Georgia’s Morehouse College is a private college that is all-male and historically black college. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Morehouse is one of the three remaining traditional men’s colleges, along with Wabash College and Hampden-Sydney College, in the US.
There are approximately 3,000 students enrolled on the 61 acre campus. The college has an enviable ratio of 16 students per faculty. Also 100 percent of the college’s tenure track faculty has tertiary degrees. Along with Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University and the women’s college Spelman College, MC is part of the Atlanta University Center.
It is one of the only two black colleges in the United States to have produced Rhodes Scholars. The College is also the alma mater of many leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., actor Samuel Jackson, filmmaker Spike Lee, former Bank of America Chairman W. E. Massy, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses and the very first African-American mayor in Atlanta Mr. Maynard Jackson among many others.
Morehouse’s history started in 1867 when, just two years after the American Civil War, William Jefferson White founded the Augusta Institute. William Jefferson White, a cabinetmaker and an Atlanta Baptist minister, founded the Institute with the support of Rev. Richard C. Coulter, who was a former slave from Atlanta, and the Reverend Edmund Turney who was the organizer of the National Theological Institute.
The Augusta Institute was originally founded to educate African-American men in the fields of education and theology and it was located in the oldest independent black church in the US, the Springfield Baptist Church. The school had received sponsorships from the American Baptist Home Mission Society which was an organization that helped in the establishment of several black colleges.
The College is regarded as one of the best schools in the United States for educating African-American men. The most popular program in the college is Business. The college also emphasizes the value of volunteerism and leadership. The college has earned a chapter in the very prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its Liberal Arts program.
Morehouse College offers bachelor’s degree programs in education, physical and natural sciences, business and humanities. It also offers interdisciplinary majors, as well as study abroad programs in Europe, Africa and Central America. Morehouse’s joint engineering programs are in cooperation with the Boston and Auburn Universities, Georgia Institute of Technology, and several other institutions. The joint architectural program is in cooperation with the University of Michigan. Affiliated with MC are; the American Institute for Managing Diversity, the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs, and the Morehouse Research Institute.
Morehouse College also offers a number of student services which includes non-remedial tutoring, health service, health insurance and placement service. Furthermore, MC also offers services like campus safety and security that include 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, late night transport or escort service, lighted pathways and sidewalks, and controlled access to the dormitories.
With regard to athletics, Morehouse College is a member of the Southern Inter-collegiate Athletic Conference or SIAC and the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA, Division II. Varsity sports include basketball, football, baseball, cross country, tennis, and track and field.
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