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Hampton University is located on the east coast in Hampton, Virginia. Established in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, by Union General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, Hampton has a rich history. One of the most notable early students at the university was Booker T. Washington, a member of the class of 1875. He went on to found the famous Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1881 based on the same principles learned at Hampton.

Hampton is one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world. The university’s students represent nearly all 50 states, and dozens of territories and nations. With an enrollment of approximately 5000 students, the university boasts a low student to faculty ratio.


Hampton’s academic programs are divided into six schools: Nursing, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Science, Business, Engineering and Technology, and the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

Hampton offers students 68 undergraduate programs, 27 master’s degree programs, 2 specialist in education degrees and 6 doctoral degree programs in pharmacy, physics, physical therapy, and nursing. In 1976, the university became the first historically black college or university to initiate a master’s program. Hampton also offers continuing education and college extension programs via the College of Education Studies and College of Virginia Beach.

The wide variety of academic programs available at Hampton creates endless opportunities for students. Hampton is accredited at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree levels by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Applications for admission into Hampton’s undergraduate programs can be initiated by paper application or online. All applications require prospective students to submit an application fee along with their standardized test scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and an essay covering one of three different topics.

Graduate admissions requires a completed application, an application fee, official transcripts, program-specific official test scores (e.g. GMAT, MCAT, DAT or PRAXIS), two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Additionally, those who are not native English language speakers are required to submit official test scores for the TOEFL. Graduate applications are accepted throughout the year on a semester basis.

Financial Aid

Hampton understands that meeting the costs of higher education can present a burden to some students and their families. The Office of Financial Aid is available to help students determine the various financial aid options for which they may qualify.

These options include merit- and need-based scholarships, state and federal grants, and different types of educational loans. It is important to note that students must apply for financial aid every year, starting in January. The university urges all students to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to ensure priority processing. To continue receiving financial aid, satisfactory academic progress must be maintained by the student.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1988th for the average student loan amount.
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The Hampton campus is conveniently located on 314 acres between the Hampton Roads Beltway on the east and the Hampton River to the west. The university has 20 residence facilities for students, including a combination of both modern and historic residence halls. On the south end of campus are the James, Pierce, and Harkness residence halls; to the north are the Thurgood Marshall and Winona residence halls.

The residences are separated into men’s and women’s facilities, and several halls are reserved for incoming freshmen students only. The center of the campus houses the majority of the academic departments, along with Armstrong Field and the Hampton National Cemetery. A 15-acre section of campus has been designated a Historic Landmark District. The buildings which make up the district are the Academic Hall, Virginia Cleveland Hall, The Wigwam Building, Marquand Memorial Chapel, and the President’s Mansion House.

There is a club or student organization available to meet just about any interest at Hampton, as the university supports over one hundred student-run organizations on campus. This includes everything from social Greek letter organizations such as the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the Zeta Phi Beta sorority to honor societies and other organizations with a specific philanthropic, academic, or career-based focus. Both the Army and Navy ROTC are also represented on campus.

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The NCAA Division I Hampton Pirates compete in the highly competitive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Over the years, Hampton has won the MEAC title in several sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, track and field, and tennis. In 2001, the Hampton Pirates men’s basketball team won an impressive upset over Iowa State, becoming only the fourth 15th-seeded team to defeat a 2nd-seeded team in NCAA tournament history. In addition to intercollegiate sports, students at Hampton are able to participate in intramural and club sports, fitness classes, and wellness programs.

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Hampton’ motto is “The Standard of Excellence, An Education for Life.” In support of that motto, students at Hampton are held to very high standards of conduct. The university has a defined dress code that is based on the theory that learning to use socially acceptable manners and selecting attire appropriate to specific occasions and activities are critical factors in the total educational process. Students who do not adhere to the dress code can expect to be denied entrance to classrooms, cafeterias, programs, and events.

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Ranks 21st in Virginia and 555th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Virginia and 465th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 38 0.73
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 14 0.27

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 167 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 9 0.01
Forcible Rape 19 0.01
Robbery 155 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 820 0.59
Larceny 4,180 3.01
Vehicle theft 273 0.20

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium 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 District5103

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1037th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,618 $18,618 $18,618
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,106 $2,106 $2,106
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $472 $472 $472
FT Graduate Tuition $9,309 $9,309 $9,309
FT Graduate Required Fees $35 $35 $35
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $472 $472 $472
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,854 $33,854 $33,854
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,724 $35,724 $35,724
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,292 $25,292 $25,292

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $26,402 $26,402
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $4,044 $4,044

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $18,798 $19,738 $18,798 $19,738 $18,798 $19,738
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,370 $8,790
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,012 $9,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,400(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,468(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 15,337 (4,908 male / 10,429 female)
Admitted 5,529 (1,769 male / 3,760 female)
Admission rate 36%
First-time Enrollment 1,004 (321 male / 683 female)
FT Enrollment 996 (317 male / 679 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (4 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment4,622

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 tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1016th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 42%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

887th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 55%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1090

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 Capacity2,900
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,800
Board Fee$4,430

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 969th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $75,295 ($79,222 male / $55,172 female)
Number of FT Faculty 291 (143 male / 148 female)
Number of PT Faculty 332
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $4,187,665

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