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Hampton University

Hampton, Virginia

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Hampton University overview
Location Hampton, Virginia
Online hamptonu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Hampton University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Hampton University, located in Hampton, Virginia, is a private historically black university that boasts a rich history rooted in education emancipated slaves during Reconstruction. Founded in 1868, it carries a legacy of promoting multicultural understanding and serves a diverse student body. The campus, overlooking the Hampton River, is noted for its iconic Emancipation Oak and features the Queen Anne HU Museum structure, recognized for its Romanesque Revival architecture. Academic life at Hampton is characterized by a broad range of undergraduate programs, with notable emphasis on STEM fields, business administration, and journalism and communications. The university maintains a selective admissions process, looking beyond test scores to holistically evaluate applicants. Residential life is prominent, with the majority of students living on campus across a selection of housing options. While Hampton participates in NCAA Division I athletics as part of the Big South Conference, it is uniquely distinguished for its leadership in academia rather than sporting prowess.

In the most recent statistical year 15,009 prospective students applied, and 11,177 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 867 enrolled in the school.  3,001 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 285 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $26,198 plus fees of $2,964. Hampton University is ranked 465 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Hampton University is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) primarily serving the African-American community.
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Hampton University is rated within the top 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 840/1220
ACT 17/27
GPA 3.3

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Mar 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Hampton University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$2,964
Room and Board $12,986
Budget for Other Expenses$2,800
Total One Year Cost$46,048

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Hampton University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Psychology 13%
Health Professions 10%
Communication 10%
Social Sciences 10%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=232265 IPEDS survey data for Hampton University.

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