Southern University at Baton Rouge Details
Southern University a Peopleís University: Serving the State, the
Nation and the World
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The Southern University campus is located in the metropolitan
capital city of Baton Rouge, with a population of approximately 500,000.
The University's location, just a 2-hour drive from New Orleans, offers
students access to the rich cultural experience of the Bayou area. Baton
Rouge is a major seaport populated with people from French, Spanish, and
English backgrounds. Opera, ballet, local theater, recreation centers, and
parks are readily accessible in the city.
Southern University at Baton Rouge (SUBR) is a four-year, state-supported,
coed, liberal arts institution founded in New Orleans in 1880. It was a
result of legislation introduced by Pinckney Pinchback, the nationís first
black governor, and other black politicians to provide an institution for
the education of persons of color. The former Hebrew girlsí school known
as the Israel Sinai Temple Synagogue was originally purchased as the site
for Southern University.
When the school opened in 1881, 12 students were in attendance; presently
more than 8,000 students attend. By 1886 the University had outgrown its
facilities, and the state appropriated $14,000 to purchase the square at
Magazine and Soniat Streets. When an Agricultural and Mechanical
Department was added in 1890, the school adopted its present name, and
within a year the institution became a land-grant college under the Second
Morrill Act. The school awarded its first bachelorís degrees in 1912.
The New Orleans site was closed in 1914, and later that year the Baton
Rouge campus opened at Scotlandville. The New Orleans branch reopened in
1959, and the Shreveport branch opened in 1964. The three campuses make up
the Southern University system, the only black public university system in
the nation. Baton Rouge serves as the main campus. SUBR is part of the
Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program,
designed to enhance the physical plants, academic resources, and student
services of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
As a land-grant institution, Southern University is committed to providing
education to students with heterogeneous abilities and varying academic
backgrounds. Its purpose is to prepare students to compete in their
respective professions and to pursue advanced study in graduate and
SUBR consists of 156 buildings and occupies nearly 512 acres in addition
to a 372-acre farm. The facilities are an architectural blend of old and
modern buildings. Many recently constructed buildings have more than 2
million square feet of floor area. Among the more recently constructed
buildings are the Clark Activity Center, J. S. Clark Administration
Building, the Music Recital Center, the Cade Library, the School of
Nursing, and the New Health Research Wing of Lee Hall.
Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools (SACS) to award the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science,
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, masterís, and doctoral degrees.
|Costs per Year
2002Ė03 tuition: $2682 (in-state); $5792 (out-of-state)
Room and board: $3140
Special fees: $200
Estimated total cost: $6722 (in-state); $9832 (out-of-state)
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Percentage of the student body receiving financial aid: 90
Financial Aid Specific to the School
Air Force and Naval ROTC offer two-, three-, and four-year scholarships
that pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses and provide a monthly stipend.
March 15 (priority); continuous notification.
July 1 (fall); December 1 (spring); April
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent) and completion of the following units: 4 English, 3
mathematics, 3 science, and 3 social science; highly recommended electives
in foreign language, computer science, and visual and performing arts;
official high school transcript with at least a 2.2 GPA. A $5
nonrefundable application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: July 1 (fall); December 1 (spring); April
Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, J. H. Harris Hall, PO Box 9901,
Southern University, Harding Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813;
Telephone: 225-771-2430; 225-771-2500 (fax).
A minimum of 124 semester hours and completion of
core requirements, including the following hours: 6 English (composition),
6 mathematics, 6 social science, and 9 science; pass a 3-hour
African-American experience course; complete at least 30 hours, one
semester, and one summer in residence at SUBR; pass comprehensives in
major and various core courses; pass writing proficiency test; and take
general section of GRE or professional school entry test (LSAT, MSAT,
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 9,904
Full-time undergraduates (men/women): 3,760/4,240
Part-time undergraduates (men/women): 291/329
Graduate students (men/women): 603/681
Campus Regulations: Freshmen under 21 must live on campus.
Campus Services: Health center, personal counseling, career counseling and
placement, student employment, legal counseling, remediation, tutoring,
and child care.
Campus Activities: Campus activities include theater, concerts, jazz band,
marching band, chorale, and dance. Students may get involved in the
Southern University Digest (student-run newspaper) or the Jaguar
(yearbook). Communication majors may work at the student-run radio or
television station. Leadership opportunities are found in the Student
Government Association or various other departmental clubs, such as the
Aquatic Club, the Art Club, National Black Engineers, Jazz Club, and
Lacumba Players. General clubs include NAACP, East Coast Connection,
Muslim Association, Active Islamic Association, Malaysian Student
Organization, Windy City Organization, and the Renaissance Organization,
to name a few. Religious groups include the Newman Club and clubs
representing Baptist, Interdenominational, United Methodist, and Church of
God in Christ students. 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; .
Honors groups are represented on campus. The Association of Women Students
and the Menís Federation are resident hall support groups. These groups
promote community living and provide Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to
city residents yearly.
Housing Availability: 3,008 housing spaces; 1,000 freshman-only housing
spaces; 2,008 upperclassman spaces; and 34 apartments for families.
Number of faculty members: 623
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
Full-time faculty members: 525
Part-time faculty members: 98
Southern University at Baton Rouge is a member of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I; football Division I-AA.
Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, cross-country,
football, golf, tennis, and track and field; womenís basketball, track and
field, and volleyball.
Intramural Sports: badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country,
softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, weight lifting, and wrestling.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Southern University at Baton
Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813; Telephone: 225-771-3212 or
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Associate Degrees: Electronic Engineering Technology, Jazz, Law
Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education, English, Fine Arts, French,
History, Mass Communications, Music, Music Education, Psychology, Spanish,
Special Education, Sociology, Speech Communications, Theater Arts,
Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Studies
Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Agricultural Science, Agricultural
Economics, Biological Sciences, Chemical/Chemical Engineering Technology,
Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Economics, Computer Science, Electrical
Engineering, Electronic Engineering Technology, Family and Consumer
Sciences, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering,
Physics, Secondary Education, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Audiology,
Masterís Degree: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice,
English, Environmental Sciences, Generalist, Health-Care Administration,
History, Mass Communications (cooperative), Mathematics,
Operation/Information Systems, Physics, Professional Accountancy, Public
Policy, Mid-Career, Nursing, Public Policy/Analysis, Rehabilitation
Counseling, Sociology, Special Education, Therapeutic Counseling,
Therapeutic Education, Urban Forestry
Doctorate: Environmental Molecular Toxicology, Material Science, Nursing,
Special Education, Urban Forestry.