Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts under girding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality.

Hampton University Online (Hampton U Online) expands the reach of the University’s stellar undergraduate, graduate,Ā certificate, andĀ professional development programsĀ to serve the needs of a diverse community of learners who would otherwise be unable to access a high quality Hampton University education in any other manner. Hampton U Online combines top notch instruction with nurturing learner support services to ensure academic success and personal achievement.


A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. From its beginnings to the present, the institution has enrolled students from five continents ā€“ North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe ā€“ and many countries including Gabon, Kenya, Ghana, Japan, China, Armenia, Great Britain and Russia, as well as the Hawaiian and Caribbean Islands and numerous American Indian nations. Placing its students at the center of its planning, the University provides a holistic educational environment. Learning is facilitated by a range of educational offerings, a rigorous curriculum, excellent teaching, professional experiences, multiple leadership opportunities, and an emphasis on the development of character which values integrity, respect, decency, dignity, and responsibility.


The year was 1861. The American Civil War had shortly begun and the Union Army held control of Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. In May of that year, Union Major General Benjamin Butler decreed that any escaping slaves reaching Union lines would be considered “contraband of war” and would not be returned to bondage. This resulted in waves of enslaved people rushing to the fort in search of freedom. A camp to house the newly freed slaves was built several miles outside the protective walls of Fort Monroe. It was named “The Grand Contraband Camp” and functioned as the United States’ first self-contained African American community.

Mary PeakeIn order to provide the masses of refugees some kind of education, Mary Peake, a free Negro, was asked to teach, even though an 1831 Virginia law forbid the education of slaves, free blacks and mulattoes. She held her first class, which consisted of about twenty students, on September 17, 1861 under a simple oak tree. This tree would later be known as the Emancipation Oak and would become the site of the first Southern reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Today, the Emancipation Oak still stands on the Hampton University campus as a lasting symbol of the promise of education for all, even in the face of adversity.

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Institutional Accreditation

Hampton University is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masterā€™s, education specialist and doctorate levels.

For questions about the accreditation of Hampton University contact:

The Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur,Ā GeorgiaĀ 30033-4097

The Commission requests that it be contacted only if there is sufficient evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Program Accreditation

The Hampton University School of Business is accredited by theĀ International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

The Division of Education is accredited by theĀ National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Its programs are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

All students are prepared to pass all national and state professional entry and licensure tests. The Department of Education has been highly successful in placing students in various areas of education.

Students who graduate from the Department with teaching degrees are approved for teaching in 45 states without requiring extra certification courses.

The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); the undergraduate program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The School of Nursing is also an agency member of the National League for Nursing, the Nursing Council of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

All graduates of the baccalaureate nursing program are eligible for admission to take the national licensure examination to practice professional nursing. This examination is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. Graduates registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia may apply to any state for licensure by endorsement, or as certified advanced practice nurse.

State Reciprocity

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements – (NC-SARA)

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Hampton University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which allows online delivery of distance education to other member states. HU continues to monitor developments in the relevant laws in every state. If authorization or licensure is necessary or becomes necessary, Hampton University will obtain the necessary approvals.

Hampton University is currently exempt from authorization for online programs in the following states: Massachusetts and California.

State Contact Information Pursuant to the United States Department of Educationā€™s Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information of the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against post-secondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state.

Students are encouraged to use Hampton Universityā€™s internal Student Grievance Policy and Procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. A list of contacts within each state can be found at the US Department of Education.