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We last covered Bowie State University which received an average score of 7.7.

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Tougaloo College is a small private school in the Jackson, Mississippi area. While not as well known it has had an outsized impact on Black education in Mississippi once being known as the premier HBCU in the state when the other public HBCUs were not as well developed. It is well regarded by its students and alumni having one of the highest alumni contribution rats amongst HBCUs. It was first founded on the site of an old plantation by New York missionaries to educate freed slaves.

Tougaloo played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement as one of the few institutions in the state able to shelter and help civil rights activists and speakers. Students from the school known as the Tougaloo Nine helped pioneer library sit-ins across the state. White activit Joan Trumpauer became its first White student in the 1960s eventually becoming a Delta and being jailed in maximum security prison for two months for Civil Rights work.

Tougaloo also has a unique art collection originally donated by wealthy collectors and Tougaloo College is the steward of Medgar Evers' old home which is now a museum to the Civil Rights struggle.


Founded: 1869

City, State: Tougaloo, MS

Type: 4-year private, not-for-profit (United Church of Christ affiliated)

Nickname: Bulldogs

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 713 (687 undergraduate), 98% Black

Part-time student percentage: 14%

First Generation Student Percentage: 30%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 66% / 2%

Out of State Percentage: 23%

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: 56%

4-yr/6-yr graduation rates: 27% / 50%

Transfer out rate: 22%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 37% male/ 63% female (1.7:1)

Tuition: $11k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $32k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: $12k

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $33k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
Sociology: $27k

Top Majors by Degrees:
Psychology, Biology, Sports Medicine, Economics, Education

Endowment: ~$20-30M incl. $10M from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and $6M from MacKenzie Scott

Alumni Engagement: 19% of alumni give back

Athletic Conference: GCAC (NAIA)

Mascot: Bulldogs
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Notable Alumni:
Bennie Thompson - US Congressman for Mississippi's 2nd district
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Aunjanue Ellis - actress
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Hakeem Oluseyi - astrophysicist and science educator
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Main Campus
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Woodworth Chapel
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Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center
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Tougaloo art collection in this building
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