Hampton University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Hampton University

Established in 1868, Hampton University is a private, not-for-profit institution located near Chesapeake Bay on the Virginia Peninsula. The school started as a small farm, but it now consists of 118 buildings across 314 acres.

With roots in African-American history, Hampton University ranked fourth on U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges list of historically black colleges and universities in 2012. Martin Luther King's mother, Alberta Williams King, graduated from this school, as did Booker T. Washington.


Seven schools and three colleges make up Hampton University, and the School of Liberal Arts is the largest with more than 1,000 undergraduate students. At the undergraduate level, students can choose from 68 degree programs. Graduate students have 27 master's and six doctoral degree programs to consider, as well as two educational specialist degree options. The school staffs nearly 500 faculty members, and 79% of them have terminal degrees. Hampton University hosts more than 110 student organizations, an on-campus health clinic and police department, and the 54-computer Academic Technology Mall for students.

Students interested in web-based education can consider Hampton University Online, which administers distance-learning programs at the certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Some potential fields of study include business management, aviation management, paralegal studies, and nursing.


Early-action students who apply to the school by November 1 are notified by the end of the year. Processing for applications received after November 1 will start in January, and all applications for the following fall semester must be submitted by March 1. Every undergraduate applicant is required to submit SAT or ACT scores, an essay, and three letters of recommendation. During high school, students need to complete a certain number of laboratory science, social study, math, English, and elective units. Some programs, such as the 5-year Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration program, have separate or additional admissions requirements.

Nearly 11,000 students applied in Fall 2011, and 37% were admitted. Approximately 63% of the student population is female, and 91% of the enrollees are African American. The next largest racial groups are white (more than 5%) and Asian (roughly 1%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

In the 2011-2012 school year, the base annual tuition rate was $17,732. Undergraduate students also need to pay comprehensive fees totaling $2,006. Additional charges for room ($4,572) and board ($4,218) can increase the price of attendance. On top of tuition and living expenses, students have to consider the cost of transportation, school supplies, and books. Graduate tuition varies depending on the number of hours in a student's semester load, and a comprehensive fee is charged each semester.

First-time freshmen attending Hampton University full-time have scholarship options available to them. Depending on their SAT or ACT scores, they may qualify for Trustee, Presidential, Hampton Scholars, and Merit scholarships. Graduate students may qualify for assistantships or fellowships. The school's net price calculator, provided on the financial aid homepage, can help students determine their estimated tuition and financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorates*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body More than 4,000 undergraduates and less than 1,000 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 20 residence halls available, four of which are freshman facilities**
Schools and Programs Ten schools and colleges; approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (106) & Business Administration and Management (103)
Master's: Architecture (30)
Doctorate: Pharmacy (50)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 38% in four years
54% in six years
52% in eight years*
Admission Rate 37% in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 74% (full-time students)
95% (part-time students)*
Average SAT Score of Entering Students 1054**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Rolling admissions; early applications accepted by Nov.1, all others must be submitted by Mar. 1 for fall semester**
Decision Notification Date 3-4 weeks for standard applicants; early-action students receive decisions the fourth week of December**
Tuition $17,732 per year (base rate for undergraduates in 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (43%), state and local grants (17%), institutional grants or scholarship (28%), federal student loans (74%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% in 2010*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics; **Hampton University

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Hampton University, 1st Floor, Whipple Barn, Hampton, VA 23668
  • Phone: (800) 624-3328
  • Website:

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