BAYOU Summer Program

The Beginning Agricultural Youth Opportunity Unlimited (BAYOU) Summer Program in the College of Agricultural, Human and Environmental Sciences provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge about career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business, or the natural sciences.




This program targets rising high school seniors and incoming college Freshmen who are interested in career opportunities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer science, business, or the natural sciences. Participants gain knowledge of these opportunities through campus and departmental tours, industry excursions, immersion in a collegiate classroom environment, and laboratory experience in the form of a short-term research project. 

The 2024 BAYOU Summer Program will be held June 2 - 13, 2024 on the Southern University campus.


Applicants must:

  • Have completed the 11th grade with a min. GPA 2.5. Graduating seniors who are interested in agricultural, family and consumer sciences, business or the natural sciences and have an ACT (SAT equivalent) composite score of 18 and above, or High School GPA of 2.5 or greater, or rank top 50% of high school graduation class AND require no more than ONE remedial course. 
  • Submit high school transcript
  • Submit ACT/SAT scores (composite 18 or SAT equivalent)  
  • 300-500 word essay about your career goals and aspirations (see application for details) 

The application deadline is May 1, 2024. For additional information contact,



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