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Grambling State University

Grambling, Louisiana

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Grambling State University overview
Location Grambling, Louisiana
Online gram.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Grambling State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Grambling State University, located in the small town of Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. Approximately five miles west of Ruston and north of Interstate 20, the campus is situated in a rural setting amidst rolling hills in the northern part of the state. The university is distinguished by a commitment to arts and education, and is known specifically for its strong programs in nursing and computer science. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered across four colleges: the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Application to Grambling State University is considered moderately selective. The campus features a mixture of contemporary and historic architecture, and provides on-campus housing options for students. While Grambling State is recognized for its academics, it is also notable for its athletic teams, known as the Tigers, particularly in football, where it has a storied history within the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

In the most recent statistical year 10,732 prospective students applied, and 4,547 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 861 enrolled in the school.  3,895 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,163 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,140 plus fees of $2,543. GSU- Grambling is ranked 1020 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Grambling State University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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GSU- Grambling is rated within the lower 14% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 2 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Grambling State University overview
SAT 840/990
ACT 15/19
GPA 3.01

Applications Accepted

Grambling State University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $20

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Grambling State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$2,543
Room and Board $10,990
Budget for Other Expenses$5,190
Total One Year Cost$25,663

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$32,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

27% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Grambling State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 15%
Health Professions 10%
Computer and Information Sciences 8%
Biology 7%

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