Hampton University, Founded in 1868 by the American Missionary Association, is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Hampton’s beginnings trace back to Mary Peake, a free black woman who taught refugees of slavery at what would later become the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. Hampton has since formalized and grown to become a leading progressive institution of higher education.
Hampton students are challenged and inspired to meet their full potential every day. Hampton’s rigorous curriculum has a strong liberal arts core with special emphases on scientific inquiry and professional pursuits. At Hampton, students will discover the power of academic inquiry, professional development, groundbreaking research, and life-changing leadership opportunities.
Get to know Hampton University
All freshmen begin their college careers with University 101: The Individual and Life. This single-semester course ensures that the first-year experience is enhanced with a shared, class-wide introduction to meaningful academic inquiry. Throughout the course, students begin to understand the value of a Hampton education while contextualizing their education within the greater context of society. Key takeaways also include healthy study habits and coping skills for a successful college life, combining all the best aspects a freshman seminar can offer.
Undergraduate research is an essential component in the School of Science. Chemistry students are immersed in a comprehensive undergraduate research program that introduces essential research skills and, during the summer, students can assist professors in on-campus research. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research abroad. In the past, for example, students have engaged in research in Tanzania, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Key features of the undergraduate research program include assigned mentors, on- and off-campus research, and academic credit. As a result, students learn how to conduct independent scientific work, prepare scientific reports, and present their findings in an effective, professional way.
Hampton students are encouraged to take their passion for learning to different countries and cultures. Whether through a spring break trip to Jamaica or Liberia with faculty or a service initiative in Panama, the International Office launches students into incredible opportunities all around the world.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 95%
White, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 0%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
Hampton’s general education program is founded on the notion that a common body of knowledge can connect all of the human experience. Equipped with this idea, the core curriculum pushes students to acquire, organize, evaluate, and communicate knowledge. Courses across disciplines emphasize critical thinking, ethics, international diversity, information and technology literacy, and both written and oral communication.
FREDDYE T. DAVY HONORS COLLEGE
The Freddye T. Davy Honors College invites bright, ambitious, and driven students to rise to a new challenge. It enhances the already excellent Hampton University experience through the development of intellectual and ethical leadership skills as well as a commitment to a rigorous, in-depth learning process. Courses offered through the Honors College blend interdisciplinary components to delve further into the unique ways that different perspectives can lead to profound conclusions.
SUCCESSFUL STUDENT SEMINAR SERIES
Offered each semester, the Successful Student Seminar Series addresses writing skills, time management, mathematics skills, and test taking skills. Students who are yet undecided in a major are especially encouraged to participate in these seminars, as they give them the chance to apply these skills to all kinds of topics and disciplines.
MINOR IN LEADERSHIP STUDIES
The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute (WRHLI) is an undergraduate program that enhances the regular university experience through an intensive, interactive curriculum comprised of 18 credit hours and a 400-hour service-learning internship. Upon completion, students graduate with a minor in Leadership Studies. Hampton University’s President, Dr. William R. Harvey, envisioned a program that would emphasize “integrity, honesty, respect for others, decency, dignity, and responsibility.”
Nestled along the banks of Hampton, Virginia, Hampton University boasts a campus as scenic as it is historical. Beyond the coastal charms of Hampton, students can explore Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Williamsburg.
Cheer on the NCAA Division I Hampton University Pirates as they take on teams from across the country in basketball, football, tennis, track & field, golf, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, and sailing. Hampton also offers intramural teams for those seeking the thrill of team sports without the national competition.
CAREER COUNSELING AND PLANNING
At Hampton, students take charge of their future. The Career Counseling and Planning Center provides the tools and resources to make that future a reality. Students receive career planning information, assistance with choosing a major, career assessments, and more. Individual appointments can be made to further assist with job and internship searches. The Career Counseling and Planning Center also hosts two annual career fairs and alumni events.
SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
The Career Center is constantly hosting events to ensure that students know all of the small (yet crucial) details that factor into landing a job. In partnership with corporations in the area, the Center organizes workshops to teach business etiquette, conflict resolution, core competencies for the workplace, and even making an introduction.
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Tuition & Cost
Hampton University is committed to making its life-changing education as accessible and affordable as possible. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers guidance and clarity to families who are considering some form of financial assistance, whether that be a student loan or a scholarship.