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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Southern University and A&M College

Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College is a historically black university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The college “serves as a cultural, political, educational, and industrial center for South Louisiana”.  A Discussion between P. B. S. Pinchback, T. T. Allain, and Henry Demas at the 1879 Louisiana State Constitutional Convention about an institution to educate people of color led to the creation of Southern University. In April of the next year in New Orleans, the Louisiana general Assembly chartered Southern University.

On March 7, 1881 with twelve students, the doors of the university were opened. Upon becoming a land grant school in 1890, an Agricultural and Mechanical department was added. The school grew rapidly, but there was one problem. There was a lack of land for expansion so they relocated to; back then, what was Scotlandville in 1914. The destination is a part of the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Southern University’s expansion had a lot to do with the first president, Dr. Joseph Samuel Clark, due to his involvement in the Baton Rouge African community. Clark led Southern University through the 1921 expansion authorized at the Louisiana Constitutional Convention. What use to be forty-seven students, somehow progressed to five hundred under Clark’s leadership. The Clarks believed in keeping Southern University in their family because upon retirement the president position was handed to his son, Dr. Felton Grandison Clark, who went on to lead Southern University in yet another tremendous growth period. Also, under Dr. Felton Clark’s command, the university was one of the first historically black colleges to receive a visit from a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1943.

In 1947, four years and one law suit later, Southern University received a law program due to LSU lack of interest to gain African Americans in their law systems. Then, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) (1956) and Southern University at Shreveport/Bossier City (SUSLA) (1964) were founded.

In November of 1972, there was a bit of commotion going on around Southern University. Two students by the names of Denver Smith and Leonard Brown were shot and killed outside the Auditorium. They were involved in a protest group on campus known as “Students United”. The murders were never solved but the auditorium is now the Southern University Museum of Art. Later in 1974 “a special session in the Louisiana Legislature established the Southern University System”.  The above schools were added to this system along with Southern University Law Center; Southern University Agricultural Center; and Southern University, Shreveport (SUSLA is a two-year, commuter college). The Southern University Museum of Art at Shreveport is another destination of the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

Southern University and A&M College, as it is known now, encompasses 512 acres, with an agricultural experimental station on an additional 372-acre site, located five miles north of the main campus. It is also a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This a beautiful campus that over looks the Mississippi River in the northern section of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This University has a very strong alumni and an dedicated alumni. This is a must see university.

Written By: Jasmine Rucker: Philander Smith College

Academia:                                                                                                                        Athletics
College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences
                               Men's Sports                       Women's Sports
College of Arts & Humanities                                                                      Baseball                                Softball
College of Business                                                                                      Basketball                             Basketball
College of Education                                                                                   Cross Country                       Cross Country
College of Engineering                                                                                 Football                                Volleyball
College of Sciences                                                                                       Track and Field                    Track and Field

SU Home Page Link Below:
SU Home Page 

Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Leon G Netterville Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
(225) 771-5640

SU Admissions Link Below:

Southern University and A&M College
Office of Admissions
P O Box 9231
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Phone: (225) 771-7827


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