The academic seal of Morehouse College
|Motto||"Et Facta Est Lux"
(Latin: "And there was light")
|Type||Private, HBCU, male-only |
|Endowment||$128.9 million |
|President||Robert Michael Franklin |
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Campus||61 acres (25 ha), Urban |
|Former names||Atlanta Baptist Seminary, Atlanta Baptist College|
track & field
|Mascot||The Maroon Tiger|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II |
|Affiliations||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference |
Morehouse has a 61 acre campus and an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and 100% of the school's tenure-track faculty hold tertiary degrees. Along with Clark Atlanta University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Medicine and nearby women's college Spelman College, Morehouse is part of the Atlanta University Center. It is also a member of the Black Ivy League.
Morehouse is one of two black colleges in the country to produce a Rhodes Scholar, and it is the alma mater of many African-American leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee, actor Samuel L. Jackson, Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses, Bank of America Chairman Walter E. Massey, and the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson, among others.
|1867||Augusta Institute established |
|1879||Institute moved to Atlanta and name changed to Atlanta Baptist Seminary |
|1885||The seminary moved to its present location |
|1897||The school was renamed Atlanta Baptist College |
|1913||School renamed to Morehouse College |
|1929||Morehouse entered into a cooperative agreement with Clark College and Spelman College (later expanded to form the Atlanta University Center) |
|1975||The Morehouse School of Medicine established|
|1981||The Morehouse School of Medicine became independent from Morehouse College|
In 1867, just two years after the American Civil War, the AtlantaInstitute was founded by William Jefferson White, an Atlanta Baptist minister and cabinetmaker, with the support of the Rev. Richard C. Coulter, a former slave from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rev. Edmund Turney, organizer of the National Theological Institute for educating freedmen in Washington, D.C.  The institution was founded to educate African American men in theology and education and was located in Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest independent black church in the United States. The Institute's first president was Rev. Dr. Joseph T. Robert (father of Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert, author of Robert's Rules of Order).
In 1879, the institute moved to its own location and changed its name to the Atlanta Baptist Seminary. It later acquied a 4-acre (1.6 ha) campus in downtown Atlanta. In 1885, Dr. Samuel T. Graves became the second president. That year the seminary moved to its present location, on land donated by John D. Rockefeller. In 1890 Dr. George Sale became the seminary's third president, and in 1897 the school was renamed Atlanta Baptist College.
In 1906 Dr. John Hope became the first African-American president and led the institution's growth in enrollment and academic stature. He envisioned an academically rigorous college that would be the antithesis to Booker T. Washington's view of agricultural and trade-focused education for African-Americans. In 1913, the seminary was renamed Morehouse College, in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, corresponding secretary of the Northern Baptist Home Missions Society. Morehouse entered into a cooperative agreement with Clark College and Spelman College in 1929 and later expanded the association to form the Atlanta University Center.
Dr. Samuel H. Archer became the fifth president of the college in 1931 and selected the school colors (maroon and white) to reflect his own alma mater, Colgate University. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays became president in 1940. Mays, who would be a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., presided over the growth in international enrollment and reputation. During the 1960s, Morehouse students were actively involved in the civil rights movement in Atlanta. Mays’ speeches were instrumental in shaping the personal development of Morehouse students during his tenure.
In 1967, Dr. Hugh M. Gloster became the seventh president. The following year, the college's Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society was founded. In 1975, Dr. Gloster established the Morehouse School of Medicine, which became independent from Morehouse College in 1981.
|"The Morehouse Men": In 1995, PBS ran a documentary, titled The Morehouse Men, which gave a rare insight to the inner-workings of Morehouse's campus life through the eyes of its students.|
Dr. Leroy Keith, Jr., was named president in 1987. In 1995, alumnus Dr. Walter E. Massey, became Morehouse's ninth president. His successor, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin is the tenth president of the college.
In 2006, Morehouse graduated 540 men, one of the largest classes in its history. On May 16, 2008, Joshua Packwood became the first white valedictorian to graduate in the school's 141-year history. In August 2008, Morehouse welcomed a total of 920 new students (770 freshmen and 150 transfer students) to its campus, one of the largest entering classes in the history of the school.
|"A Different World": According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, when Debbie Allen became the director-producer of Bill Cosby's NBC television show, A Different World (A six season series dealing with the lives of students at the fictional historically Black college, Hillman College developed in The Cosby Show) she drew from her college experiences in an effort to accurately reflect in the show the social and political life on black campuses. Allen, "a graduate of historically black Howard University, instituted a yearly spring trip to Atlanta where series writers visited two of the nation's leading black colleges, Morehouse and Spelman. During these visits, ideas for several of the episodes emerged from meetings with students and faculty." |
In October 2009, Morehouse College initiated a student dress code that prohibits students from cross-dressing in women's clothes, as well as wearing jewelry on their teeth, pajamas as classroom attire, tight fitting caps on their heads, walking barefoot on campus or wearing pants hung below the waist at official college-sponsored events. This dress code is part of the Five Wells which holds that, "Morehouse Men are Renaissance Men with a social conscience and global perspective who are: Well-Read, Well-Spoken, Well-Traveled, Well-Dressed and Well-Balanced." Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services was quoted by CNN as saying, "We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men."
Morehouse's official sister school Bennett College, is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. However some mistake its rather closely acquainted and physically approximate neighbor Spelman College as being such. This is largely due to the fact that Morehouse and Spelman have strong historical ties to one another and many of the men from Morehouse and women from Spelman have intermarried by tradition.
Morehouse is located on a 61 acres (25 ha) campus near downtown Atlanta.
A bronze statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. stands to the left of King Chapel. Inscribed in the base of the statue are the words of Dr. King. Several previous presidents of the college have grave sites on-campus to honor their legacies.
