place for study, while the city
provides a place for an array of social, cultural, and recreational
Dillard University is a four-year, private, liberal arts, coeducational
school created in 1930 by the merging of its two parent institutions,
Straight University and Union Normal School.
In 1869, Straight University, later renamed Straight College, was
established by the Congregational Church. Between 1874 and 1886 Straight
operated a law department.
In 1869, Union Normal School was founded by the Methodist Episcopal
Church. By the end of the century, Union was renamed New Orleans
University. The University opened a medical department, including a school
of pharmacy and a school of nursing, in 1889. The medical college was
discontinued in 1911, but the hospital and nursing school continued under
the name of Flint-Goodridge Hospital.
On June 6, 1930, Straight College and New Orleans University merged to
form Dillard University, which continued to operate the Flint-Goodridge
Hospital until 1983.
In 1935, Dillard University moved to its present location and began
instruction. Dillard had the first speech department in a black university
and the first nationally accredited nursing program in Louisiana.
The campus is situated on approximately 48 acres in a lovely residential
section of New Orleans. The nineteen-building campus consists of stately,
white, turn-of-the-century architecture and has been cited as one of the
nation’s most beautiful campuses. This historically black college is a
member school of the United Negro College Fund.
Dillard is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $9810
Room and board: $3750 (room); $2086 (board)
Special fees: $300
Estimated total cost: $16,946
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 90
Number of scholarships and grants: 1,223
Total amount of scholarships and grants: $5,020,000
Range of scholarships and grants: $500–$15,250
Continuous notification; March 31 (fall priority);
July 15 (spring priority).
Rolling admissions; July 1 (fall);
December 1 (priority).
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent) with 20 units, including 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science
(laboratory), 3 social sciences, and 7 electives (foreign language
recommended); must be recommended by a high school principal or counselor
and a teacher. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: Rolling admissions; July 1 (fall);
December 1 (priority).
Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, Dillard University, 2601
Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122; Telephone: 504-286-4670;
800-216-6637 (toll-free); 504-816-4895 (fax); E-mail:
127 credit hours and completion of the core
requirements, including 6 to 9 in English, 6 to 9 in mathematics, 8 in the
natural sciences, 6 in social sciences, 2 in physical education, and one
computer course. The last 30 hours must be in residence.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 1,953
Other regions: 34 states and 7 international
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 397/1,350
Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 39/67
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American: 1,932; Asian, 2; Caucasian, 4;
Hispanic, 5; Other/Unclassified, 10
Campus Regulations: Freshmen must attend a weekly assembly; class
attendance required; cars must be registered to be parked on campus;
curfews and quiet hours enforced; college orientation required.
Campus Services: Health center, personal and social counseling, career
planning and placement, student employment, chapel and religious services,
and religious counseling.
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater,
concerts, chorale, and dances. Students can get involved in the
student-run newspaper or yearbook. Communication majors or volunteers may
work in the student-run radio or television station. Each year students
look forward to participating in the art competition or browsing the art
Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association
(SGA), class organizations, the debating club, or special interest groups.
Greek sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma
Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta; fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha
Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Six national honor societies are
present on campus.
Housing Availability: 600 spaces available within four resident halls.
Freshman-only housing available.
Handicapped Services: Special parking is available for students with
Number of faculty members: 120
Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
Full-time faculty members: 101
Part-time faculty members: 19
Dillard is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate
Intercollegiate sports: men’s basketball, cross-country, and tennis;
women’s basketball, cross-country, and tennis.
Intramural sports: basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming, tennis,
track and field, volleyball, and weight lifting.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Dillard University, 2601 Gentilly
Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122; Telephone: 504-816-4004;
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Bachelor of Arts: Accounting, Art, Business Management, Criminal Justice,
Economics, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English,
Foreign Language, History, Japanese Studies, Mass Communication, Music,
Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education and Health, Political Science,
Psychology, Secondary Education, Special Education, Social Welfare,
Sociology, Speech and Drama, Urban Studies
Bachelor of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health
Education, Mathematics, Nursing, Physics, Pre-Engineering, Premedicine