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Hampton University, Hampton

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4.4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Hampton University is a private historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1868 by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War to provide education to freedmen. In 1878 it established a program for teaching Native Americans, which lasted until 1923.HistoryThe campus looking south across the harbor of Hampton Roads was founded on the grounds of "Little Scotland", a former plantation in Elizabeth City County not far from Fortress Monroe and the Grand Contraband Camp that gathered nearby. These facilities represented freedom to former slaves, who sought refuge with Union forces during the first year of the war.The American Missionary Association (AMA) responded in 1861 to the former slaves' need for education by hiring its first mulatto teacher, Mary Smith Peake, who had secretly been teaching slaves and free blacks in the area despite the state's prohibition in law. She first taught for the AMA on September 17, 1861 and was said to gather her pupils under a large oak. After the tree was the site in 1863 of the first reading in the former Confederate states of the Emancipation Proclamation, it was called the Emancipation Oak. The tree, now a symbol of the university and of the city, is part of the National Historic Landmark District at Hampton University.
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  • The museum on campus has a number of great treasures in its possession. It was nice to see some of Jacobs Lawrence's early work. 
  • A wonderful school of higher learning. We enjoy each time I visit the University. Friendly students and a beautiful campus. 
  • My daughter just started as a first year freshman. We have heard a lot of great things about the school. We are praying that my daughter has a successful academic year. 
  • I just want to say that if it is a bad school why go to it I mean if you dont like it please just go to them about it. It take more to know .They need to know what is the problem and fix it. Stand up for what you believe in and do something about it.
  • Their administration personnel are ill trained, they do everything on paper and if you ask 3 people the same question you get 4 different answers. Once you get past the glaze of their storied history the "Hampton runaround" will make you transfer.
  • My daughter will be a senior this is a great college and I love the area
  • I toured this institution a few years ago during my junior year of high school. I attended the Black College Tour, when I first saw the campus. The college is very picturesque with numerous majors, sports, and clubs to offer. The vibe from the students and staff is very welcoming and family-oriented. They have a lot of history behind them, by being the first place in the south to provide an education to african slaves as well as Native Americans under Emancipation Oak. Don't think because it's an HBC that only black people are allowed to attend this school. Hampton is very multicultural with a diverse student to staff body. Hence you may see the international circle in front of the Ogden Hall. They encourage you to stay motivated so you can study a major in your field and pursue your career. The dorms, land, river banks and peninsula area attracts outsiders and residents nearby. There are restaurants, park, and a bank on the campus. There is some convenience to this area. It's on the parkway, right across the bridge from the nearest mall and minutes from Norfolk/VA Beach. I strive to earn acceptance into a historical college such as this with a scholarship. It's motto is "The Standard of Excellence, an Education for Life" for a reason. They ode up to meeting the student's educational needs. Hampton will help anyone earn their degree so they can pursue a rewarding career. They also help you find off campus housing, and a job before and after you graduate! One thing I say they should tweak is their scholarship offers. They only offer traditional students financial aid. Many HBCUs accept transfer students along with continuing graduates, but won't offer them scholarships. Their tuition is very high. HU can make a project that will increase the funding to pay for the education, room and board, meals, labs, computers, matriculation fees etc. They could also improve on the communication as a school attempting to build their acceptance rate with their graduation rate. Overall, I love it! It's wonderful.
  • It's my alma mater... Not many clients like the place, because there is a certain level of excellence in customer service expected from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The general expectation is that one or each client of an HBCU will experience a (1) seemless systemic transition in the financing one's subscribed cost of attendance and the like and (2) an unparalleled level of customer care. Unfortunately, per my experience as a student and experiences as an alumnus, such reasonable expectation is typically unmet and sometimes within reason. If Humanities course are required of almost all degree programs, then all personnel should be exude humanity. Otherwise, enrollment will continue to decline and our distinction will be indistinguishable.
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