#4 Best Private Colleges in Louisiana

Dillard University

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Dillard University overview
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Online dillard.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Dillard University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Dillard University is a private historically black university nestled in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1930 through the merger of Straight College and New Orleans University, Dillard carries a legacy of liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on research and public service. The campus is noted for its oak-lined avenues and a mix of modern and historic architecture, including the historic Rosenwald Hall. Academically, Dillard is known for its programs in nursing, business, and the humanities. The University maintains a holistic approach to admissions, evaluating students for their potential beyond test scores and grades, which results in a moderately selective admission process. Most students live on campus in one of the University's residence halls, fostering close-knit educational and living environments. Dillard's athletics, known as the Bleu Devils and Lady Bleu Devils, participates in NAIA Division I, although it is not primarily noted for athletic prowess.

In the most recent statistical year 5,052 prospective students applied, and 4,036 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 334 enrolled in the school.  1,162 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 62 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $18,280 plus fees of $1,944. Dillard University is ranked 959 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Dillard University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Dillard University is rated within the lower 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 988/1176
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.31

Applications Accepted

Dillard University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Dillard University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$1,944
Room and Board $10,730
Budget for Other Expenses$5,470
Total One Year Cost$37,724

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$35,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

24% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Dillard University students
Subject Percent of Class
Ethnic Studies 50%
Business 11%
Social Sciences 8%
Biology 6%
Health Professions 6%

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