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Rodrick Sims
Owner, Subway Restaurant, Ruston, LA

Grambling State University

Impact of Spending

Grambling’s statewide annual economic impact is $264 million and supports 2,778 non-university jobs.

This includes:

  • $6 million impact of affiliated organizations,
  • $10 million in health insurance payments,
  • $13 million impact of retiree spending,
  • $35 million in university operations,
  • $36 million from visitors,
  • $41 million in construction and capital outlay,
  • $50 million in faculty and staff expenditures, and
  • $71 million impact from student spending.


    Impact of Teaching

    Grambling’s graduates have added $453 million to Louisiana’s economy over the last 10 years.

    The university’s bachelor’s degree holders have generated over $401 million, master’s degree holders almost $44 million, and associate’s degree holders over $8 million.

    GSU produced 33,763 degrees over the last 50 years with 7,843 graduates between 1998 and 2007.

    Grambling is home to Louisiana’s only precision production program and is the largest producer in the state of bachelor’s degrees in computer and information sciences.

    Impact of Research & Service

    This study captured 11 research and service programs at Grambling.

    They include:

  • 2 in economic development,
  • 3 in engineering and technology,
  • 1 in environmental and natural science, and
  • 5 in education, health and human services.


    An example is Project EMERALD (Expanding Minority Entrepreneurship Regionally Across the Louisiana Delta) that assists African-American business owners in North Louisiana’s rural parishes.

    Barbara and Irving Mcintyre
    Owners, Sweet Pea's Reastuarant

    Impact on Quality of Life

    There were approximately 189,000 attendees at Grambling State University events last year including the Bayou Classic. Of those, 68% were from off-campus, greatly adding to the $36 million impact from visitor spending.

    Grambling was the first UL System school to establish an Office of Service-Learning and has recently added a 160 hour service-learning requirement to its General Education Program.

    GSU faculty and staff volunteered 46,500 hours last year, and students contributed 101,000 hours to enhancing the community.

    Grambling State University Report (.pdf)

    Grambling State University Technical Report (.pdf)

    Grambling State University Impact Study Web Site

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