Dillard University boasts notable alumni and STEM department

Dillard University has a long history that dates back to the Civil War. The school was created to help newly freed slaves earn a higher education. Furthermore, the learning institution was one of the first schools in the historically black colleges and university (HBCU) education system.

The university also has many notable degree recipients such as filmmaker Spike Lee and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who both received honorary awards for their bodies of work.

Dillard University is broken into two colleges, which includes professionals studies, arts and sciences. The school's department of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is its mainstay, where students can enroll in dual degrees programs in biology, physics and engineering.

The college is one of the few HBCUs to offer pre-nursing, traditional registered nurse and license practitioner nursing programs all on the same campus.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for physicists are expected to increase by 16 percent over the next several years, which translates to approximately 2,500 available positions.

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