HU Earns Prestigious Recognition of Best Private College in Virginia by Coastal Virginia Magazine

Hampton, Va. (December 5, 2023) –Hampton University proudly announces its recent recognition as the Best Private College in Virginia by Coastal Virginia Magazine. This esteemed accolade reflects the university’s commitment to academic excellence, innovation, and its enduring impact on the local and global communities.

The university’s steadfast commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment, coupled with a focus on cutting-edge research and community engagement, has positioned it as a standout institution in the region.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Coastal Virginia Magazine,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students who contribute tirelessly to our institution’s success.

“Hampton University remains steadfast in its mission to empower and educate future leaders, while delivering the #1 student experience in America, and we are grateful to be acknowledged as the Best Private College in Virginia.”

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s recognition of Hampton University underscores the institution’s continuous pursuit of academic excellence, community service, and the holistic development of its students. The university takes pride in offering a transformative educational experience that prepares graduates to excel in their chosen fields and make meaningful contributions to society.

HU has entered a new chapter under the leadership of its 13th President, Darrell K. Williams, who took office in July 2022, in an historic transition. Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Williams was the first Black director of the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, and brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the university. His record, replete with awards such as the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit, speaks volumes of his leadership capabilities.

As Hampton University celebrates this prestigious honor, it looks forward to building on its legacy of excellence and contributing to the educational landscape in Virginia and beyond.


Hampton University is a dynamic institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service. Established in 1868, the university is dedicated to providing a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. With a commitment to diversity, innovation, and community engagement, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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