In 2009, 653 of the 668 full-time freshmen enrolled were found to have financial need (97%). Of these, Morehouse could meet the full financial aid needs of 38 freshmen. Morehouse's average undergraduate student's indebtedness at graduation is $30,000. As of fall 2008, the student body consisted of 2,500 black-non-Hispanic, 66 non-resident aliens, 9 Hispanics, 7 white-non-Hispanics, 4 native Americans, and 21 unidentified race or ethnicity.
On average,at graduation, 97% of graduates are offered two or more jobs by Fortune 500 companies and private companies. Morehouse was ranked #1 three times in a row (2002–2004) as the best school for African Americans for undergraduate study by Black Enterprise magazine. The college was rated by The Wall Street Journal as #29 out of the top 50 "feeder schools" for elite graduate study in a 2003 study. According to a 2007 joint publication by Newsweek and Kaplan, Inc., Morehouse College is one of the "25 Hottest Schools in America" and the "hottest men's college". It was also ranked 14th in an annual list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges conducted by The Washington Monthly. In 2008, Morehouse College was listed among "10 Great Schools for Networking" by Forbes magazine. The Forbes list includes schools such as MIT Sloan School of Management, the Stanford Business School, the Harvard Business School, the University of Southern California and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Morehouse College is home to a 7,000-piece collection of original documents written by Martin Luther King, Jr. The set was valued by the Library of Congress at being worth between $28 to $30 million dollars and were originally scheduled by his family to be auctioned off to the general public in 2006, but private donors in Atlanta intervened and offered a pre-auction bid at $32 million. On June 29, it was announced by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, a key catalyst in the buyout, that a new civil rights museum would be built in the city to make the documents available for research, public access and exhibits. Coca Cola donated a land parcel valued at $10 million in order to assist with the development of the project. The collection includes King's 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
Morehouse College offers organized and informal co-curricular activities including 78 student organizations, varsity, club, and intramural sports, and student publications. Perhaps among the most notable of Morehouse's current students is Stephen Stafford II, a home-schooled student who matriculated at age 11 and is scheduled to graduate when he turns 16 in 2012.
The Morehouse College Marching Band is known for their halftime performances which combine dance and marching with music from various genres, including rap, traditional marching band music, and pop music. They have performed at Super Bowl XVIII, the Today Show, and at Atlanta Falcons home games. Affectionately known as the "House of Funk" they march alongside the Maroon Mystique Color Guard (flag spinning) squad and Mahogany-N-Motion dance team.
In 2005, Morehouse College became a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). The school is one of only four competing teams to come from a historically black college and is also the only all-male team in the AMTA.
In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, Morehouse won their regional championship competitions, thereby receiving direct trips to the AMTA national championship competitions in Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota, respectively.
Founded in 1911, the Morehouse College Glee Club has a long and impressive history and performed at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral, President Jimmy Carter's inauguration, Super Bowl XXVIII, and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Glee Club's international performances include tours in Africa, Russia, Poland and the Caribbean. The group also appeared on the soundtrack for the movie School Daze, directed by Morehouse alum Spike Lee (Class of 1979).
The college's weekly student-run newspaper is The Maroon Tiger. Originally founded in 1898 as The Athenaeum, it was renamed in 1925. The 2008-2009 staff sought to expand the newspaper into a news organization by creating Morehouse's first television news program, Tiger TV, and starting a new website at www.TheMaroonTiger.com.
Morehouse College is home to several National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities:
Other national fraternities and honor societies registered on campus are Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia,Phi Alpha Delta, The Tiger 6 Chapter of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship,Inc. Kappa Kappa Psi, Alpha Kappa Delta, Beta Kappa Chi, the Delta Chapter of Georgia Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Alpha Theta. Pi Delta Phi, Psi Chi, Sigma Delta Pi, Sigma Tau Delta and Alpha Lambda Delta.
Campus religious organizations include the Atlanta University Center Catholic Student Coalition, King International Chapel Ministry, Martin Luther King International Chapel Assistants, King Chapel Choir, Muslim Students Association, New Life Inspirational Fellowship Church Campus Ministry, and The Outlet.
In sports, Morehouse College is affiliated with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The mascot is the Maroon Tiger. Morehouse College competes in football, baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis, track & field and golf.
The Morehouse Tigersharks, as they're affectionately known, was once Morehouse's power house swim team. From 1958 till 1976 the swim team had 255 wins and only 25 losses, with over 15 SIAC championships, making it the winningest sports team in Morehouse history. It had even beaten Emory University and Georgia Tech in dual meets in different seasons. The team appeared in Jet and Ebony Magazines, Black Sports, and Sports Illustrated throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and today is being considered as honorary inductees into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Actor Samuel L. Jackson was once the team statistician and was an apprentice swimmer. Some of the swimmers had competed in NCAA and NAIA competition at various times throughout the team's history. The team was disestablished in 1976 and the funds were transferred to build the Morehouse School of Medicine.
|The school's alumni go by the title "Morehouse Men". When a young man attends the college, he is merely a "Man of Morehouse". It is only when he graduates that he earns the distinctive title of being a "Morehouse Man", which symbolizes his full transition into the light and wakefulness of the educated class.|
Morehouse is one of two historically black colleges in the country to produce a Rhodes Scholar. The school's first Rhodes Scholar, Nima Warfield, was named in 1994, the second, Christopher Elders, in 2001. A third, Oluwabusaya "Topé" Folarin, was named in 2004. Morehouse has been home to six Fulbright Scholars, Damon M. Lombard (1995), John Thomas (2004) and Jason T. Garrett (2006) Morgan C. Williams, Jr. (2006), Lasean Brown (2008), and Wendell H. Marsh (2009).