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Tuskegee University

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July 4th is an important date for Tuskegee University – it is not only Independence Day but also the anniversary in which this pioneering historically black university was established. Two names will forever be mentioned when the story of Tuskegee is told – Booker T. Washington and Lewis Adams.

Washington founded the institution on the historic day in 1881 and named it Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. He became president and served in that capacity till his death at the age of 59 in 1915. The development of the institute is credited to Dr. Washington’s great fundraising and mobilizing ability as he started the institution with hardly any money.

Initial funding for the establishment of the institution was provided by the ingenuity of Lewis Adams. He was a member of the Republican Negro Congress who suggested to a white Democrat who was seeking re-election in Alabama that one sure way of securing the Black vote was by establishing a school for them. When the Democrat, Wilbur F. Foster, won re-election, he delivered on his promise and the school was established with an annual allocation of $2,000 to pay teachers.

The school started with a class of 30 adult learners in a room donated by a local church, but under Washington’s visionary leadership, it soon purchased 100 acres of an abandoned plantation and this is the central part of the university today.


The university has six schools and colleges offering a wide range of programs. The most distinct college and the one that embodies the long history of the university is the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences (CAENS). The development of the college is credited to George Washington Carver who became the head of the agriculture department in 1896. Under his guidance, the college developed groundbreaking advances that aided the farmers of Alabama: he is the one who taught the rural farmers of Alabama the value of crop rotation.

Toady, CAENS has over seven departments, the leading one of which is the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Department. The department offers graduate and undergraduate courses in three areas – Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Services, Environmental, Natural Resource and Plant Sciences and Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Students studying for a degree in any of the three areas have several options. Those enrolled in the Environmental, Natural Resource and Plant Sciences division, for example, have six options and could take courses in diverse areas including Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Horticulture, Forest Resources and Business.

Students seeking a degree in business and IT can enroll into the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science (CBIS). Located in the four-storied Andrew Brimmer Hall, CBIS has four departments – Computer Science, Economics and Finance, Management and Sales and Marketing. The Computer Science department, for example, offers various courses for undergraduate students. Courses include Introduction to Computer Concepts and Application, Basic Programming, Visual Basic and Computer Organization and Assembly Language.

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) offers courses in aerospace science engineering, chemical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering and, since 1998, has been running a doctoral program in materials science and engineering.

Other colleges and schools include the College of Liberal Arts and Education (CLAE), the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health (CVMNAH) and the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction.

Students who are unable to access Tuskegee’s traditional education programs (adults and busy professionals, for example), could benefit from a wide variety of short courses under the university’s Continuing Education program. The university offers certificate courses in diverse areas such as language and public speaking, leadership courses, computer certification programs, sports & fitness and a host of investment courses.

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Students intending to pursue further studies must send their applications for admission by March 1st which is the university’s priority deadline for fall admissions. The deadlines for the spring and summer admissions are October 30th and April 30th respectively. The university reviews applications throughout the year and a student can apply at any time.

The university’s various schools and colleges have varying requirements for new students but, in general, a prospective student must meet two minimum admission requirements – a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and 21 composite ACT score or a composite SAT score of 1000 in critical reading and math.

The university’s faculty analyzes the ACT/SAT scores and grade point averages of prospective students. International students are required to complete an International Student Application and to present their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores – to be successful, the student must obtain a minimum score of 500 for the paper-based test or a score of 173 for the computer-based test. In addition, international students must present translated transcripts and provide an affidavit of support.

The university charges a modest non-refundable application fee for local applicants and a slightly higher application fee for international applicants, which is also non-refundable.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is managed by the university’s Office of Financial Services. Aid is available for needy students who, however, have to meet some eligibility requirements. To be eligible, the student must be a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident of the U.S. or an eligible non-citizen. To be considered, an applicant must not be in default of any student loans or owe a refund on federal Pell grants or supplementary educational opportunity grants. In addition, the student must first obtain admission into the university before making an application.

For a student to qualify for and continue benefiting from financial aid, it is required that the student makes satisfactory academic progress. To this end, the student must maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.0. In addition, full-time students are required to pass at least 15 hours each semester and, at the end of four semesters, the student must have earned a minimum of 60 cumulative hours.

Grants are the most popular type of financial aid available for students because recipients do not have to repay. Students who are residents of Alabama could apply for Alabama Student Grants. Amounts given vary depending on the student’s financial need and the maximum amount a student can obtain each academic year is $2,500.

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to needy undergraduates and amounts given are sometimes in excess of $5,000 per academic year. Level of need and amount given is determined by FAFSA. Other federal grants include the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG).

Undergraduate students who are in their 3rd or 4th year and pursuing a degree in math and other science subjects could apply for the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant) which gives $4,000.

Financial aid is also available in the form of low-interest federal student loans. These include the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Direct Plus Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Tuskegee University also offers work opportunities for undergraduates who qualify for the Federal Work-Study Program. Qualifying students are given work on the university’s campus and can only work for a maximum of 12 hours per week.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4422nd for the average student loan amount.
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The Golden Tigers have 12 athletic teams competing in a variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, tennis, volleyball and track and field. The university’s teams compete in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) which has 12 other college and university teams. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Conference (NCAA), SIAC sponsors six women’s championships and seven men’s championships.

Football matches are played at the university’s Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium which has a sitting capacity of 10,000. The university’s men’s basketball team has been one of the teams to watch and it won the 2010 SIAC tournament.

The university’s track and field team is not only one of the most feared in the SIAC conference but has also been very successfully nationally. In 2010, for example, the team won 25 national collegiate championships.

In addition to joining one of the twelve athletic teams available, a student could also join the university’s vibrant cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are extremely energetic and are expected to urge-on the home team during its football and basketball games.


Some graduates have gone on to make a name for themselves and to develop highly successful careers. Some distinguished alumni include multiple Grammy Award singer and songwriter, Lionel Richie, who launched his singing career at the university.

America’s first black four-star general, Daniel “Chappie” James is also a graduate as is former president of California State University, Dr. Marvalene Hughes. The creator of America’s first cooperative extension program, Thomas Monroe Campbell also studied here as did Dr. Vera King Farris, the first African American president of a New Jersey Public College.


Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Information Summary

Ranks 10th in Alabama and 710th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery 4 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 24 0.76
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 8 0.25
Arrest 14 0.44

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tuskegee, AL 36088-1920
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population5,610 (5,610 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,687 (2.23 people per house)
Median Household Income$19,651
Families909 (2.95 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1114th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,100 $18,100 $18,100
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $800 $800 $800
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $750 $750 $750
FT Graduate Tuition $18,100 $18,100 $18,100
FT Graduate Required Fees $800 $800 $800
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,095 $1,095 $1,095
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $32,853 $32,853 $32,853
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,853 $32,853 $32,853
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $24,403 $24,403 $24,403

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $18,135 $18,135
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $800 $800

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,870 $18,900 $17,870 $18,900 $17,870 $18,900
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,282 $1,385
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,950 $8,450
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,703 $4,118
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,400 $7,992
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,458 $4,816
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,906 N/A

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,022 (3,631 male / 6,391 female)
Admitted 3,519 (1,237 male / 2,282 female)
Admission rate 35%
First-time Enrollment 650 (284 male / 366 female)
FT Enrollment 649 (284 male / 365 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (N/A male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment3,118

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

1206th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 75%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1139th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 43%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 800 / 1030

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,375
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2221st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,645 ($55,778 male / $58,756 female)
Number of FT Faculty 263 (158 male / 105 female)
Number of PT Faculty 270
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $3,615,575

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