220px SouthernUniversityLogo 2Southern University and A&M College is a historically black college located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was established in April 1, 1880. It’s nickname is the Jaguars and the University is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Their colors are Columbia Blue and Gold and their motto is Serving the State, the Nation and the World.

Southern Branch Post Office, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70813
Phone: (225) 771-4500

Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship

Campus setting:
City: Midsize
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 6,866 (5,727 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1


su history

  • Southern University at Baton Rouge (SUBR) is a four-year, state-supported, coed, liberal arts institution founded in New Orleans in 1880.
  • The former Hebrew girls’ 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.
  • 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 bachelor’s degrees in 1912.


The Baton Rouge campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in the northern section of the City of Baton Rouge. The city parish has a population of more than 500,000 and serves as a cultural, political, educational, and industrial center for South Louisiana. The campus encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, located five miles north of the main campus.

The Smith-Brown Memorial Union, a 66,200-square feet multipurpose building which serves as a major center for extracurricular activities.

The F. G. Clark Activity Center has accommodations for theater, athletic events, conferences, convocations, and recreational activities. The building houses the Athletic Department.

The J. S. Clark Administration Building contains the offices of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, the Southern University System officers, the Chancellor of the Baton Rouge campus, and other campus administrative officers.

E. N. Mayberry Dining Hall contains the Magnolia Room, the Cypress Room, and the Oak Room, which is for student dining. Dunn Cafeteria is located in the Freshman Complex

Our Students

  • 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


  • Number of faculty members: 623
  • Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
  • Full-time faculty members: 525
  • Part-time faculty members: 98


Southern University main campus offers bachelors in 44 areas, 24 master's and 6 doctoral and one associate degree.


  • The vision for research at Southern University and A&M College is to build and sustain an infrastructure that encourages greater participation by faculty in sponsored and elective research and related activities.
  • Center for Social Research provides research opportunities for faculty and students in addressing social problems affecting communities.
  • Emergency Response Plan is a basic guide for providing a response system, by Southern University at Baton Rouge, to major crises or emergencies occurring on the University campus.
  • The Online RN-to-BSN program is designed especially for associate degree nurses (ADN) who want to further their education and advance their career by earning a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN). The program can be completed within 12 months.
  • The Online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) degree is housed within the Southern University Baton Rouge, Department of Public Administration which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Source: Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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