Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View A & M University, also referred to as PVAMU, was established in 1876, and is a historically black university in Prairie View, Texas. It is a member of the Texas A & M University System, offering enrollment to more than 8,000 students. The university awards baccalaureate degrees in over 50 academic majors, more than 30 master's degrees and several doctoral degree programs.

Prarie View has nine colleges and schools which are:

  • College of Agriculture and Human Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology
  • College of Nursing
  • Graduate School
  • School of Architecture

Prairie View A & M University sponsors a large number of varsity and intramural sports programs. The athletics teams are called the Panthers, and they participate in sports including baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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Contacting Prairie View A & M University

Prairie View A & M University
5th Street Ave. A, L.W. Minor Street.
Prairie View , TX 77446
General Phone: (936) 261-3311

Prairie View A & M University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching320curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, agricultural teaching, English teaching, health teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling310psychology, counseling psychology, forensic psychology
Business and Management113business management, accounting, finance, MIS, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine106registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Liberal Arts94Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, geography, political science, sociology, history
Engineering84engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Security and Law Enforcement65criminal justice and safety, corrections and criminal justice
Family and Social Work65family and consumer science, food and nutrition, social work
Architecture and Planning64architecture, urban planning
Science57biology, microbiology, chemistry, physics
Media52communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32health and physical education
Medical Support and Technology32health service and sciences
Engineering Technician25electronics tech, industrial tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech, drafting
Agricultural Science and Management22agriculture, agricultural economics
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science, information science, computer engineering
Music4music, music performance, voice
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Landscaping and Horticulture1soil science
Animal Science and Care0animal science

Number of programs and degrees for Prairie View A & M University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree75844
Master's degree69935
Doctor's degree103

Prairie View A & M University Student Body

Prairie View A & M University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Prairie View A & M University had a total enrollment of 8,382 students (7,557 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 70%
Graduate 30%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 4%
Black 88%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 25%
20-21 22%
22-24 20%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Prairie View A & M University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 50 %

Prairie View A & M University Room and Board (2007)

Prairie View A & M University offers campus housing for 3,291 of its 7,557 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Prairie View, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 14 meals per week.

Prairie View A & M University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal370460
SAT Math380480
ACT Verbal1319
ACT Math1519
ACT Composite1519

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT47%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Prairie View A & M University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,492
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,162
Room and board $ 8,500
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 4,000

Financial Aid:
Prairie View A & M University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 363000)

Prairie View A & M University Faculty

Prairie View A & M University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year12$81,8483$89,366
Associate professorcalendar year16$73,1655$71,132
Assistant professorcalendar year4$65,7791*
Lecturercalendar year12$47,38813$51,412
All faculty totalcalendar year44$67,83122$61,302

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year29$84,25812$72,580
Associate professoracademic year46$67,76313$59,378
Assistant professoracademic year40$59,45132$59,169
Instructoracademic year2*0*
Lectureracademic year51$51,03349$52,092
All faculty totalacademic year168$63,322106$57,442

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Prairie View A & M University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southwestern Athletic Conference
Basketball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Baseball Southwestern Athletic Conference
Track Southwestern Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports123749

Prairie View A & M University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Landscaping And Horticulture
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Psychology, General

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Prairie View A & M University Highlights

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What Sets Prairie View A & M University Apart:

Minority % of student body
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Top 8%Prairie View A & M University Minority % of student body
Number of degree programs
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Number of students
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Top 9%Prairie View A & M University Number of students
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 13%Prairie View A & M University Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 14%Prairie View A & M University % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Prairie View A & M University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in architecture and planning
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Top 15%Prairie View A & M University % of degrees in architecture and planning
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 17%Prairie View A & M University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Prairie View A & M University % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Prairie View A & M University Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, navy)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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