Grambling State University (GSU)

Founded in 1901, Grambling State University offers its students the advantages of a small college with the academic power of a large university. GSU is one the top producers of African-American graduates in the United States. Through its five colleges, GSU offers more than 800 courses of study and 68 degree programs. Popular majors include Business, Communications, Criminal Justice and Nursing. For a more enriching college experience, Grambling has dozens of student groups and organizations to fit each student’s personal interest. Among the student groups is the infamous Grambling Tiger Marching Band. Formed in1926, the Tiger Marching Band is the number one collegiate show band in the world. They have performed on commercials and television shows, and were featured in the motion picture Drumline. Grambling State University continues its tradition of excellence. Every student is an important part of the university. At Grambling State University “Everybody is Somebody.”

Location: Grambling, LA

Type of Institution: Four-year, public research HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $5,623

     • Out-of-State: $9,808

Size: 5,200+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 83%

Percentage of Men: 42%

Percentage of Women: 58%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Degrees Offered: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Professional Studies, Graduate Studies, Army ROTC

Housing: On-campus housing provided. All freshmen are required to stay on campus.


     • Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: GSU Choir, GSU Tiger Marching Band, Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Grambling Association of Black Journalists, Grambling Council of Black Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, African Student Connection 

Famous Black Alumni: Erykah Badu, Doug Williams, Paul “Tank” Younger

City Life: Small city 60 miles outside of Shreveport, LA, Louisiana Boardwalk, Casinos, ethnic festivals, museums, art galleries, fishing, hunting, movie studios, movie shoots