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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your minds and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer in different areas. Choosing an institution because you live in that state or is close to home is not for growth and spreading your people base (network). When you go to a state school, the majority of these people come from the that state or even from your same school district. When you leave the state or region you are in different pool of people and learn different things and meet people from different parts of the country and even different parts of the world. Public versus a Private Institution is another consideration. Public or State Schools (financed by the state) are much cheaper than Private Schools. Even the out of state tuition at Public Schools are cheaper than most Private Schools. Private schools have their benefits too. These institutions have a very close connection to their students. These institution have a strong alumni base. They have close ties to other universities for graduate and professional schools once your student graduates from one of these institutions. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. Private institutions also have different pool of people than state schools. They each have their advantages. No matter what you decide, we are telling you, go to college.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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Hampton University

Hampton University history starts really before money and a location was physically decided. Hampton is an idea, a concept that former slaves wanting more than acceptance into main stream society, but elevation of its own people. At the start of the Civil War in 1861, Major General Benjamin Butler decreed that any escaping slave that reach union lines would not be returned and would be considered contraband of war. This decree reached far around the area and the union lines became overwhelmed with escaping slaves that General Butler had to make another camp about three miles from his forces. This area is where Hampton University resides today.

Mary Peake, a free black women was asked to teach the newly free men and women of the camp. This was against Virginia State law, to teach blacks regardless if they were slaves or free men. Mary Peake held her first class September 17, 1861 under an oak that is known today as the Emancipation Oak. The Emancipation Oak is where the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation was read in the South.

In 1863 General Butler founded the Butler School for Negro Children. They were taught the basics to read, write, arithmetic, geography, grammar and housekeeping chores. Brigadier General Samuel Armstrong was the superintendent of the Freedmen Bureau of the Ninth District of Virginia. He procured funding to open a school beside Butler's school. The funds came from the American Missionary Association to establish the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute on April 1, 1968, founded on the grounds called Little Scotland.

Hampton University was legally charted in 1870, as the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute as a Land Grant School. It's first years was funded by the American Missionary Association and its first principal was Brigadier General Samuel Armstrong. Hampton had a great impact in that region within 20 years of its existence. By 1887, Hampton had over 600 graduates and about 450 of these were teachers. It was estimated that these teachers had taught over 15,000 students in Virginia schools up to that time. One of Hampton Beloved sons also became a teacher and Principal by the urging of Samuel Armstrong. In 1881, Booker T. Washington became the first Principal, leader and figure head of Tuskegee Institute. Taking with him the spirit and concepts of Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute with him. April 18, 1878 Hampton admitted 70 Native Americans men and women. This program ended in 1923. In 1922, Hampton expanded its curriculum and raised its admission standards and started a four year bachelors program. In 1926, Hampton awarded its first bachelors degrees and started its graduate programs. In 1930, Hampton changed its name to Hampton Institute. In 1932, Hampton was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Hampton continues to grow and now have students from around the world. In 1984, the now famous Hampton Institute took another step and changed it's name to Hampton University. This beautiful campus is settled near the mouth of the Hampton River, Mill Creek and near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This is a place where history and the present meet to create dynamic futures for those who decide to grace their presence in the hollow of legends. This is a must see university.

Academia:                                                                                                                       Athletics:
School of Business                                                                                       Men Sports                        Women Sports
School of Engineering & Technology                                                           Basketball                           Basketball
Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications                       Cross Country                     Cross Country
School of Nursing                                                                                       Tennis                                 Tennis
School of Science                                                                                        Track and Field                   Track and Field
School of Education and Human Development                                            Golf                                     Golf
School of Liberal Arts                                                                                 Football                               Volleyball
School of Pharmacy                                                                                                                                Softball
Graduate College                                                                                                                                    Bowling

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Hampton University
100 E Queen St
Hampton, VA 23668
(757) 727-5000

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Office of Admission
Hampton University
1st Floor, Whipple Barn
Hampton, VA 23668



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