Applicants must submit a web application and the following documents:

  • An application for admission

  • Official transcripts from all previous schools (including evidence of obtaining a high school diploma) or Evidence of successful completion of the Test of General Educational Development (GED) in the form of an official report of test scores, mailed directly from the Department of Education or the official GED Testing Center to the Office of Admissions.
    Note: Home-schooled students must submit official transcripts with original authorized signature.

  • For students born after 1956, proof of immunization or immunity to measles, mumps and rubella must be provided to the Office of Admissions prior to registration. This policy applies to all students entering Southern University at Shreveport for the first time and all students returning after an absence of one semester or more. Proof of tetanus/diphtheria immunization is also required. A student may claim exemption from the immunization requirement for medical or personal reasons; however, the University will require the student to leave the campus and be excluded from class in the event of an outbreak of measles, mumps or rubella. Students claiming exemption will not be permitted back on campus or in class until the outbreak is over or until proof of adequate immunization has been submitted to the Office Admissions.

  • A non-refundable application processing fee of $20 is required of all applicants.  The application fee is required regardless if applicant ultimately enrolls or not.  Application fees can be paid online when submitting the web application, by mail with a cashier’s check or money order, or by credit card by calling the Cashier at 318.670.9305.

  • Submit test scores (ACT, SAT, Compass, or AccuPlacer). Applicants who have not taken either of these exams must take the AccuPlacer on established test dates set by the SUSLA Testing Center. Contact the SUSLA Testing Center at the University address or call 318-670-6450 for testing dates.
    • New first-time non-traditional freshmen (age 25 or older) seeking admission into degree programs are not required to have test scores on file.  However, students without test scores may be placed in developmental courses.  Students may opt to take the AccuPlacer to place into college-level courses.
    • Students seeking admission into non-degree programs are not required to have test scores on file. Note: some non-degree programs may have test score requirements that students must adhere to.

Records submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned.

Provisional admission of fourteen (14) days may be granted pending receipt of required data. The registration of any student whose admission records are still incomplete fourteen (14 days) after the first day of classes may be automatically canceled with no refund of fees.

Application priority deadlines for admission are:

  • July 1 for Fall Semester
  • April 1 for Summer Session
  • November 1 for Spring Semester


All first-time freshmen students must participate in New Student Orientation; new transfer students are encouraged to participate.  The Center for Student Success coordinates orientation and will send out details in advance.

Orientation includes placement testing and affords the student an opportunity to meet with a faculty advisor, and is a part of the registration process for the fall and spring semesters.

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