Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University (A&M) Details

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Co_Education Yes
Campus Address Farm Market Road
City Farm Market Road
State Texas
Zip 77446
Phone 936-857-3311
Total Enrollment 6609
Motto Doctrina, Servitium, Recercare
Level of Selectivity Slightly competitive
Location The campus is located on 1,440 acres in the small town of Prairie View, Texas, approximately 40 miles from Houston. This semirural campus is approximately 1 mile from a major highway and 40 miles from the airport. The campus can be accessed by bus. The city of Prairie View offers access to an assortment of restaurants, shopping centers, rodeo events, ethnic festivals, horseback riding, and water sports on the lake. Nearby Houston offers students an array of social and cultural activities.
History Prairie View A&M University is a four-year, state-supported, coed college founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youths. Prairie View opened in 1878, with eight black men who were the first blacks to enroll in a state-supported school in Texas. In 1889, the name of the school was changed to Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College. Prairie View State became authorized to offer a four-year degree in 1901. The first Bachelor of Science degrees were granted in 1903. The 49th Texas Legislature changed the name of Prairie View Normal and Industrial College to Prairie View University in 1945. In 1947, the institution’s name was again changed, by the 50th Legislature, to Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. To more accurately reflect the scope of its programs, the name was changed to Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1973. Prairie View is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In 1984, the mission of the University was redefined and Prairie View became one of three Texas universities designated by the Texas constitution as an “institution of first class,” with the intention that Prairie View A&M University would become nationally recognized in the areas of education and research. It was also designated as the “statewide special-purpose institution,” charged to provide special services to students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Band Program Yes
Religious Affiliation No
Accrediation Prairie View A&M is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and master’s degrees.
Costs per Year 2002–03 Tuition: $1320 (in-state); $7660 (out-of-state) Room and board: $3307 (room); $2048 (board) Special fees: $1630 Books: $700 Estimated total cost: $8678 (in-state); $15,018 (out-of-state)
In State Tuition 1320
Out of State Tuition 7660
Financial Aid-Institutional Funding Percent of students receiving financial aid: 82 Number of scholarships and grants: 3,975 Total amount of scholarships and grants: $13,513,150 Range of scholarships and grants: $200–$8000
Financial-Aid Deadline July 15 (fall); November 1 (spring)
Admission Deadline July 1 (fall); November 1 (spring); April 1 (Summer) rolling admission.
Entrance Requirements Graduation from an accredited high school (or equivalent) with a 2.0 (conditional) GPA 2.5 (unconditional)(or equivalent); graduation in the upper 50 percent of the class. The following high school units: 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 social sciences, 3 science, 2 foreign language, 1 computer science, and 4 electives. $25 application fee. Admission Application Deadline: July 1 (fall); November 1 (spring); April 1 (Summer) rolling admission. Admission Contact: Director of Admissions and Records, Prairie View A&M University, PO Box 3089, Prairie View, Texas 77446-3089; Telephone: 936-857-2626 or 857-2618; 936-857-2699 (fax).
Graduation Requirements A minimum of 120 credit hours, including the core curriculum and 6 credits in American history and 6 credits in American government; 2.0 minimum GPA; a minimum of 36 hours in residence is required.
Student Body Profile Total enrollment: 6,609 In-state: 6,104 Full-time undergraduates: 4,911 Part-time undergraduates: 347 Graduate students: 1,324 Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 5,893; Asian, 38; Caucasian, 406;
Diversity 444
Student Life Campus Regulations: All undergraduate students are encouraged to live in the residence halls. Campus Services: Health center, counseling, remedial programs, student employment, career counseling and placement, and religious services, including chapel. Campus Activities: Social and group activities include theater, band, chorale, orchestra, and dance. Performing artists and speakers from the public and private sector provide cultural enrichment. Students may get involved in the student-run newspaper or yearbook. Students interested in communications can get involved in the campus radio station (KPVU-FM). Leadership opportunities can be found in the Student Government Association (SGA) or other student-run organizations. Greek 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 Sigma. More than 30 academic honor societies are represented on campus. Housing Availability: 3,347 housing spaces; freshman housing guaranteed. Handicapped Services: Wheelchair accessibility.
Faculty Profile Number of faculty members: 329 Student-teacher ratio: 20:1 Full-time faculty members: 283 Part-time faculty members: 46 Tenured faculty members: 89 Faculty with doctorate or other terminal degrees: 64%
Athletic Program Prairie View is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, Division I), IAA, and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Intercollegiate sports: men’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, track and field; women’s basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Intramural sports: basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Athletic Contact: Director of Athletics, Health & Human Performance, Prairie View A&M University, PO Box 97, Prairie View, Texas 77446; Telephone: 936-857-2127; 936-857-2395 (fax).
School Calender August-May (semesters) Commencement and conferring of degrees: May Four summer sessions.
Degrees Bachelor of Arts: Advertising Art, Applied Music, Art, Communications, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, History, Journalism Communications, Liberal Arts, Music, Political Science (Prelaw), Radio/Television Communications, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communications Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, Administrative Information Systems, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing Bachelor of Science: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics/World Food Distribution, Agricultural Human Sciences, Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Animal Science, Architecture, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice, Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, Engineering, Family and Community Studies, Food Science, Health, Home Economics Education, Human Development and the Family, Human Nutrition and Food, Industrial Technology (CADD), Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical Technology, Merchandising and Design, Nursing, Physics, Psychology, Science (inc. Arts), Social Work, Sociology, Technology Master of Arts: English, History, Music (Applied), Sociology, Juvenile Forensic Psychology Master of Business Administration: Business Administration Master of Education: Agricultural and Human Resources, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, Guidance Counseling, Home Economics Education, Industrial Arts Education, Industrial Technology Education, Instructional Media Design Education, Music Education, Physical Education and Coaching, Reading Teacher Master of Science: Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Environmental Toxicology, Health and Human Performance, Home Economics, Industrial Education, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Nursing, Science, Soil Science Preprofessional Programs: Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine.
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