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Grambling State University Overview

Grambling State University is a public institution situated in Grambling, Louisiana. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Grambling draws many to the area.

What Is Grambling State University Known For?

569 Undergraduate Awards
$25,826 Avg Cost After Aid
43% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at GSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average GSU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Grambling State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular General Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Grambling State University?

Location of Grambling State University

Contact details for GSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 403 Main Street, Grambling, LA 71245
Phone: 318-247-3811

How Do I Get Into GSU?

You can apply to GSU online at:

Admission Requirements for GSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GSU?

43% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate of Grambling State University is 43%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 43%, and the acceptance rate for women is 43%.

Can I Afford Grambling State University?

$25,826 Net Price
94% Take Out Loans
17.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GSU is $25,826. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At GSU, approximately 94% of students took out student loans averaging $6,975 a year. That adds up to $27,900 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GSU is 17.9%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Grambling State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,813 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,153 undergraduate students at GSU, with 3,813 being full-time and 340 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GSU

There are also 1,079 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,813 full-time undergraduates at GSU, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grambling State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 3,542
Hispanic or Latino 30
White 20
International Students 176
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

Louisiana students aren't the only ones who study at Grambling State University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at GSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Dominica, and Nigeria.

Online Learning at Grambling State University

741 Took All Classes Online
2,917 Took At Least One Class Online
28.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at GSU. In 2017-2018, 2,917 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GSU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 21st most popular in Louisiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of GSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Grambling State University was 28.6%. This is the #725 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GSU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of GSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26%
Health Professions 38%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 26%
Nursing 38%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 35%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at GSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Education #12
Curriculum & Instruction #26
Educational Administration #57
Criminal Justice & Corrections #86
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #94
Education #155
Business Administration & Management #198
Business, Management & Marketing #248

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Grambling State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 116 136 0 252
Social Work 50 25 0 75
General Biology 52 0 0 52
Communication & Media Studies 39 12 0 51
Business Administration & Management 45 0 0 45
Teacher Education Subject Specific 34 0 0 34
Health & Physical Education 0 31 0 31
General Social Sciences 0 30 0 30
Accounting 28 0 0 28
General Psychology 26 0 0 26
Human Development & Family Studies 24 0 0 24
Public Administration 0 22 0 22
Marketing 21 0 0 21
Information Science 20 0 0 20
General Engineering Technology 19 0 0 19
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 19 0 0 19
Nursing 0 16 0 16
Music 13 0 0 13
Sociology 12 0 0 12
Other Education 0 2 9 11
Computer Science 9 0 0 9
Teacher Education Grade Specific 6 3 0 9
Other Visual Art 9 0 0 9
General English Literature 6 0 0 6
Political Science & Government 6 0 0 6
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
History 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 2 0 0 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 0 2
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0
Special Education 0 0 0 0
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 569 279 9 857


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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