DU logo smallDillard University is a private, historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Founded in 1930 incorporating earlier institutions that went back to 1869, it is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

The campus is near Gentilly Boulevard and the London Avenue Canal, established in the 1930s. It’s nickname is the Bleu Devils and the University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Their colors are Royal Blue and White and their motto is Ex Fide, Fortis.

2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Phone: (504) 816-4640
Website: www.dillard.edu

Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered: Bachelor's degree
City: Large
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 1,187 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11 to 1


    Dillard history

  • 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.
  • In 1869, Union Normal School was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • By the end of the century, Union Normal School was renamed New Orleans University.
  • On June 6, 1930, Straight College and New Orleans University merged to form Dillard University.
  • In 1935, Dillard University moved to its present location.


Dillard University's campus is located on 55 acres (22.3 ha) in the suburban-like Gentilly neighborhood of the New Orleans 7th Ward district. The campus is anchored by Neoclassical architecture and live oak trees. The double tree-lined “Avenue of the Oaks” forms the focal point of the gated campus.

Our Students

  • Total enrollment: 1,953
  • In-state: 1,212
  • 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
  • Student Receiving Financial Aid: 94%

Our Faculty

  • Full Time Faculty: 82
  • Part Time Faculty: 45
  • Doctorate Degree: 68%
  • Endowed Professorships: 19
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1


Dillard University offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in over 35 majors. The diverse major, minor, and course offerings create an opportunities for a comprehensive, global education. These majors are organized within six academic schools, and further subdivided by departments:

  • School of Business
  • School of Educational & Psychological Studies
  • School of Humanities
  • Division of Natural Sciences and Public Health
  • School of Nursing
  • Division of Social Sciences


  • Dillard University hosts a wide variety of summer programs, including athletic camps, youth and adult residential programs, conferences and trade shows, workshops, seminars and many more.
  • Dillard students go on to some of the best graduate schools in the world.
  • Dillard currently has alumni studying at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and the London School of Economics, among others.
  • Dillard University is also the only university in the United States that is a partner in the Melton Foundation.
  • Dillard students who become Melton Fellows participate in intercultural training, leadership development, and global education through symposia, travel, online activities, project grants, and social service.


  • Ranked No. 9 among all HBCUs in 2012 U.S. News and World Report's Best College Rankings.
  • Ranked No. 25 among all liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly in 2011.
  • Religious affiliations: United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church

Our Costs

  • Tuition: $13,650/year
  • Campus Housing (Average): $8,868 average


Dillard University alumni are part of a network of international leaders. They represent hundreds of professions, including medicine, nursing, education, law, business, and the arts and entertainment, among many other fields and we are proud of their many accomplishments.

Sources: Dillard University

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