Morris College Details

Email Address
Co_Education Yes
Campus Address 100 West College Street
City Sumpter
State South Carolina
Zip 29150
Phone 803-934-3200
Total Enrollment 844
Motto Enter to Learn; Depart to Serve.
Level of Selectivity Noncompetitive
Location Morris College is located in the city of Sumter, South Carolina, which has a population of over 45,000. Mass air and rail transportation are approximately 50 miles from the city. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is 30 miles away. Sumter offers students shopping, dining, a museum, and an art gallery. Whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding are available nearby at the Sumter National Forest.
History Morris College is a four-year, private, coeducational liberal arts college affiliated with the Baptist Church. It was founded in 1908 \"for the Christian and intellectual training of Negro youth.\" Teacher education and certification were the primary goals. The school was founded by impoverished blacks without any formal education who possessed an unshakable faith in God and a need to provide others with the educational opportunities they did not have. The original normal program was discontinued in 1929, and the following year the elementary school ceased operation. During the next two years, Morris was a junior college only. A full four-year program was resumed in 1933, and the high school level was terminated in 1946. As the enrollees at Morris College continued striving for Christian and intellectual goals, only African-Americans were in attendance. It wasnít until 1961 that the doors of Morris College opened to all ethnic groups. Presently, as a center for training teachers and ministers, it continues to promote the intellectual and personal development of each student it admits. Sixteen-building, 33-acre campus is a blend of buildings built from the 1920s to the 1980s, including the presidentís home built in 1986. Morris is one of only a few senior colleges built and operated solely under the auspices of African Americans.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation Yes
Accrediation Morris College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Costs per Year 2002Ė03 Tuition: $6483 Room and board: $1392 (room); $1918 Special fees: $250 Books: $1000 Estimated total cost: $11,043
In State Tuition 6483
Out of State Tuition 6483
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percentage of the student body that received financial aid: 98 Number of scholarships and grants: 915 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $4,112,114 Range of scholarships and grants: $500 to $6400 Financial Aid SpePercentage of the student body that received financial aid: 98 Number of scholarships and grants: 915 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $4,112,114 Range of scholarships and grants: $500 to $6400 Financial Aid Specific to the School Army ROTC offers two- and four-year scholarships that pay tuition, fees, books, and other expenses and provides a monthly stipend. Students should contact the ROTC Office on campus.
Financial-Aid Deadline March 30 (fall); December 1 (spring)
Admission Deadline
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) and completion of the following 18 units: 4 English, 3 mathematics or natural science, 2 social studies, 1 U.S. history, 1 physical education, and 7 electives. Students must be in the top 75 percent of their graduating class; they also must have a health exam by physician and take a placement test in English and mathematics. A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required. Admission Contact: Admissions and Records Officer, Mabel K. Howard Building, Morris College. 100 West College Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150-3599. Telephone: 803-934-3225; 866-853-1345 (toll-free); 803-773-8241 (fax).
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 124 credit hours and completion of core requirements to include 6 mathematics and 6 science credit hours and a 2.0 GPA. Students must pass the English and math proficiency test, take a written exit exam, complete their last 30 hours and their senior year in residence at Morris College, and participate in commencement exercises. A $25 graduation fee is required.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 986 In-state: 868 Other regions: 18 states Full-time undergraduates(men/women): 343/615 Part-time undergraduates(men/women): 13/15 Ethnic/Racial Makeup: African Americans, 983; Caucasians, 2; Hispanics, 1.
Diversity 35
Student Life Campus Regulations: Freshmen must live on campus, cars must be registered for a fee, the campus has curfews. Teacher education majors must take the National Teacher Examination (NTE) before assigned to student teaching. Campus Services: Health center, personal and psychological counseling, career counseling and placement, tutoring, and religious services. Campus Activities: Social and cultural activities include theater, chorale, and dance. Students may get involved in the Hornet (student-run newspaper) or the Menagerie (yearbook). Communication majors or volunteers may work at the student radio station or the television station. Leadership opportunities are found in the Student Government Association or the various other clubs, such as the Chess Club. Greek-letter fraternities include Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma, sororities include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and Zeta Phi Beta. The Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society promotes high scholarship and service and is open to junior and senior students who satisfy the academic requirements. College assemblies are held every Monday, except during Thanksgiving week. Religious activities are an integral part of campus life. During Religious Emphasis Week, the College community has an opportunity to place special emphasis on worship and religious ideals. Housing Availability: There are 550 housing spaces: 3 womenís dorms and 2 menís dorms. Freshmen are given priority, and freshman-only housing is available.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 75 Student-teacher ratio: 14:1 Full-time faculty members: 44 Part-time faculty members: 21
Athletic Program Morris College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Intercollegiate Sports: menís baseball, basketball, and track, womenís basketball, softball, and track. Intramural Sports: basketball, football, tennis, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Morris College, North Main Street, Sumter, South Carolina 29150. Telephone: 803-934-3235; Fax: 803-773-3687.
School Calender AugustĖMay (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Two summer sessions.
Website http://www.morris.ed
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Broadcast Media/Journalism, Christian Education, Community Health, English, Fine Arts, French, History, Journalism, Music, Philosophy/Religion, Pastoral Ministry, Political Science, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology Bachelor of Science: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Computer Information Science, Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English Education, French Education, Health Science, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music Education, Office Administration, Psychology Education, Recreation Administration, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Special Education Certification: Biology, History, Mathematics, Social Studies,
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