Letter From The Chancellor

Welcome to Southern University and A&M College, the largest of the five-campus Southern University System, the only historically black university system in the U.S.

We are a proud university, boasting a history of success that has defied our meager beginnings on Calliope Street in New Orleans in 1880 and our move, in 1914, to a single building in Baton Rouge.

Our first president, Dr. Joseph S. Clark and later his son, Dr. Felton G. Clark set the foundation for an institution that would unlock the doors of higher education for generations of young, inquisitive African Americans.

While still true to our original mission, Southern University is now a global community with students and faculty representing more than two dozen countries.

SU graduates now sit in the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, are successful entrepreneurs, educators, and work as scientists and engineers at major laboratories and industries around the world. Remarkably for a small urban campus, 10 of our students have become generals in the United States military.

We are among the top producers nationally of African American students who earn undergraduate degrees in engineering and nursing. Such devotion to education, coupled with the requirement that all of our students must do community service to graduate, has earned us a Top Tier rating among Historically Black Colleges and Universities from U.S. News and World Report.

Southern University has been recognized as one of the top 10 highest producer of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-Americans in the United States. We will build on that achievement as we restructure Southern University to be even more responsive to the needs of today’s students.

I am excited about where we are headed. Prospective students and parents, please take a few minutes to discover the creativity and determination of our students and the innovative teaching strategies of our dedicated faculty.

Again, welcome to Southern University and A&M College.