Coppin State University is a public, residential, liberal arts university located on a 52-acre, tree-lined campus in in Baltimore, Maryland. Even though it is located in an urban area, the shaded sidewalks and scenic fountains leave you with the sensation of a serene atmosphere.
A historically black college, the campus has maintained its culture over the years. The school was founded in 1900 on Pennsylvania Avenue at the Colored High School (later named Douglass High School) as a one-year training program for African-American elementary school teachers. After being founded, the school continued to enhance its teacher preparatory education. In 1952 the school changed its location to where its stands today. After the move, the Board of Trustees decided the institution needed to broaden its horizons and in 1967 the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded. The institution was then renamed on April 13, 2004.
Today it is now part of the University System of Maryland and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In the 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges, Coppin was ranked as a Tier 2 school and mentioned among the Best Regional Universities in the North.
Students may choose a variety of degrees ranging from 53 majors and nine graduate degree programs. Students may choose from seven different academic schools including Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Graduate Studies, Management Science and Economics, and the Honors College. From the schools listed, the most popular majors are Business administration, management, and operations; Criminal justice/safety studies; Nursing; Psychology; and Sport and fitness administration/management.
The U.S. News and World Report Best Grad School Rankings ranked the Rehabilitation Counseling program among the nation’s best. The individual programs are accredited by the following: the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Board of Nurses, the National League for Nursing, the National Council on Social Work Education, and the Council on Rehabilitation Educations.
Classes are offered during the day, evening and on the weekend for both the undergraduate and graduate courses. Students are given the opportunity to receive on-the-job training with national and local companies and agencies through the University’s Cooperative Education and Internship Programs. This program allows students to gain work experience alongside their regular studies for one or more semesters ensuring students graduate with hands on experience.
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Students interested in applying must fill out an application for admission, which can be completed online. Students must also send Official High School Transcripts or Official College Transcripts from all previous schools attended, SAT or ACT scores, a non-refundable application fee and an essay, upon request. Tuition is more expensive for out-of-state students than for in-state students.
International students are required to take the TOEFL if their native language is not English. The completed application form and fee for the TOEFL must be sent to the Educational Testing Service well before the beginning of the semester, ensuring the test scores are received in time for the admissions process.
A small percentage of students are able to enroll after completing their junior year in high school in an Early Admissions Program. In order to apply, these students must obtain an Application for Early Admission from the Admissions Office. These students must also submit a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor or principal as well as a permission form from their parent or legal guardian.
Students interested in receiving financial aid must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for undergraduate students and 5 credits for graduate students. The types of financial aid available include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal SEOG, the SMART, the ACG, the Teach Grant, the Federal Work Study (FWS) program and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan.
Students participating in the FWS program are able to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during the fall and spring semesters and a maximum of 40 hours in the summer. Second year students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible for the ACG. In order to be eligible for the FSEOG, students must also be eligible for the FPELL Grant. The FPELL Grant is the first source of financial aid and students applying for SMART must have received a Pell grant in the same award year.
Students must maintain satisfactory academic orogress in order to continue being eligible for financial aid.
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The majority of students attending Coppin State University come from Baltimore’s metropolitan-area public schools. Even though most of the students are from the Baltimore area they still come from very diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. There is a greater distribution of females than males at this university.
Residence Life offers both undergraduate and graduate on campus housing. Demand for housing is very high and therefore students are encouraged to apply for housing early. The application for housing must be submitted with an application fee. Alcohol is not permitted on campus, even if the student is of legal age. Students living on campus are able to use the washer and dryer for free in the laundry facility located on the first level of each residence hall. Internet access is free and can be accessed by both wireless and Ethernet cords in the residence halls.
Only fifteen minutes from campus is the Inner Harbor area, offering students access to fine shops and eating-places in pavilions along the water’s edge. This area also includes the Science Center, the National Aquarium, and the Maritime Museum. There is also one of the nation’s finest regional art collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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Athletes at Coppin are eligible to receive financial aid through the Blue and Gold Club, which provides financial support for 13 sports and over 100 student athletes. The sports teams offered for men include baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and the sports teams for women include basketball, bowling, cross country, softball, tennis, track and volleyball. The athletic program competes in NCAA Division I.
School colors are old gold and reflex blue, and their mascot is an eagle.
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