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Hampton University Institutional Profile

The University is organized into four colleges:  Hampton Institute, which is the Undergraduate College; the Graduate College; the College of Education and Continuing Studies; and the College of Virginia Beach.  The Undergraduate College has seven schools:  Business, Engineering & Technology, Journalism and Communications, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Pharmacy and Science.  Within the Undergraduate College and College of Education and Continuing Studies, the bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science) is offered in 52 areas.  The Graduate College offers the master’s degree (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration and Masters in Teaching) in 17 areas among which are biology, chemistry, applied mathematics, planetary sciences, communicative sciences and disorders, nursing, architecture, atmospheric sciences, counseling, computer science, business administration, physics, elementary education, special education, teaching and medical science.  In addition, the Graduate College offers the doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in atmospheric sciences, nursing, physics, and planetary sciences and the PharmD degree in pharmacy.  The University’s newest college is located at a satellite campus in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  The College of Virginia Beach offers programs in nursing, hotel/resort management, and an Educational Leadership Program.

Hampton University’s libraries include the William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library (main) and satellite libraries in the School of Nursing, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Music, and the College of Virginia Beach.  The William R. and Norma B. Harvey Library was dedicated and opened officially on January 26, 1992.  The facility’s collection includes over 450,000 books and bound periodicals, and more than 725,000 microfilms. The library regularly receives 1,000 current periodicals and subscribes to 29 newspapers.  The library has access to 12,000 journals, magazines and newspapers through its electronic database collections, which is also able to access the full text of 40,000 books and monographs. The library is a selective Federal Government Depository collecting 22% of the publications made available from federal agencies and the Government Printing Office.  To serve the needs of its patrons, the Harvey Library has four computer labs and an electronic classroom.

The University owns approximately 285 acres, most of which is located in Hampton, Virginia.  The main campus, surrounded on three sides by water, comprises some 50 main buildings and 75 auxiliary structures.  

The University employs approximately 1,200 full-time persons including faculty, staff and administrative personnel.  None of these employees is represented by any collective bargaining organization.  The University employs approximately 400 faculty members of whom nearly 30% are tenured.  Approximately 78% of the full-time faculty holds terminal degrees in their respective areas of specialty.  The undergraduate student/faculty ratio is approximately 16 to 1.

The University is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher education with accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia to award degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.  The University holds membership in the Council of Graduate Schools, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, and the American Council on Education.  Its programs in architecture, business, chemistry, communicative sciences and disorders, computer science, chemical and electrical engineering, music, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and teacher education are accredited by their respective accrediting agencies.  The programs in nursing, pharmacy and physical therapy have obtained approval to confer the doctoral degree from the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia, and each has achieved accreditation from their respective accrediting agencies.  The architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.    The chemical and electrical engineering programs are approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology.  The chemistry program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders is accredited at the graduate level by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Sciences Accreditation Commission of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.  The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.   The undergraduate program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.  The doctoral program is approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Nursing is also an agency member of the National League for Nursing, the Nursing Council of the Southern Regional Education Board, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.  The School of Pharmacy is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education and the physical therapy program by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.