Morehouse College Details
830 Westview Drive, SouthWest
To Uplift the Human Race Through Responsible Citizenship
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Morehouse is located in the dynamic city of Atlanta, which is
known as the cultural and economic mecca of the South. The College
provides for a quality education while the surrounding community provides
an array of social and cultural activities. Professional ball games,
theaters, concerts, art galleries, fine restaurants, and malls are all
accessible by the public transit system and can be found all over the
metropolitan area. Places of interest include Georgia’s Stone Mountain
Park, Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change,
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the Antebellum Plantation,
Six Flags Over Georgia, and Carter Presidential Center, Museum, and
Library. The campus is located one mile west of downtown Atlanta.
Morehouse is a private, independent, four-year liberal arts college for
men. It was founded in 1867 in Augusta, Georgia as the Augusta Institute;
its purpose, to train freed slaves to read and write. The school moved to
Atlanta in 1879 and expanded its scope to prepare blacks for the ministry.
Consequently, it was called Atlanta Baptist Seminary. In 1894, the first
college instruction was introduced and in 1897, the first bachelor’s
degree was granted and the name changed to Atlanta Baptist College. In
1913, the name changed to its present name, Morehouse College. The
Morehouse School of Medicine was established in 1975 and became
independent of the College in 1981.
A cooperative agreement was established in 1929 among Clark Atlanta
University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. The cooperative later
expanded to include Morris Brown College, the Interdenominational
Theological Center, and the Morehouse School of Medicine. The subsequent
conglomeration is presently called the Atlanta University Center and
allows students to use the facilities of a large university community
while attending a smaller liberal arts college.
Although Morehouse expanded its facilities and programs, it holds true to
its mission to educate and nurture black male leadership. The nation’s
only historically all black-male college feels a special responsibility
for teaching its students about the history and culture of blacks. This
commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of
leadership, service, and self-realization is evident in the fact that
Morehouse has a legacy of producing black male leaders who are dynamic in
their varied professions. President Leroy Keith states, “Morehouse has an
illustrious history of excellence in the provision of educational
opportunities; our alumni have distinguished themselves in many
professions throughout the world.” The school alumni include a long list
of distinguished leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Maynard
Jackson, Andrew Young, and Edwin Moses. Notables such as Oprah Winfrey and
Spike Lee have donated millions of dollars for scholarship endowments.
Dotted with a mixture of old and an increasing number of new buildings,
the campus forms part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest
private educational complex with a predominantly black enrollment in the
world. The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel is a multipurpose
facility named in honor of the college’s most distinguished alumnus. This
historically black college is a United Negro College Fund member school
and is one of three black institutions with a Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
represented on campus.
|Costs per Year
2002–03 Tuition: $11,332
Room and board: $4,674 (room); $3,986 (board)
Special fees: $2,286
Estimated total cost: $23,028
|In State Tuition
|Out of State Tuition
|Financial Aid-Institutional Funding
Financial Aid Specific to the School
The Army, Navy, and Air Force in cooperation with Georgia Technical
Institute offer two- and three-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees,
books, and a monthly stipend. Students should contact the ROTC office on
Athletic scholarships are available to students participating in
intercollegiate sports. Students should contact the Athletic Department.
Performance grants are available to students in music and drama.
Students should contact the Music Department.
The Cooperative Education Program alternates academic study with paid
related work experience. The program provides academic credit and
full-time status during co-op placement. Students should contact specific departments.
February 15 (fall); October 15 (spring).
Graduation from an accredited high school (or
equivalent); submit an official high school transcript to include the
following units: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 2 natural science, and 2 social
science; written essay required; students must submit proof of a recent
physical exam. An interview may be requested. A $45 nonrefundable
application fee is required.
Admission Application Deadline: February 15 (fall); October 15 (spring).
Admission Contact: Director of Admissions, 106 Gloster Hall, Morehouse
College, 830 Westview Drive, Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30314; Telephone:
404-681-2632; 800-561-1254 (toll-free); 404-524-5635 (fax).
A minimum of 124 semester hours to include the
core requirements; 12 semester hours of a foreign language or its
equivalent; 6 semester hours of science and math; 1 computer course for
accounting, engineering, finance, management, and math majors; completion
of both the freshman orientation seminar and weekly assembly is required
for graduation; students must attend graduation ceremonies.
|Student Body Profile
Total enrollment: 3,143
Full-time undergraduates: 3,007
Part-time undergraduates: 136
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,972; Asian, 5; Caucasian, 2;
Hispanic, 6; International, 131;
Campus Regulations: Class attendance is required; registered cars
permitted without restriction; must maintain a 2.5 GPA to join social
organizations; freshmen must attend one-hour weekly orientation seminars;
all students must attend one-hour weekly college assemblies.
Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling,
remedial programs, student employment services, religious services, chapel
services, graduate placement, independent study.
Campus Activities: Social activities include theater (the
Morehouse-Spelman Players), concerts, dances, Glee Club, and marching
band. Journalism students may work on the monthly publication (The Maroon
Tiger), or the yearbook (The Torch).
Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government
Association (SGA). The General Assembly, Student Council, and Student
Court comprises the basic structure of the SGA. Chapel Assistants, the
forensics team, and Frederick Douglass Tutorial Institute are a few of the
many student organizations. National fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha,
Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. Two local fraternities
are Alpha Pi Omega and Iota Phi Theta. Honor societies include Phi Beta
Kappa, Beta Kappa Chi, French Honor Society, Alpha Tau Delta, Alpha Kappa
Delta, and Phi Alpha Theta.
Housing Availability: 1,250 housing spaces.
Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessible.
Number of faculty members: 178
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
Full-time faculty members: 150
Part-time faculty members: 28
Morehouse College is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (SIAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Intercollegiate Sports: football, basketball, and soccer.
Intramural Sports: Baseball, basketball, bowling, soccer, swimming, table
tennis, and tennis.
Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Archer Hall, Morehouse College,
830 Westview Drive, Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30314; Telephone: 404-681-2669 or 2752.
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
One summer session.
Bachelor of Arts: African American Studies, Art, Economics, English,
French, German, History, International Studies, Linguistics, Music,
Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology,
Spanish, Urban Studies
Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, Child Development, Early Childhood
Development, Elementary Education, Engineering (dual), Health and Physical
Education, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Military Science
(cooperative), Physics, Reading, Secondary Education.