Tougaloo College

Tougaloo College, a historically black college on the edge of Jackson, Mississippi, has gained national respect for its high academic standards and level of social responsibility. 

The College reached the ultimate demonstration of its social commitment during the turbulent years of the 1960s. Tougaloo College’s leadership, courage in opening its campus to the Freedom Riders and other Civil Rights workers and leaders, and its bravery in supporting a movement whose time had come, helped to change the economic, political and social fabric of the state of Mississippi and the nation.

Aside from its social commitment, Tougaloo College has continued to strive to create an environment of academic excellence and a campus of engaged learners. The administration and faculty continue to challenge students to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities available in a global economy and to become leaders who will effect change.

The College’s living and learning environment prepares its students to become broadly educated, attain the academic capability for lifelong learning, develop morally and socially responsible character and take advantage of multiple avenues for interdisciplinary and experiential learning.

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