Hampton University, a dynamic, progressive institution of higher education, is a privately endowed, non-profit, non-sectarian, co-educational, historically black university. It is located in southeastern Virginia and boasts one of the loveliest campuses in the nation, with a picturesque waterfront and historic buildings and landmarks.
Through global scientific collaborations, cutting-edge research projects and increased technological enhancements on the campus, Hampton University has emerged as a leading research institution of higher education. The growth of Hampton University's academic reputation has brought unprecedented opportunities for university scientists to collaborate on world-wide research projects, including launching satellites, helping to detect breast cancer, developing a fiber-optic nerve system for artificial limbs, probing the earth's atmosphere and learning about the basic formation of the universe. Few other universities of our size can offer comparable research facilities, research partnerships and student and faculty-initiated research projects.
Founded in 1867 as the Centenary Biblical Institute by the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the institution’s original mission was to train young men for the ministry. It subsequently broadened its mission to educate both men and women as teachers. It was renamed Morgan College in 1890 in honor of the Reverend Lyttleton Morgan, the first chairman of its Board of Trustees, who donated land to the college.
The campuses in the state college system became part of the University of Maryland System. Morgan and St. Mary’s College of Maryland were the only public baccalaureate granting institutions authorized to have their own governing boards. The 1988 legislation also strengthened Morgan’s authority to offer advanced programs and designated the campus as Maryland’s Public Urban University.