New admission standards may boost SU, Grambling

Grambling State University and colleges in the Southern University System may receive a much-needed boost in enrollment this fall, thanks to changes in the Louisiana Board of Regents’ admission standards for public institutions.

The change will allow students who require remedial or developmental courses to enroll at the state’s public historically Black colleges and universities.


Under previous standards, students below eligibility standards would only be admitted to a four-year public institution with an institutional waiver, as remedial coursework could only be completed at a two-year college.

According to some HBCU advocates, the change will allow the public HBCUs to compete with bordering states for Louisiana students, who previously have not been eligible to gain entrance into a regional four-year institution.

About 650 students who would not otherwise be admitted will be able to enroll at Southern University in the fall under the new admissions standards, according to Southern University Alumni Federation President Preston Castille.

The state will pilot the amended standards program for two years.

By HBCU Digest


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