Tuskegee University








Science and Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Biosciences and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  The academic programs are organized into five Colleges: (1) The College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences; (2) The College of Business and Information Science; (3) The College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences; (4) The College of Liberal Arts and Education; and (5) The College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.

Over the past 125 years since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University has become one of our nation’s most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African American community, it is open to all. Tuskegee’s mission has always been service to people, not education for its own sake. Stressing the need to educate the whole person, that is, the hand and the heart as well as the mind, Dr. Washington’s school was soon acclaimed-first by Alabama and then by the nation



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Tuskegee University was established in 1880 by act of the Alabama State Legislature. The schools first President, Dr. Booker T. Washington, officially opened the Normal School for Colored Teachers on July 4, 1881.  Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education. Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse. With a strong orientation toward disciplines which highlight the relationship between education and work force preparation in the sciences, professions and technical areas, Tuskegee University also emphasizes the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for successful careers in all areas. Accordingly, all academic majors stress the mastery of a required core of liberal arts courses.

The curricula currently offers 49 degrees including 35 Bachelor’s, 11 Master’s, a Doctor of Philosophy in Materials


nation for the soundness and vigor of its educational programs and principles. Tuskegee was upgraded from Institute to University status in 1985.

Tuskegee enrolls more than 3,000 students and employs approximately 900 faculty and support personnel. Physical facilities include more than 5,000 acres of forestry and a campus on which sit more than 100 major buildings and structures. Total land, forestry and facilities are valued in excess of $500 million.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.