1890, the legislature designated Southern as a land grant college for blacks, in order to continue to satisfy federal requirements under the land grant program to support higher education for all students in the state, despite having a segregated system. It established an Agricultural and Mechanical department.
Southern University and A&M College is a comprehensive institution offering four-year, graduate, professional, and doctorate degree programs, fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The University today is part of the only historically black Land Grant university system in the United States.
For new students, the first official contact with the University is often through the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. This unit is responsible for recruiting and admitting undergraduate students to the University. Responsibilities include the development of effective school relations programs with high schools and community colleges, recruitment of prospective freshmen and undergraduate transfer students, evaluation of academic credit being transferred to the University, the admission of resident and nonresident students to the University, and providing orientation information about the University’s important scheduled events.