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Hampton University, also referred to as HU, is a private, coeducational HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) university. It is located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was established on April 1, 1868, to teach blacks and mulattos how to read and write. It was legally chartered in 1870 and called Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. In 1930, it was renamed to Hampton Institute. In 1984, it was raised to University status and renamed to Hampton University. Today, the University grants admission to more than 4, 500 students every year.

Hampton University is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Education and Continuing Studies
  • Graduate College
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering and Technology
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Science
  • Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
The University's sports teams are called the HU Pirates. The official mascot is Pirates. HU sponsors football, basketball, track, and tennis.

Profile of Hampton University

Hampton, VA is home to Hampton. Hampton is a medium-sized city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Hampton go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students commonly pursue studies in science and media.

Hampton Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. The school attracts a lot of applicants every year, and can only accept about 49% of them . Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 465. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 472 and 578.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Hampton has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school has 5, 658 enrolled students . Hampton has a large minority student population.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Hampton offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Hampton values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Hampton Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management249business management, marketing, business administration, finance, accounting, sales and marketing, MIS, human resources management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine132registered nursing
Media116public relations, journalism courses, advertising, journalism, radio and television, broadcast journalism
Therapy and Counselling115psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts107political science, English language and literature, general studies, history, economics, speech and rhetoric
Science104biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, marine biology, physics
Medicine51pharmacy, health professions
Education and Teaching37school Counselling, physical education teaching, English teaching, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, music teaching, science teaching, educational admin and supervision, . . .
Computer Science and Engineering36computer science, information science, computer and info science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy36sports and fitness management, recreation and leisure studies
Medical Support and Technology25speech pathology, health diagnostic professions
Family and Social Work23social work
Music15music, music management, various music studies
Architecture and Planning14architecture
Mathematics12mathematics, applied mathematics
Art Studies10art studies
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Engineering4engineering, chemical engineering
Transportation4aviation tech, air traffic controller, aviation operations
Mechanics and Repair4avionics maintenance
Religion and Philosophy2religion
Security and Law Enforcement1fire protection, fire services administration
Law0legal assistant
Hospitality0resort management

Contact: Hampton

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668-0099

General Phone: (757) 727-5000


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