Dillard University

Dillard University

Originally, the Straight University and the Union Normal School were established in 1869. They were later renamed the Straight College and the New Orleans University respectively. The merger of these two institutes in 1930 led to the formation of the Dillard University. The campus of the institute is located in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dillard University offers bachelor's degrees in arts, science and nursing. Students can choose from over 35 majors that are available in the following academic divisions:

  • Division of Business
  • Division of Educational & Psychological Studies
  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Natural Sciences and Public Health
  • Division of Nursing
  • Division of Social Sciences

Students of Dillard University participate in sports including basketball, cross country, track and field, and volleyball. The teams are nicknamed the Blue Devils. In addition, there are several honor societies in the university. These include the Alpha Chi, Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society, Alpha Kappa Mu, Beta Kappa Chi, Psi Chi, and The Omicron Delta Kappa Society.

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Contacting Dillard

Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans , LA 70122
General Phone: (504) 816-4640

Dillard Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Science35biology, chemistry, physics, physics courses
Liberal Arts31African-American studies, Japanese language, Spanish language, English composition, economics, political science, sociology, urban studies, history ...
Business and Management26business, business management, accounting, managerial economics, international business, marketing, business and related services
Media21mass communication
Therapy and Counseling17psychology, physical therapy
Education and Teaching15education, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, biology teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine12registered nursing
Medicine11pre-med, pharmaceutical chemistry, public health, public health courses
Art Studies2art studies, arts management
Computer Science and Engineering2systems analyst, computer science
Music1music, music performance, music theory and composition, music management
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy and religious studies
Drama and Performing Arts1stagecraft
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy0occupational therapy
Medical Administration0public health education
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and safety
Engineering0engineering physics
Family and Social Work0youth services

Number of programs and degrees for Dillard in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17655

Dillard Student Body

Dillard is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Dillard had a total enrollment of 956 students (934 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 28%
Women 72%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 29%
(Foreign Students) 71%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 35%
20-21 38%
22-24 19%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York1%
Washington, DC1%

Dillard Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %

Dillard Room and Board (2007)

Dillard offers campus housing for 803 of its 934 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of New Orleans, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Dillard Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal310560
SAT Math400560
ACT Verbal1520
ACT Math1518
ACT Composite1520

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT3%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT79%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Dillard Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 13,880
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,880
Room and board $ 8,285
Room charge $ 5,630
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,850
Books and supplies $ 1,386
Other expenses $ 3,540

Financial Aid:
Dillard participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 200400)

Dillard Faculty

Dillard has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$85,8075$91,973
Associate professoracademic year11$61,51912$63,475
Assistant professoracademic year20$51,63229$53,054
Instructoracademic year4$46,79112$46,964
Lectureracademic year3$46,2240*
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year45$58,57459$58,024

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Dillard Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports325

Dillard Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Youth Services/Administration

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Composition
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
Public Health, Other

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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