In 1867, Morehouse College was established as the Augusta Institute to prepare black men for positions in ministry and teaching. New academic programs were added in 1906 and the college continuously expanded with the addition of newer buildings. Morehouse College is among the only three traditional all male colleges in the United States and the only private, historically black college. It is also among the best colleges for liberal arts studies providing Bachelor of Arts programs in African American Studies, Urban Studies and more.
Morehouse has three schools:
Business Administration and Economics
Humanities and Social Sciences
Science and Mathematics
Students can choose among the 26 programs that are offered in these departments. Special programs at Morehouse include the Honors program, the Summer Academy, Service Learning, TRIO programs and academic consortiums.
The Service Learning program empowers students with the skills they require for community service in local, national and international community service programs.
The TRIO program prepares students for academic success in the completion of their secondary, post secondary, and post baccalaureate education.
One of the most unique programs at Morehouse is the four year Honors Program, which includes 14 majors and is limited to meritorious students only.
At Morehouse, students benefit from smaller class sizes with a student to teacher ratio of 16:1. All faculties at the college hold tertiary degrees.
The college is accredited by the Commission and Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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As a historically black college, preference is given to students who are either African American or have deep insight into the ethical and cultural background of African American life. Morehouse is a highly selective college.
Students must have taken advance coursework in high school, including two foreign languages.
Early action applicants must be among the top 25 percentile of their high school class, with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and equally high scores on the SAT or ACT. Proof of participation in extracurricular activities is also required.
Students from accredited colleges can apply as transfer students if they have completed 26 credit hours. Transcripts are required for all educational institutions that you may have attended.
Apart from submitting transcripts of high school education and SAT scores, international students must also submit TOEFL scores for English proficiency.
Federal financial aid is available in the form of Direct loans, Pell grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity grant, and work study programs. Eligible students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the FAFSA website.
Financial aid is provided through direct loan programs, student employment, and external scholarships such as the ones offered by Coca Cola, Boeing, National Institutes of Health, Americorps and more. A detailed list of external scholarships is available here.
To receive institutional scholarships, students must have high academic scores and should maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
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Residential communities at Morehouse include Graves Hall, Hubert Hall, White Hall, and Brazeal Hall for freshmen students while upper class students have the option of living in apartments and suites at Kilgore Hall, Otis Moss Suites, Mays Hall and a few others.
All residential complexes are designed to aid students in fostering relationships with their peers and faculty so they can enhance their academic skill set.
Retail dining options include the Jazzman Café and Café Mazique while campus dining is located at Chivers Dining Hall. Purchasing a meal plan for eating at campus dining locations is mandatory.
The college is home to several student organizations and clubs such as the Student Government, Christian Youth Fellowship, Morehouse College Glee Club, Tri-State Club, and several Greek clubs – Phi Alpha Delta, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha
Lambda Delta and Iota Phi Theta.
The Morehouse Glee Club is particularly famous and has done several international performances. The school’s marching band, known as the House of Funk, has done half time performances at Super Bowl XVII and the Today Show.
Recreational facilities at the college include group fitness and wellness programs in bodybuilding, Yoga, water aerobics, swimming, and health seminars. These programs are conducted in the multipurpose room while sporting facilities exist at
Archer’s Hall gymnasium and the Edwin Moses track.
Outside the college, students can find entertainment at the famous Alliance Theatre or see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra live at the Woodruff Art Center. Head out to the Hard Rock Café to enjoy drinks with a mix of rock and roll or visit the numerous museums that dot the city.
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Althetic teams at the college are called the Maroon Tigers while the swimming team is known as the Tigersharks. Sports at the college include:
Track and field
Morehouse College is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Through 1958 and 1976, the Morehouse swimming team won more than 200 events and is being inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Athletic facilities exist at the Archer Student Center, the Forbes Arena, and the Harvey Stadium. The Archer gymnasium has three basketball courts, a natatorium, swimming pool and equipment for cardiovascular and weight training.
The Forbes Arena is a state of the art facility and has an audience capacity of 6000 while the Harvey Stadium has a capacity of 9000.
Students can enjoy recreational and wellness services at the Archer Hall Recreation Center, which has a gymnasium, a weight training room, and a game room. Fitness classes are available in aerobics, capoeira, yoga, and bodybuilding.
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