Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University (A&M) Details
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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.
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.
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
Estimated total cost: $8678 (in-state); $15,018 (out-of-state)
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|Out of State Tuition
|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
July 15 (fall); November 1 (spring)
July 1 (fall); November 1 (spring); April
1 (Summer) rolling admission.
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
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).
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
Full-time undergraduates: 4,911
Part-time undergraduates: 347
Graduate students: 1,324
Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 5,893; Asian, 38; Caucasian,
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,
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.
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%
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).
Commencement and conferring of degrees: May
Four summer sessions.
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,
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,
Master of Arts: English, History, Music (Applied), Sociology, Juvenile
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
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.