Dillard University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Dillard University

Dillard University is a private HBCU situated in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is associated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Students at the university benefit from small class sizes and personalized instruction, with a student/faculty ratio of only 14 to 1. The institution offers 22 undergraduate majors within its schools and colleges. Students are involved in campus life as well, participating in more than 30 organizations and clubs and an active Greek life with six fraternities and sororities. The Dillard Bleu Devils play in the NAIA Division I Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,309 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 24% Male/76% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $17,918
  • Books: $1,300
  • Room and Board: $10,100
  • Other Expenses: $4,366
  • Total Cost: $33,684

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 92%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $12,356
    • Loans: $8,801

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors:Biology, Business, Mass Communications, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 42%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cheerleading-Dance Team, Cross Country, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Dillard University Admissions

Dillard University may seem selective since about six out of every ten applicants will not get in. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Dillard University Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 420/540
    • SAT Math: 420/530
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: -/-
    • ACT English: -/-
    • ACT Math: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Dillard University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Dillard University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Texas Southern University, Bennett College, California State University Dominguez Hills, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Pine Manor College, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Dillard University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Buffalo State College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Bloomfield College

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Dillard University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

La Salle University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Applying to Dillard University

Application Deadline: August 1

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