Hampton University

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Tyler Street

Hampton, VA 23668

Phone: (757) 727-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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Hampton University is a private institution that was founded in 1868. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,851, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 314 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $20,724 (2013-14).

Hampton University is a private, historically black institution near the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern edge of Virginia. Students at Hampton University can choose from nearly 70 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in more than 25 fields, including health and physics. On the Hampton University campus, with some exceptions for residence halls, students must follow a dress code that prohibits fashions such as baseball caps, do-rags, and low-rise pants that expose underwear.

The university, sometimes shortened to HU, offers many ways to get involved, including more than 100 student-run organizations and events such as theatrical performances, concerts, and recitals. Student athletes can get involved at the recreational level or try out for the Hampton University Pirates varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Notable Hampton University alumni include Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr.; Booker T. Washington, influential African-American educator and first head of Tuskegee University; and Wanda Sykes, Emmy Award-winning comedian.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Students at Hampton University say that Hampton is a school of rich tradition, family values, and excellent education. One of the top universities in the world, Hampton University is a comprehensive multicultural and historically black institution dedicated to the promotion of world-class learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students of all backgrounds for positions of leadership and service. Hampton offers ground-breaking scientific, professional, and research-oriented programs which force students to be at the top of their game. In addition, its strong liberal arts curriculum provides students with a panoramic view-a map of the universe.
Hampton is a standard of excellence in every aspect. Others say that Hampton students have a certain attitude and flare about themselves that you will not see on other campuses. He or she is poised, considerate, self-sufficient, driven, and a leader. Lastly, the historic campus where Booker T. Washington graduated, is unique and sits on the waterfront and provides a living and learning atmosphere like no other. Hampton University, our home by the sea, is a blend of past traditions with innovative twenty-first century teaching and research. Once you have been Hamptonized, there is no going back.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1868
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $232,550,762


When applying to Hampton University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 15. The application fee at Hampton University is $35. It has an an acceptance rate of 36.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 36.4%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hampton University is 10:1, and the school has 57.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hampton University include: Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Marketing/Marketing Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 41%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%

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Student Life

Hampton University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,851, with a gender distribution of 36.2 percent male students and 63.8 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Hampton University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,754
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Hampton University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Hampton University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hampton University, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Hampton University.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hampton University, 53.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,893.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $20,724 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,230 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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