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Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia, United States
Rich in history, steeped in tradition, Hampton University is a dynamic, progressive institution of higher education, providing a broad range of technical, liberal arts, and graduate degree programs. While our roots reach deep into the history of this nation and the African-American experience, our sights – like yours – are set squarely on the horizons of the global community of the 21st century.



In order to provide the masses of refugees some kind of education, Mary Peake, a free Negro, held her first class, which consisted of about twenty students, on September 17, 1861 under a simple oak tree. This tree would later be known as the Emancipation Oak. Today, the Emancipation Oak still stands on the Hampton University campus as a lasting symbol of the promise of education for all.


An exciting array of opportunities awaits you at HU to learn, lead, serve, enjoy, and grow. At Hampton University, we take pride in helping each student find his or her niche for becoming involved and getting the most out of college. Whether you are interested in the arts, athletics, community service, leadership, or student government, you will find activities and organizations to join others who share your interest. Becoming involved beyond the classroom expands your horizons and makes learning come alive! Here at Hampton our motto is "Education for Life".


Hampton University is the epicenter of unrivaled health, physics, and engineering research. As such it is only fitting that its campus be home to numerous research centers and institutes like:

  • Aeropropulsion Center
  • Behavior Sciences Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Medical Instrumentation
  • Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS)
  • Center for Laser Science and Spectroscopy (CLASS)
  • Center for the Study of the Origin and Structure of Matter (COSM)
  • Cloud Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) Quid Pro Quo (QPQ) Validation
  • Data Conversion and Management Laboratory (DCML)
  • Eastern Seaboard Intermodal Transportation Applications Center
  • Hampton-Penn Center to Reduce Health Disparities


With exciting career opportunities and competitive salaries and benefits, Hampton University is a great place to work.Join the hundreds of faculty and staff in a historic institution with an eye toward the future. Hampton University is an EEO/AA Employer.

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Student services

The Student Center is the campus center of student activities. Its objective is to fulfill the cultural, educational and recreational needs of the students of Hampton University. The Student Center houses several venues. These venues include the following offices/areas:

  • Student Activities 
  • Dean of Men
  • Dean of Women
  • Student Government Offices 
  • Student Class Officers Offices
  • Freshmen Studies Office
  • The Script (University Newspaper)
  • Yearbook Office
  • Fitness Center 
  • Billiard Game Room 
  • Television Room
  • Student Center Theater
  • Grand Ballroom 
  • Bowling Alley 
  • Aerobics Room
  • Cyber Lounge 
  • Student Lounge
  • Meeting Room
  • Pirate Grill and Eateries
  • Pirate Cove
  • Pirate Place Shop

Housing services

With a stylish mix of 20 modern and historic residence halls, living on the Hampton University grounds is as comfortable as it is fulfilling. Whether you're overlooking the Hampton River or in the middle of campus, you'll find a wide variety of spacious fully-equipped rooms to choose from. Plus, when you're living on campus, you're already close to exciting university sporting and cultural events.

Hampton University provides a variety of services to assist students as they progress in their collegiate careers–from comprehensive academic support such as tutoring and study skills training; to conflict resolution and counseling services; to on-campus housing, financial aid, and career placement assistance.

Library services

There are currently six libraries under the Hampton University library structure, four of which are located on Hampton University's main campus.

  • The William R. and Norma B. Harvey library is the main academic library
  • The Harvey Library houses the Center for Information Technology (CIT)
  • William H. Moses Jr.
  • Architecture Library
  • Music Library
  • Nursing Library

ICT services

The Center for Information Technology (CIT) provides technology leadership and support to Hampton University. In its unique role, the CIT serves as the primary source of information technology services and support for students, faculty, staff, and researchers. The Center for Information Technology offices are located on the fifth floor of the William R. & Norma B. Harvey Library.

Medical services

The Health Center provides outpatient health care for Hampton University students. Health services are provided by a staff consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical laboratory technician and medical office personnel who are committed to maintaining a maximum level of wellness for each member of the University community.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus living at Hampton University features an attractive mix of historic and modern residence halls that are sure to match your style.

The comprehensive student-specific services are designed to help students meet the challenges of a rigorous university experience, enabling them to reach their fullest potential and to prepare for successful lives after they graduate.

Sports facilities

  • Armstrong Stadium – Football
  • Armstrong Stadium Football Office Complex – Football Coaches Office
  • Convocation Center - Basketball
  • Holland Hall - Volleyball
  • Neilson-Screen Stadium - Tennis
  • Woodlands Golf Course - Golf
  • Lady Pirates Softball Stadium – Softball Stadium
  • Holland Hall - New Football Locker-room

Student clubs

With over 110 student-run organizations at Hampton University, you'll be sure to learn new things, meet new people, and build a wealth of memorable experiences. And if they don't have the club you're looking for, grab a few friends and start it!


Hampton University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist and doctorate levels.The Commission requests that it be contacted only if there is sufficient evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Hampton, Virginia, United States

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