GSU logoGrambling State University (GSU) is a historically black, public, coeducational university, located in Grambling, Louisiana, United States. The university is the home of late head football coach Eddie Robinson, and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It’s nickname is the Tigers or Lady Tigers and the University is member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Their colors are Black and Gold and their motto is Where Everybody is Somebody.

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403 Main Street, Grambling, Louisiana 71245

Phone: (318) 247-3811
Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship
[thirdlast]Campus setting:
Town: Distant
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 4,994 (4,405 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1


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  • Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School.
  • It was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers.
  • In 1905, the school moved to its present location and was renamed the North Louisiana Agricultural and Industrial School.
  • By 1928, after becoming a state junior college and being renamed the Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute.
  • In 1936, and the curriculum emphasis shifted to rural teacher education; students were able to receive professional teaching certificates after completing a third academic year.
  • The first baccalaureate degree was awarded in 1944, in elementary education.
  • In 1946, the school became Grambling College, named after P.G. Grambling, the white sawmill owner who had donated the parcel of land where the school was constructed.
  • In 1949, the college earned its first accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • In 1974, the addition of graduate programs in early childhood and elementary education gave the school a new status and a new name – Grambling State University.


Our 375-acre Grambling State University campus is in north central Louisiana, in the heart of the small town of Grambling: 1¼ miles south of Interstate 20 (Exit 81), and one mile north of State Highway 80. We are five miles west of Ruston, a city with a population of 25,000, 36 miles west of Monroe and 60 miles east of Shreveport.

Our Students

  • Total: 4,994
  • Percent Undergraduates: 88.2%
  • Percent Male: 38.9%
  • Percent Non-Black: 19.7%
  • Percent Non-Resident: 42.9%


  • Number of faculty members: 259
  • Student-teacher ratio: 19:1


  • Number of Degree Programs: 67
  • Degree Programs Eligible for Accreditation: 46
  • Total Eligible Programs Accredited: 44
  • Percent of Accredited Programs: 95.7%


  • The First Year Experience Program (FYEP) is designed to assist first year students with their transition to Grambling State University.
  • The Academic Skills Center (ASC) offers workshops and trainings, content tutoring, a video library, classroom space and computer laboratories for the use of all Grambling State University students.
  • The TRIO Programs at Grambling State University help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.
  • The Distance Learning Program (DLP) is a university-wide unit that utilizes various state-of-the art telecommunication technologies and instructional strategies to enhance and augment the curricular offerings at the university.
  • The Professional Development Program promotes and enhances teaching and research environment at Grambling State University by providing a coordinated array of services, resources, and programs for the faculty.

Sources: Grambling State University

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