Dillard University

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2601 Gentilly Boulevard

New Orleans, LA 70122

Phone: (504) 283-8822
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Dillard University is a private institution that was founded in 1869. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,307, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Dillard University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $16,191 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Straight College and New Orleans University, both founded in New Orleans in 1869 merged to form Dillard University. Dillard, therefore, is heir to their conjoined commitments to freedom and education, and proudly carries forth the struggle to overcome poverty and injustice that has historically marked the black experience in the South. We remain faithful to our heritage; African American history and culture are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Education at Dillard is grounded in the values of the liberal arts tradition and the requirements of three professions -- teacher education, nursing, and business -- to which the University has had an historic commitment. We celebrate the liberal arts as a prime means of developing the habits of mind and core beliefs that serve as guides for living rewarding, productive and constructive lives as individuals and citizens. Through the intense study of a range of academic disciplines, our students hone their capacities to think analytically, critically and creatively. They strengthen their writing and speaking abilities and increase their quantitative and technological competences. We challenge them to acquire the ability to recognize problems, to engage in independent and directed research and to create new knowledge. They explore ethical and spiritual dimensions of the human condition, and develop social skills. Because our graduates will be world citizens, we train them to speak a foreign language and encourage them to study abroad. Dillard University promotes rigor and excellence in its educational program; we foster deep respect for intellectual achievement that is tempered by an equally strong commitment to social responsibility. The end of education at Dillard is more than the simple discovery of balance between theory and practice. We train students to understand why being competitive in unpredictable environments requires mastery of academic disciplines, the effective articulation of ideas and the employment of fortitude in regard to moral and ethical questions. The University provides an educational program in which students and faculty members engage in creative, collaborative learning. The lived mission of Dillard University is to produce students who are secure in their historical being and dedicated to the conscientious use of their attainments.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1869
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $48,853,883


When applying to Dillard University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Dillard University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 33.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 33.4%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Dillard University is 14:1, and the school has 57.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Dillard University include: Public Health, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; and Mass Communication/Media Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Public Health, General 18%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15%
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 9%

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Student Life

Dillard University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,307, with a gender distribution of 28 percent male students and 72 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. Dillard University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,307
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Dillard University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Dillard University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Dillard University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Dillard University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Dillard University, 94 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,466.

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Tuition and fees $16,191 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,878 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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