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MOREHOUSE COLLEGE Morehouse College was founded in 1867 as the Augusta Institute in the basement of the Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. The school’s original mission was to teach freed slaves to read and write. In 1879 the school relocated to Atlanta, changed its name to Atlanta Baptist Seminary and expanded its scope to prepare black men for careers in the ministry and in education. In 1894, the first college instruction was introduced and in 1897, after another name change, to Atlanta Baptist College, the first bachelor’s degree was granted. In 1913, the school took its current name Morehouse College. (Graves Hall, a dormitory erected in 1889, once served as the entire Morehouse campus. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings and Places.) The college is a member of the United Negro College Fund and is one of three black institutions with a Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society chapter. The only private, historically black, four-year, liberal arts college for men in the United States, Morehouse has an enrollment of 2,900 students from 40 states and 12 foreign countries. Morehouse provides excellent preparation for professions in business, dentistry, education, foreign-service, law, medicine, and theology. Offering a choice of 27 majors, the college boasts a ratio of one professor for every 17 students. Morehouse also offers dual-degree majors in conjunction with other members of the Atlanta University Center, and with the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan. Morehouse is consistently rated among the best colleges in the United States and is the home of the Journal of Negro History and the Morehouse Research Institute. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Morehouse leads all predominantly black institutions in the percentage of faculty with Ph.D.s, in the percentage of alumni who have become physicians, dentists, lawyers, college presidents, and Ph.D. recipients. The Morehouse commitment to excellence is not limited to academics. The college has a storied athletics tradition and the exploits of its scholar athletes are well documented. Its varsity teams, the Maroon Tigers, compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, and tennis. Morehouse holds membership in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Located a mile from downtown Atlanta, the 66-acre campus is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest complex of private, educational institutions in the world. Graced with a mixture of old and new buildings, including eight residence halls, a football stadium and track, a modern basketball arena that is a legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel, named in honor of the college’s most famous graduate, the Morehouse campus is a lively enclave in Southwest Atlanta. Among the notable campus landmarks are the Howard Thurman Carillon and statues of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Benjamin E. Mays -- president of Morehouse for 27 years. In the past few years, Morehouse has achieved several notable milestones. In 2001, Christopher Elders ’02 became Morehouse’s second Rhodes Scholar. In the fall of 2003, Oluwabusayo “Tope” Folarin ‘04 was named the College’s third Rhodes Scholar. Also in 2003, The Wall Street Journal named Morehouse one of the top 50 most successful schools across the nation when it comes to sending students to well-known, well-respected graduate and professional schools. In 2004, Black Enterprise magazine ranked Morehouse College the No.1 College in the nation for educating African American students for the third consecutive term. On February 14, 2003, Morehouse launched the public phase of The Campaign for a New Century, the most ambitious campaign in the history of the College. When the Campaign culminated in June 2006, the College exceeded its $105-million goal, raising $118 million. In June 2006, Morehouse received the coveted collection of personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr., which includes more than 7,000 handwritten notes, letters and sermons. As Morehouse celebrates 145 years of challenge and change, the College continues to deliver an exceptional educational experience that today meets the intellectual, moral and social needs of students representing more than 40 states and 18 countries—a distinguished institution dedicated, as always, to producing outstanding men and extraordinary leaders to serve humanity with a spiritual consciousness.
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