The Mission

The mission of the Office of Minority Student Programs is multi-faceted and includes the following objectives:

  • Providing advocacy for students and their rights
  • Providing leadership in the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity
  • Promoting student learning
  • Providing support for initiatives designed to recruit and retain students of color
  • Guiding student personal growth and maturity
  • Enhancing the quality of student and campus life
  • Helping students evaluate and effectively implement life plans
  • Assuring equal access and opportunity for all students

Minority Student Organizations

The following student organizations work to provide minority students with opportunities for leadership and personal development:

  • The Association of Black Collegians
  • Black Student Fellowship Mass Gospel Choir
  • The Marva Collins Education Club
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

For more information about Minority Student Organizations, visit:

Minority Mentor Program

The purpose of the Minority Mentor Program is to help the University maintain a consistent minority enrollment while focusing on quality as well as quantity. The program also seeks to assist in the recruitment of students who have scored in the ACT range for which the University does not have scholarship programs.

Students are selected for the program based on the following criterion:

  • Academic potential
  • Active school involvement
  • 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale
  • 21 ACT or 880 SAT
  • Minority status
  • Successful academic performance in high school
  • Extra and co-curricular activities that exemplify student initiative and community involvement.

To provide the student with a holistic educational experience, participating students are required to live on campus. Students who are not eligible for other types of scholarships are given additional consideration.
Currently, students are given two-year assignments in the program.

Each department exercises appropriate judgment regarding employment and guidance of their students; however, there are specific student needs associated with the placement.

For more information regarding the Minority Mentor Program, visit:

Cultural Programs

The Office of Minority Student Programs has sponsored several programs for the purpose of educating and informing the University population as well as that of the surrounding community in minority student issues. These programs include:

  • Black History Month (ongoing)
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (ongoing)
  • Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe
  • Lectures by Dr. Bertice Berry (nationally known speaker & diversity advocate, spring 1997)
  • Minority Student Recognition Banquet (ongoing)
  • International Festival (ongoing)
  • Native American Heritage Month 
  • The Southeast Showcase for Prospective Minority Students (ongoing)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration (ongoing)
  • Asian American Heritage Month (ongoing)
  • Lectures with Dr. Nikki Giovanni - poet, lecturer, professor 
  • All-Campus diversity dialogues and discussions

For more information regarding cultural programs, visit:

Peer Mentor Program

The purpose of the Peer Mentor Program is to assist with new-student transitions on and to improve the graduation rate of minority students. The program pairs an upperclassman who has shown academic proficiency and leadership skills with a first-year student. The upperclassman serves as a mentor and guide to the new student as he/she faces the first year of college. 

Peer mentors provide assistance and guidance to new students in the following ways:

  • Personal meetings and telephone calls several times each month
  • Acquainting new students with resources and services available on campus
  • Assisting new students in understanding the structure and systems of the University
  • Inviting new students to attend cultural, developmental and educational events
  • Challenging new students to be more academically competitive and to become involved in leadership activities on campus

For more information concerning the Peer Mentoring Program, visit:

Matching Success Award Program

This program is open to entering freshman, new transfer students and returning students with less than 60 credit hours. Students applying to the program must have the following qualifications:

  • Must be a minority student
  • Students must have 3.0 high school GPA and ACT score of 21 or above
  • Students must live in University residence hall the first two years
  • Students must demonstrate financial need on Free Application for Federal Student Aid for beginning students 
  • Students must have extensive community and extracurricular activities 
  • Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis

The program awards $500 to $2000 annually to match all or a portion of a student’s contributed, non-University, merit or achievement scholarships and federal or state financial aid. For more information regarding the Matching Success Award Program, visit:


The INROADS program places talented minority youth in business and industry and prepares them for corporate and community leadership roles. To be recruited by the INROADS program, minority students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Scholarships also are available for students who complete the INROAD pre-collegiate program. For information about the INROADS program, visit:

For more information regarding Minority Student Programs or to download a program application form, a mentor contact form or a student contact form, visit:

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