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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.

    Freshmen Applicants

    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.

    Transfer Applicants

    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.

    International Applicants

    Apart from submitting transcripts of high school education and SAT scores, international students must also submit TOEFL scores for English proficiency.

    Financial Aid

    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.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 1803rd for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Georgia.


    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.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    Althetic teams at the college are called the Maroon Tigers while the swimming team is known as the Tigersharks. Sports at the college include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • 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.


  • Martin Luther King Jr, civil rights activist
  • Samuel L. Jackson, actor
  • Herman Cain, CEO Godfather’s Pizza
  • Earl Hilliard, U.S. Congressman
  • Maynard Jackson, Alabama mayor
  • Bibliography

    • Morehouse College. Morehouse College. Web. May 28 2011.
    • Explore Atlanta. Explore Atlanta. Web. May 28 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 11th in Georgia and 431st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Georgia and 575th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 3 0.12
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.04
    Robbery 6 0.25
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 15 0.62
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.16
    Arrest 3 0.12

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 3,518 0.83
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 88 0.02
    Forcible Rape 148 0.03
    Robbery 2,343 0.55
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 7,499 1.76
    Larceny 17,274 4.06
    Vehicle theft 5,371 1.26

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30314
    Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
    Total Population27,181 (27,181 urban / N/A rural)
    Households9,385 (2.47 people per house)
    Median Household Income$19,438
    Families5,132 (3.25 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Baccalaureate Colleges — Arts & Sciences
    UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, no graduate coexistence
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringBachelor's degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1305

    Special Learning Opportunities

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

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 341st for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,380 $23,380 $23,380
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,088 $2,088 $2,088
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $974 $974 $974
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,345 $47,345 $47,345
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,468 $27,468 $27,468
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,468 $27,468 $27,468

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $23,792 $24,744 $23,792 $24,744 $23,792 $24,744
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $12,184 $12,672
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,625 $6,035
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$50
    Graduate Application FeeN/A
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 2,690 (2,690 male / N/A female)
    Admitted 1,798 (1,798 male / N/A female)
    Admission rate 67%
    First-time Enrollment 488 (488 male / N/A female)
    FT Enrollment 486 (486 male / N/A female)
    PT Enrollment 2 (2 male / N/A female)
    Total Enrollment2,170

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    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

    1007th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 52%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

    SAT Test Admission

    807th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 67%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 550
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1110

    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 Capacity1,580
    Meals per Week19
    Room Fee$7,510
    Board Fee$5,670

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1960th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $63,145 ($65,264 male / $56,912 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 156 (102 male / 54 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 202
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
    Total Benefits $3,257,000
    830 Westview Dr SW
    Atlanta, GA 30314
    p. 404-681-2800
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