About the FTDHC

About the FTDHC

Since its inception in 1986, the honors college at Hampton University (first known as the W.E.B. DuBois Honors College and subsequently renamed the Freddye T. Davy Honors College) has grown and earned the respect of the entire campus community.  Dr. Freddye Sue Turner Davy (1922-2012) set the bar exceptionally high, adhering in every way to the Hampton University “Standard of Excellence”.  Today’s director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College is Dr. Carlton Long, a Rhodes Scholar, lifelong educator, and native of Gary, Indiana.  Dr. Davy asked him years ago if he might one day lead the honors college.

Former Freddye T. Davy Honors College directors have been Dr. Sabin P. Duncan, Dr. Jarris L. Taylor and Dr. Rikesha L. Fry Brown.  Every director of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College, past and present, actually enjoyed some kind of meaningful and edifying connection with Dr. Davy.  She served them all as either instructor, mentor,  or colleague; moreover, she was to all of them, and to many others, a friend.  Dr. Davy, who was known, respected and, indeed, revered internationally, urged all persons involved in the honors college culture at Hampton University to “take the students from where they are now to where they would not go themselves.”  That powerful legacy has endured, as has the high expectation that by zealously upholding Hampton University’s Standard of Excellence, we are concurrently successful in delivering the #1 Student Experience in America.

The Great Legacy of Freddye T. Davy

Davy, after 34 years of service in the public schools in Arkansas, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, came to Hampton University in 1994.

Dr. Davy explains her philosophy of teaching in this manner: “I embrace taking a student from where he is to where he would not go himself. My primary job is to provide exposure and experience. I watch to see what students will get into, then all I have to do is guide them and let that take shape.”

Prior to her post at HU, Dr. Davy spent seven years at Benedict College in Columbia, SC and served as visiting lecturer at the University of Nigeria in 1993. Although the concept of Honors College was established at HU in 1986, it was under her leadership that the requirements and structure of the concept were put into action. The Honors College curriculum was developed, seminars were initiated, and rites and rituals for induction and graduation were instituted. An eternal optimist, she had no idea the concept presented in 1986 would blossom as it has into a full-fledged component of the University.

Dr. Davy, in addition to directing the Honors College program, is the founder and executive director of the National W. E. B. Du Bois Honor Society. Chartered March 1, 2001, the Du Bois Honor Society is a program for pre-college students that recognizes, encourages, and promotes scholastic achievement, leadership development, and active involvement in positive community activities that solidly promote life-long learning skills. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Philander Smith College, a Master’s from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Davy has earned an esteemed title of Endowed University Professor.

The teaching and learning approach at the Freddye T. Davy Honors College is characterized by a student-centered, hands-on pedagogy that emphasizes constructivist and metacognitive principles. Students are encouraged to engage deeply with their studies, think critically, and solve problems purposefully. Through voracious reading, creative thinking, thorough note-taking, incisive analysis, fearless sharing, and gracious interaction, students develop their academic voices. They participate actively in rigorous dialogue and communal sharing to foster serious academic inquiry.

Dr. Long encourages all members of the Freddye T. Davy Honors College to understand, embrace and apply the concept of GRACE.  The honor college’s acronym stands for:

G – Generosity of spirit 

R – Respect for all 

A – Acceptance of self and others; 
C – Congeniality and  

E – Empathy


Scholastic Performance and Curriculum

In the great tradition of Freddye T. Davy, today’s honors college at Hampton University widens horizons and cultivates purposeful scholars and leaders from every conceivable walk of life.  The Freddye T. Davy Honors College knows that we are a very special place within a very special place.  Hampton University is now and forever your great Home by the Sea. We are one wonderful room in that home.  You should join us!

Honors College students are encouraged to pursue an off-campus experience, i.e., study abroad, university exchange, internship/ co-op opportunities.

Students must have a Hampton University GPA of 3.2 in order to apply. Applications are usually submitted freshman year.

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