Hampton Receives Top Classification from Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education

Historically Black Hampton University in Virginia has received the highest classification from the newest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education catalogue as “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity.”

“Hampton University continues to reach new heights in academic standards world-wide. We continue to uphold THE Standard of Excellence, which our founder Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong set forth so many years ago. We have the absolute best faculty,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.

In order to receive this prestigious classification, institutions must award at least 20 research/scholarship doctoral degrees or at least 30 professional practice doctoral degrees during the organization’s update year. Additionally, institutions must also have at least $5 million in total research expenditures through the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research & Development Survey.

“This recognition continues to set Hampton apart as a role model for other institutions, particularly HBCUs, because of where we began,” said Dr. JoAnn Haysbert, Hampton University Chancellor and Provost. “We started in 1868 as a school that was designed to offer education for those who were denied it and we’ve gone through various classifications. As an institution itself, we have evolved. We’ve gone from bachelor’s program offering to master’s program offering and around 2012 we set out to become a research, doctoral high intensive trained institution. We’re there now. It’s a goal that we’ve reached that is not attainable, nor the vision of many institutions our size and with our humble beginnings. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Harvey, it has been the trajectory for the institution and now to learn that we have acquired that status, we are head and shoulders above the rest.”


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  1. Kevin Wayne Johnson says:

    Superb! HU has demonstrated excellence during the 4 years that my son has been enrolled (2015-2019). He graduates in May 2019 and, s a parent, I have been kept informed by HU related to all aspects of my sons time there. I am not surprised to see HU earn this honor.

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