Tougaloo College

Overview of Tougaloo College

Tougaloo College is located in a medium-sized city, in Tougaloo, MS. The school is officially a United Church of Christ school. Tougaloo College is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Bachelor's degree.

Areas of Study

Students at Tougaloo College often study liberal arts, science, therapy and counseling.

Tougaloo College Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 410 to 560 in 2007-2008. A quarter of students admitted in 2007-2008 scored 530 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors.

Student Body

The school offers classes to 856 students (829 full-time equivalent). Minorities are common at Tougaloo College.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:
"Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black, church-related, but not church controlled, four-year liberal arts institution located on West County Line Road on the northern edge of the city of Jackson, Missisisippi. Founded in 1869 by the American Missionary Association, Tougaloo College was chartered on the principles that it be accessible to all irrespective of their religious tenets, and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general. Tougaloo acknowledges and respects its traditions, remains dedicated to the equality of all people, and continues to be a value-oriented community where students are guided by a concerned faculty and staff. The members of this community apply current knowledge to prepare students for lifelong learning related to new information and emerging technologies, as well as humane standards in a global society. Tougaloo offers an undergraduate curriculum designed to encourage students to apply critical thought to all areas of life, to acquire a basic knowledge of the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, to develop skills required in selected professions, and to provide leadership in a democratic society and in a changing world. Tougaloo intends that its students become self-directed learners and self-reliant persons capable of dealing with people, challenges and issues. Tougaloo College intends to contribute to the social, health, and educational needs of the local and state communities through a program of community service."

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Tougaloo College
500 W County Line Rd
Tougaloo , MS 39174
General Phone: (601) 977-7700

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Tougaloo College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts65English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Science21biology, chemistry
Therapy and Counseling14psychology
Family and Social Work8child development
Art Studies6visual and performing arts, art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy5health and fitness
Education and Teaching4special ed
Media3mass communication
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Tougaloo College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree12716
Associate's degree21

Tougaloo College Student Body

Tougaloo College is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Tougaloo College had a total enrollment of 856 students (829 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 33%
Women 67%
Full-Time 100%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 40%
20-21 37%
22-24 16%
25-29 2%
30-34 2%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%

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

New Jersey1%

Tougaloo College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %

Tougaloo College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410560
SAT Math370530
ACT Verbal2730
ACT Math2426
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT8%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT97%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Tougaloo College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,717
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,717
Room and board $ 6,330
Room charge $ 4,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,330
Books and supplies $ 1,300
Other expenses $ 2,900

Financial Aid:
Tougaloo College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 243900)

Tougaloo College Faculty

Tougaloo College 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
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*1*

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year8$51,8771*
Associate professoracademic year11$41,00111$39,547
Assistant professoracademic year8$39,14515$34,903
Instructoracademic year6$36,11713$32,452
All faculty totalacademic year33$42,29940$35,515

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

Tougaloo College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Baseball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Track Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports224

Tougaloo College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked United Church of Christ affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
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