Students Say

Virginia’s Hampton University is one of the world’s top historically black universities, offering students a progressive education in business, the sciences, and the liberal arts. This “school of tradition, family values, and excellent education” is well-known for its focus on STEM programs and its five-year MBA program, and proudly forces its students to be at the top of their game. “My school exudes and strives for a standard of excellence in any and every aspect,” says a junior political science major of the oft-quoted motto “The Standard of Excellence.”

Overview

Applicants
14,503
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
27%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
525 - 540
SAT Math
510 - 530
ACT Composite
18 - 23

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Virginia’s Hampton University is one of the world’s top historically black universities, offering students a progressive education in business, the sciences, and the liberal arts. This “school of tradition, family values, and excellent education” is well-known for its focus on STEM programs and its five-year MBA program, and proudly forces its students to be at the top of their game. “My school exudes and strives for a standard of excellence in any and every aspect,” says a junior political science major of the oft-quoted motto “The Standard of Excellence.”

Professors “are at the top of their field,” and the majority of the faculty members provide office hours “where students can have more one-to-one assistance” on lecture topics on which they may need more clarification. “My professors have not only been teachers in the classroom, but in my personal life as well,” says a student. “I have been taught how to use the communication and research skills that I have obtained outside of the classroom.” In addition, the university provides “a plethora of outside resources” such as paid internships, undergraduate research, and job shadowing opportunities.

The “historically rich” institution is “supportive of its legacy being upheld by all that pass through” while at the same time making individuals aware of their own legacies and “supporting them in their professional and academic endeavors through all available resources.” Alumni connections abound in such an environment, and there are plenty of “excellent career planning tools,” internships, and careers available to students “during and after their tenure at Hampton.” There is “an immense amount of clout and history behind Hampton University’s walls.” Though the campus is undoubtedly “beautiful“ (and sits right on the water), many agree that some of the facilities (especially the dorms) could use renovation. In recent years, three new dorms were constructed and historic halls were modernized.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
469
with Terminal Degree
289

393
Minority
298
Women
171
Men
29
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Booker T. Washington
Founder of Tuskegee Institute

Charles Phillips
President, Oracle Corporation

Vanessa D. Gilmore
Federal Judge, State of Texas

Wanda Sykes
Actress/Comedian

Frank Fountain
President, Daimler-Chrysler Corp.

Freeman H. Hrabowski,III
Pres., Univ. of Md., Baltimore County

Rick Mahorn
Professional Athlete, Radio/TV Personality

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,424

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$4,587

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,000

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$10,119

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
88%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$2,925

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$17,732
Required Fees
$2,006
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical student here is an African-American "go-getter" who is “trying to make something of themselves.” He or she is “poised, considerate, and self-sufficient” and “knows how to act and dress in the appropriate setting and time.” “Hampton students have a certain attitude about themselves, you can always tell a Hamptonian. Once you have been Hamptonized, there is no going back,” explains one student cryptically. This “driven,” “hardworking” crowd gets along fairly well, and there are no issues of isolation “unless one chooses that lifestyle.” Students are almost without fail “outgoing and involved in many organizations within the school and the community.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,851
Out of State
51%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
33

Demographics

1.05%
Asian
94.04%
African-American
3.76%
Caucasian
1.13%
International

64% female
36% male
51% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Hampton does an excellent job of “blending past traditions with modern times,” and Homecoming and Spring Fest are two important events for Hampton. On the “closed” campus, there is an “unlimited [number] of activities for students to participate in.” During Organization Week, the student center has a two hour “12–2” period, during which “students are able to be social during the day,” and many students love to “catch a Friday movie” night there as well, or hang out with friends in the new waterfront dining hall.

Hampton is small and “not a college town.” and since “the University is really the only thing around,” having a car is useful. Monday through Friday campus life is “mostly academic and extracurricular,” with students mostly focused on class and the various clubs that they may be involved in. On the weekends students attend on and off campus parties, or go to “ kickbacks,” which are “a more low key version of a party.” “Student life is lacking as far as dorm life,” so many students “often interact with the students from NSU, ODU, and William & Mary.” For the most part, “everyone on campus has the same mindset, a unanimous goal, and that’s to graduate and strive for a successful life.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
31%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
17%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
65

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Testing Services/504 Compliance

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jean S. Williamson

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Medical documentation of the disability by a licensed practitioner. Documentation can be no older than three years.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Medical documentation of the disability by a licensed practitioner. Documentation can be no older than 3 years.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
85
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
3

5% join a fraternity
4% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Pirates)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Sailing
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Pirates)
10 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Golf
Sailing
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
120

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melinda N. Gainer
Asst. Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Coordinator of Special Events and Campus Visitation
Hampton, VA 23668

Phone
757-727-5328

Email
melinda.gainer@hamptonu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Emancipation Oak
Memorial Chapel
Huntington Memorial Museum
Booker T. Washington Monument
Student Center: bowling, fitness and movie

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Buckroe Beach
Hampton Harbors Shoppes
Hampton Visitor's Center
Virginia Beach
Williamsburg/Jamestown Historic District

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 9:30,11:30,1:30,3:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Prior to all campus tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis and buses Norfolk International Airport Newport News/Williamsburg Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Northeast (Boston/NY) Travel I-95 South to Richmond, VA;exit at I-295 South Beltway to I-64 East. I-64 East to Exit 267. From the South, travel I-95 North to South Hill, VA; exit to US-58 East. Travel to Suffolk, exit at I-664 NOrth. Travel to I-64 East,exit 267

Local Accommodations
Radisson Hotel (Settlers Landing Road) 757-727-9700 Courtyard by Marriott 757-838-3300 Embassy Suites 757-827-8200
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Key Stats

14,503
Applicants
3,851
Size
36%
Acceptance Rate
1050
SAT Scores

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