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2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
p. 410-951-3000
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Coppin State University

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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4594th for the average student loan amount.
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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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Student Graduation Demographics


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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Ranks 25th in Maryland and 1395th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maryland and 518th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 3 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.05
Arrest 3 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,891 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 196 0.03
Forcible Rape 341 0.05
Robbery 3,457 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,615 1.37
Larceny 17,010 2.71
Vehicle theft 4,199 0.67

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population36,242 (36,242 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,597 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,946
Families8,880 (3.22 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

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 District2407

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1650th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,970 $3,970 $8,904
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,282 $2,282 $2,282
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $170 $170 $496
FT Graduate Tuition $5,004 $5,004 $9,198
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,438 $1,438 $1,438
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $278 $278 $511
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,091 $19,091 $24,025
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,236 $17,236 $22,170
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,738 $10,738 $15,672

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,732 $6,065 $5,732 $6,065 $10,223 $10,856
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,549 $8,321
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,386(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,498(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,686(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,686(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,980 (1,973 male / 4,007 female)
Admitted 2,123 (708 male / 1,415 female)
Admission rate 36%
First-time Enrollment 446 (147 male / 299 female)
FT Enrollment 429 (141 male / 288 female)
PT Enrollment 17 (6 male / 11 female)
Total Enrollment3,383

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
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 Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

SAT Test Admission

1270th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 77%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 480
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 810 / 950

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 Capacity632
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,270
Board Fee$3,383

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1322nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,288 ($71,576 male / $64,362 female)
Number of FT Faculty 127 (62 male / 65 female)
Number of PT Faculty 274
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $4,785,483

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