Tougaloo College QuickFacts

Founded in 1869, Tougaloo College is an independent, historically black, coeducational four-year liberal arts institution, located on the northern border of Jackson, Mississippi. Since its founding, the College has established a nationally recognized legacy of excellence, relevance and influence.

In this age of greater accountability and questions about college cost and value, we are leading the change to demonstrate how to be effective, efficient, and net excellent student outcomes. The Center for Higher Education Reform issued a recent report on the resident’s Rating Scale: How American Colleges Might Fare. Tougaloo College is among 19 exemplary institutions, identified from a field of 1,700 U.S. institutions, using the metrics of access, affordability, and success. The Educate to Career (ETC) College Rankings Index recently ranked Tougaloo College #23 out of 1222 U.S. institutions included in the rankings for best economic value. This new ranking system shows the economic valued added with a degree, based on the socioeconomic status of students at the time of college entrance, cost of college and earning outcomes of the students when they enter the labor market. These newest rankings amplify the Tougaloo story we all know.

Whatever period in its history, Tougaloo has been distinguished as an institution with academic, social, and economic value. A Tougaloo education is any student’s passport to success. It ranks among the top 25 U.S. institutions whose graduates earn their Ph.D.s in the science and engineering disciplines and among the top 15 historically black colleges and universities in the graduation of females with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences. The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report consistently list Tougaloo College as one of the “Best Colleges in the Southeast” and the most recent rankings of U.S. News and World Report list Tougaloo among the top 15 of “America’s Best Black Colleges (#12 in 2014).” BET recently (2013) ranked the college among the Top 15 Best Black Colleges in the U.S. in their “Head of the Class” list. Washington Monthly lists the College among the top 25 (#21) liberal arts institutions in the nation (2014) and the College was recently named a “Best Value College” by University Research and Review LLC (2014). Tougaloo College has historically produced over 40% of the African American physicians and dentists, practicing in the state of Mississippi, more than one-third of the state’s African American attorneys and educators including teachers, principals, school superintendents, college/university faculty and administrators.

The College offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in 29 majors in the areas of education, humanities, social science and natural science. It also offers the associate of arts degree in three areas of study, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate program. Tougaloo College

  • Has a distinguished, multi-racial faculty, over 70 % of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields
  • Offers a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, ensuring personalized attention for all students
  • Aids and encourages its students to identify, develop, and integrate service passions, career interests, and academic pursuits
  • Sends over 60% of graduates to graduate or professional schools immediately after graduation

Tougaloo College:

  • Is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and boasts a mix of historic buildings and new architecture that always nods to the College’s historic past
  • Has a storied history and is referred to as “The Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi” because of the significant role the College played in advancing the fundamental principles of equality, freedom, justice and
    America’s promise
  • Holds one of the most significant college art collections in the region, featuring over 1,150 works, the oldest of which are more than 400-500 years old (now on display in the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center)
  • Is proud of its nationally recognized research partnership and exchange program with Brown University that began over fifty years ago
  • One of three partners in the nationally recognized Jackson Heart Study, the largest single site prospective epidemiologic investigation of cardiovascular disease among African Americans