Auburn’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Graduate School will partner in a new initiative to support graduate transfer students from Alabama HBCUs


Transfer students from eight in-state HBCUs can utilize application fee waivers starting January 2022

Auburn University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, in partnership with Auburn’s Graduate School, will be offering graduate school application fee waivers for Alabama HBCU applicants.

Auburn will sponsor 300 application fee waivers for graduate school applicants from any of the eight Alabama HBCUs. OID and Auburn’s Graduate School were inspired to offer this initiative to advance the Strategic Enrollment goal as part of the Auburn University Strategic Plan.

“We’re proud to have partnered with OID to advance Auburn’s strategic goals regarding diversity on our campus,” said George Flowers, Dean of the Graduate School. “We hope it will allow us to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in Auburn’s graduate programs as well as foster a climate of diversity and inclusion in our community.”

Alabama is home the more historically black colleges than any other state in the U.S. Through this waiver program, Auburn hopes to incentivize these graduate transfer students to stay in the state of Alabama and contribute to one of Auburn’s many thriving graduate programs.

“We are excited to work with the Graduate School on such a meaningful initiative to support HBCU transfer students from our state,” said Taffye Benson Clayton, Associate Provost and Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity. “I know that through this partnership, we can continue to foster diversity among our graduate programs, as well as increase the number of unique voices at Auburn.”

It is OID’s mission to proactively work to eliminate barriers facing underrepresented community members and commit to sustaining and supporting diversity initiatives like this, which are critical in reaching those goals. As a land-grant institution, Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world.

For those interested in the waiver, relevant applicants will have an option to apply for the waiver as part of their Auburn Graduate School application. Any applicants who attended one the eight accredited four-year HBCUs listed below are encouraged to apply before the limited number of waivers are used:

  1. Alabama A&M University
  2. Alabama State University
  3. Concordia University
  4. Miles College
  5. Oakwood University
  6. Stillman College
  7. Talladega College
  8. Tuskegee University.

“I’m excited to have partnered with the Graduate School for the waiver program and look forward to working with more of Auburn’s schools and colleges on their diversity efforts throughout the rest of the year,” said JuWan Robinson, Chief of Staff and Special Assistant for The Office of Inclusion and Diversity. “This program, along with initiatives like our Inclusive Excellence Programming Grant, represent ways for us to lay the framework for longer-term diversity efforts that will have a lasting impact on our campus.”

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Last modified: January 28, 2022