Hampton University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Hampton University

Hampton University is a private HBCU situated on a waterfront campus in Hampton, Virginia. It has a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and students come from 49 states and 35 countries. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. The Hampton University Pirates play in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).


  • Total Enrollment: 4,321 (3,672 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34% Male/66% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $28,024
  • Books: $1,100
  • Room and Board: $12,366
  • Other Expenses: $2,800
  • Total Cost: $44,290

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82%
    • Loans: 80%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,682
    • Loans: $7,308

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Organizational Communication, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track and Field, Sailing
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Sailing

Overview of Hampton University Admissions

To apply to Hampton University, students will need to submit SAT or ACT scores (those with higher GPAs have the option of not sending in scores), an academic transcript, a letter of recommendation, a writing sample (prompts are given on Hampton’s website), and the application form. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the next steps of the application process. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Hampton University Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 530/570
    • SAT Math: 510/640
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Composite: 19/24
    • ACT English: 18/24
    • ACT Math: 18/24
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Hampton University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Hampton University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

State University of New York at Fredonia, Montclair State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Hampton University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

San Jose State University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Texas at San Antonio, Washington State University, East Carolina University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Hampton University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

United States Military Academy, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama

Applying to Hampton University

Application Deadline: March 1

Undergraduate Admissions Website:


Undergraduate Application Link(s): http://www.hamptonu.edu/apply/apply.cfm

Graduate Admissions Website: http://www.hamptonu.edu/apply/gradadmission.cfm

Graduate Application Link(s):


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