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.