Dillard University, situated in the culturally rich city of New Orleans, Louisiana, has a history that is deeply intertwined with the African American educational tradition. Founded in 1930 through the merger of two earlier institutions, Straight University (established in 1868) and New Orleans University (established in 1873), Dillard University was created to provide higher education opportunities to African American students in the South. This merger was a significant step in consolidating resources and expertise to offer a more comprehensive educational experience. Today, Dillard University is a vibrant institution with an enrollment of approximately 1,224 students, offering Bachelor's degrees in various fields.
The university's motto, "Ex Fide, Fortis" (Strong Through Faith), reflects its commitment to fostering a strong sense of faith, purpose, and perseverance among its students. Dillard University is particularly known for its programs in Business Administration, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Mass Communication. The urban campus setting provides students with a dynamic learning environment, and the university offers campus housing to foster a vibrant and inclusive community.
The university's spirit is further exemplified by its mascot, the Bleu Devil, and its colors, royal blue and white. In athletics, Dillard University competes in NAIA Division I as part of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC), with its athletic teams known as the Bleu Devils & Lady Bleu Devils. Dillard University continues to be a significant educational and cultural institution in New Orleans, dedicated to empowering students and transforming lives through education.
NAIA Division I - Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC)
Team Name: Bleu Devils & Lady Bleu Devils