Hampton University, also referred to as HU, is a private, coeducational HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) university. It is located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was established on April 1, 1868, to teach blacks and mulattos how to read and write. It was legally chartered in 1870 and called Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. In 1930, it was renamed to Hampton Institute. In 1984, it was raised to University status and renamed to Hampton University. Today, the University grants admission to more than 4,500 students every year.
Hampton University is organized into the following schools and colleges:
The University's sports teams are called the HU Pirates. The official mascot is Pirates. HU sponsors football, basketball, track, and tennis.
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