Dillard University

Since 1869, Dillard University has been committed to providing students with a quality four-year liberal arts education. Dillard is a fully accredited private, historically black university. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dillard among the nation’s Top 10 HBCUs, based on comprehensive undergraduate studies. Dillard also was awarded a Top 10 Ranking in 2010 for liberal arts schools in the social mobility category, by Washington Monthly.

Dillard University Facts

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  • Dillard University adds 192 college graduates to the United States each year
  • Forty two percent of Dillard University graduates have jobs by the time they earn their diplomas
  • Dillard University offers 21 degree programs and three types of academic degrees,  B.A., B.S., B.S.N.,
  • Dillard University has a 38 percentage six-year graduation rate
  • 1,261 students were enrolled at Dillard University in the 2016-17 school year
  • Dillard University has two signature programs—film and physics with 28 and 41 students enrolled in those majors

    Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

News and Events




Kevin Hart, Wilson, KIPP John Fisher, Board Chair of KIPP; and Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO of UNCF
Kevin Hart, Wilson, KIPP John Fisher, Board Chair of KIPP; and Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO of UNCF

Dillard Univ. Student Receives Scholarship from Kevin Hart’s Charity, UNCF and KIPP
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 KIPP students earn a college degree. Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Junior JaMaya Wilson was one of the selected students, awarded to her at a surprise event on August 6 in Los Angeles. >> Read More


For second year, leaders of HBCUs gather to discuss LGBT inclusion (Washington Post—7/12/18)
Jodie Patterson is a graduate of a historically black college. She is also the mother of a young transgender boy. And as a parent, she said, she knows what she wants to see from schools. “I need to see conversations,” she said. “I need to be a part of those conversations.” >> Read More

School of Nursing Brings Back Full Academic Offerings  
After conducting a voluntary comprehensive internal assessment, the Dillard University School of Nursing received initial approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) today to implement its restructured pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing programs spring semester of 2018-2019 academic year. “Without a doubt, this announcement is a pivotal step in continuing the legacy of the state’s first accredited nursing program right here at Dillard,” said Dr. Yolanda W. Page, vice president of Academic Affairs. “As a University, we made the decision to suspend admissions so we could continue to attract some of the country’s brightest students and emerge as one of the preeminent nursing programs in the country.” >> Read More

Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, My Statement: White House HBCU Event
(On Monday, February 27, 2017, UNCF and 32 of its 37 member-institution presidents participated in an unprecedented meeting in the Oval Office with President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and other top administration leaders Monday afternoon to discuss areas of collaboration between the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the federal government. Here is Dr. Kimbrough’s statement about the session.)

“On Friday I learned that I was selected to give remarks today for the meeting at the White House with members of the Trump administration, most notably Secretary Betsy DeVos. We learned this weekend that there would be closing remarks by Vice President Pence, but the goal was for officials from a number of Federal agencies (about 5 were there including OMB) and Secretary DeVos to hear about HBCUs…” >> Read More

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I chose Dillard University, because it’s an HBCU that’s really big on tradition. Dillard has enhanced my education through the relationships that I’ve developed with its remarkable professors, who have transitioned in my mind from educators to mentors.

Kelsey Gates , Class of 2016