Hampton University Details
Hampton, Virginia 23668
The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life
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Hampton University (HU) is located in Hampton, Virginia, which
has a population of approximately 125,000. Points of interest include the
Hampton University Museum, the Syms-Eaton Museum, and the Kecoughtan
Indian History Center. The city is served by mass bus transportation, and
passenger rail is 10 miles away. There are airports 10 to 13 miles away in
Norfolk and Newport News. The campus is close to Norfolk, Richmond, and
Virginia Beach. Students have access to water sports, fishing, and hiking.
Hampton University is a four-year, private, coed liberal arts institution
that was founded in 1868 as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute to
educate former slaves who had gathered behind the Union line on the
Virginia Peninsula. Its original purpose was to train selected blacks who
would then teach and lead their people. Postsecondary-level programs were
instituted in 1922, the first bachelor’s degree was awarded in 1926, and
graduate school began in 1928.
In the early years, residence quarters were a problem. The men lived in
army tents and the women lived in barracks until the completion of
Virginia Hall. The Hampton Singers, a group that toured communities in the
north, raised some of the money for this building.
Hampton University has deep roots in the social history of America and
seeks to motivate its students to be responsive to the problems affecting
our society. It continues its mission to provide education for the
educationally underserved as it seeks out promising students from
outstanding high schools. While effective teaching and scholarly research
play important roles, Hampton places the student at the center of its
The 204-acre campus comprises approximately fifty main buildings and
seventy-five auxiliary structures. The “Emancipated Oak Tree” stands on
the Hampton University campus in an area that served as the first
classroom for the new freedmen. The Emancipation Proclamation was read to
area residents under the tree in 1883, it now serves as a symbol of
freedom and education. The Wigwam building, originally a male residence
hall erected in 1878, is a reminder of Hampton’s role in the education of
Native Americans. Five of the buildings are designated National Historic
Landmarks, including “The Mansion,” which predates the founding of the
University. Ogden Hall is recognized as having the best acoustics in the
state and is home to the Virginia opera and symphony companies.
Hampton University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $10,464
Room and board: $5446
Special fees: $1202
Estimated total cost: $18,012
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Financial Aid Specific to the School
Army and Navy ROTC offer two- and three-year scholarships that pay
tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend. For more information,
students should contact the ROTC office.
March 1 (priority), continuous notification
March 15 (fall-priority), December 1
SAT (minimum combined score of 950) or ACT (minimum score of 20 English,
20 math) is required.
Graduation from an accredited high school and completion of the following 17 Carnegie units: 4 English (grammar,
composition, literature), 3 mathematics (algebra I, and II, geometry), 2
natural science (biology and chemistry), 2 social science, and 6 academic
electives; 2 foreign language units recommended; GPA of at least 2.0 (on a
4.0 scale) or “C” average; rank in top half of class; essay; and health
certificate completed by a physician. A $25 nonrefundable application fee
is also required.
Admission Application Deadline: March 15 (fall-priority), December 1
Admission Contact: Dean of Admission, Hampton University, Hampton,
Virginia 23668; Telephone: 757-727-5328; 800-624-3328 (toll-free);
A minimum of 120 semester hours and completion of core requirements to include:
six English, six mathematics, six to eight science, six social science,
four health and physical education, and three speech courses; freshman orientation;
minimum 2.0 GPA; and completion of last 30 hours in residence.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 5,383
Other regions: 48 states, 48 international
Full-time undergraduates: 4,510
Part-time undergraduates : 465
Graduate students: 408
Median SAT composite score: 1010
Campus Regulations: Freshman orientation mandatory; freshman cars not
permitted; quiet hours; dorm visitation hours enforced.
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
career planning and placement, student employment services, women’s
resource center, tutoring, remedial instruction, testing for GMAT, GRE,
LSAT, PATB, NTE, ACT, ACT-PEP, ACT-ASE, and CLEP. Late-night escort is
Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, band,
chorale, dances, orchestra, movies, art exhibits, lectures. Other
activities include open forums, field trips, and athletic contests.
Students may get involved in the student-run newspaper or yearbook.
Communication majors or volunteers can work at the student-run radio
The renowned Hampton Jazz Festival, originated by the University, is an
annual event now sponsored jointly with the community. Several other
campus-community partnerships give students options for community
involvement. The Musical Arts Program brings great artists to the campus
in the areas of art, dance, drama, media, and music.
Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government
Association (SGA) or the Student Union Board, which plan activities and
programs for the University. There are more than thirty-five other clubs
and special interest groups, including the Women’s Senate, Men’s
Association, radio club, debating society, writer’s group, and hobby
groups. Communications majors and volunteers can get involved in the
student-run radio station, WHOU FM.
Sororities include: Alpha Kappa, Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho,
and Zeta Phi Beta.
Fraternities include: Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta
Thirteen departmental or special honor societies are also represented, including
Alpha Kappa Mu.
Housing Availability: 2,700 housing spaces; freshmen given priority;
Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility.
Number of faculty members: 389
Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
Full-time faculty members: 300
Part-time faculty members: 89
Hampton University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division I),
and the I-AA (for football).
Intercollegiate Sports: men’s basketball, cross country, football, golf,
indoor/outdoor tennis, and sailing; women’s basketball, bowling, cross
country, golf, indoor/outdoor tennis, track, sailing, softball, and
Intramural Sports: badminton, basketball, dancing, field hockey,
gymnastics, horseshoes, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis,
track, volleyball, and weight lifting.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Hampton University, Hampton,
Virginia 23668; Telephone 757-727-5641.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Three summer sessions.
Bachelor of Arts:
Architecture, Advertising, Art/Graphic Design, Communication Sciences
and Disorders, English, Fine Arts, History, Journalism, Mass Media Arts,
Music, Music Education, Music/Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science,
Psychology, Public Relations, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communications,
Theater Arts/Performing Arts/Technical Theater/Dance
Bachelor of Science:
Accounting, Airway Science, Biology, Banking and Finance: Chemical
Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education,
Economics, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, Entrepreneurship,
Finance, Foods and Nutrition, General Dietetics, Gerontology, Health and Recreation,
Interior Design, Management, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematics,
Music/Engineering Technology, Nursing, Physical Education, Physics/Engineering,
Social Work, Special Education
Biology Education, Computer Science, English, English Education,
Marine Science, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Physical Education,
Pharmacy, Political Science, Social Work, Special Education
Physics, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy