|Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Benefit of Colored Youth
Prairie View University
|Motto||Prairie View Produces Productive People.|
|Students||9,400 (Fall 2017)|
|Location||Prairie View, Texas, United States|
|Colors||Royal Purple and Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division I - SWAC|
|Nickname||The Hill, Panthers & Lady Panthers|
|Affiliations||Texas A&M University System
|Sports||16 varsity sports teams|
Prairie View A&M University, commonly abbreviated PVAMU or PV, is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Prairie View, Texas, United States (northwest of Houston). The University is a member of the Texas A&M University System. In 2016, PVAMU celebrated its 140th year.
The University offers baccalaureate degrees in 50 academic majors, 37 master's degrees and four doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and the School of Architecture. PVAMU is one of the Texas land-grant universities. Founded in 1876, PVAMU is the second oldest public university in the State of Texas. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Prairie View A&M fields 16 intercollegiate sports team, commonly known by their "Prairie View A&M Panthers" nickname. Prairie View A&M compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Prairie View A&M is the only charter member remaining in the conference.
The university was established by Article 7 of the Texas Constitution of 1876, created near the end of the Reconstruction Era after the American Civil War. In that year, State Senator Matthew Gaines and State Representative William H. Holland - both former slaves who became leading political figures - crafted legislation for the creation of a state-supported "Agricultural and Mechanical" college. In the article, the constitution stated that "Separate schools shall be provided for the white and colored children, and impartial provisions shall be made for both."
In an effort to comply with these constitutional provisions, the Fifteenth Texas Legislature, consistent with terms of the federal Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act - which provided public lands for the establishment of colleges - authorized the "Alta Vista Agriculture and Mechanical College for the Benefit of Colored Youth" as part of the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University).
In 1973, legislature changed the name of the institution to Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University (Prairie View A&M University).
Prairie View A&M University offers academic programs through the following administrative units:
In 2004, Prairie View A&M established the Undergraduate Medical Academy (UMA) which is a selective and rigorous pre-medical program designed to prepare and mentor academically talented undergraduate students for success in medical school. UMA began as a result of a Texas legislative mandate in 2003 and is state funded with a mission to increase minority representation in the medical field and redress statewide physician and dentist shortages.
Additionally, Prairie View A&M established an honors program for academically exceptional undergraduates who meet the specific SAT/ACT, GPA, and recommendation criteria.
Prairie View A&M is consistently recognized as one of the top institutions in the country for producing the highest number of African-American architects and engineers by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Prairie View A&M academic programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and each college within the university holds additional accreditation or certifications.
The university sits on a 1,440-acre (5.8 km2) campus in Prairie View, Texas and is 48.8 miles (78.5 km) northwest of downtown Houston. The rural campus is often referred to as "The Hill" because it rests on a hill in the region. The campus is often described as the most beautiful in Texas.
As of Fall 2014 the university enrolled 6,932 undergraduate students, 1,265 students in masters programs, and 146 in doctorate programs. 5,111 (61%) of the undergraduate students were female and 3,232 (39%) were male. As of Fall 2014, of the 8,343 students enrolled, 6,958 (83%) were African-American, non-Hispanic; 267 (3%) were white, non-Hispanic; 420 (5%) were Hispanic; 234 (3%) were Asian; 33 were Native American or Alaska natives; 6 were Hawaiian; 144 (2%) were multiracial; 237 (3%) were "international;" and the ethnicity of 44 (1%) was unknown or unreported. The percentage of African-Americans had dropped from 86% in fall 2010 and the percentage of Hispanic and international students had increased slightly. 7,682 (92%) of the students were from Texas, 456 (5%) were from other states, and 205 (2%) were from other countries.
In 1998 ACC was awarded the contract to develop, build, and manage a student housing property at PVAMU. Both student residence housing properties at PVAMU are owned and operated by American Campus Communities. Freshmen students on campus may reside in the University College community. Upperclassmen may live in apartment style living in University Village (phases I, II, III, VI, and VII). The first of these apartment buildings was built in 1995. The University Square is the newest student housing facility on campus (completed in October 2017) with 466 beds available for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.
University College opened in 2000. As of the fall of 2001, 40% of on-campus students lived at University College and the remaining 60% lived at University Village.
Previous buildings that formerly housed students include Alexander Hall, Banks Hall, Buchanan Hall, Collins Hall, Drew Hall, L. O. Evans Hall, Fuller Hall, Holley Hall, and Suarez Hall. Suarez Hall was already closed in 1996. In 1997 Alexander Hall, Buchanan Hall, and Collins Hall had closed. In 1998 Holley Hall had closed. In 2000 Drew Hall, Evans Hall, and Fuller Hall had closed. During the same year, Alexander, Buchanan, and Holley had been demolished. In 2001 Banks Hall had closed.
PVAMU is home to over 100 honorary, professional and social interest groups on campus. Since 1982, the Student Government Association (SGA) has been the highest ranking student organization on campus and official voice of the student body to the University Administration, as well as all internal and external organizations.
Prairie View A&M University offers a wide variety of varsity and intramural sports programs.
Men's and women's athletic teams are nicknamed the Panthers and the team colors are purple and gold. Prairie View A&M is a charter member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and is a member of the West Division. Prairie View competes in NCAA Division I in all varsity sports; in football, the Panthers play in the Division I FCS.
In summer 2016, Prairie View A&M completed the first phase of construction on its $60 million football stadium and athletic field house. The state-of-the-art facility is 55,000 square feet and holds up to 15,000 people. The second phase of construction will increase capacity to 30,000 people.
The Prairie View A&M Panther baseball team captured its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in the school's history and won back-to-back SWAC titles in 2006 and 2007. During the last five years, Prairie View A&M has made four consecutive appearances in the SWAC's title game, finishing as the conference's runner-up in 2005 and 2008. Prairie View A&M recently captured its third SWAC title in 2012, defeating Mississippi Valley State University.
Prior to a double header against the Texas Southern Tigers, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the renovated baseball stadium on April 26, 2014. Along with the opening, the stadium was formally dedicated to former Panthers baseball coach, John W. Tankersley. The renovated stadium features seating for 512 including 192 chair backed seats, new concession stand, new restrooms, press box, and bricked dugouts. The stadium is also Wi-Fi enabled. The Panthers dedicated the stadium sweeping the double header winning 9-0 and 7-4.
Prairie View A&M's marching band is officially known as the Marching Storm and has many accomplishments. Some of those accomplishments include performing at the Super Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Honda Battle of the Bands, the Houston Rodeo, the grand opening of the NRG Stadium, and a Dallas Cowboys game. Also the band made an appearance on MTV in 2011.
|Hise Austin||1973||former NFL defensive back|
|Sebastian Barrie||1992||former NFL defensive tackle|||
|Cynthia Cooper-Dyke||2005||former WNBA player, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, published author, and Head Coach of the USC women's basketball team|
|Zelmo Beaty||1962||Professional and College Basketball Hall of Fame legend who played in the NBA and ABA from 1962 to 1975|
|Julius W. Becton, Jr.||1960||Lieutenant General US Army, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director, educator, and past president of PVAMU|
|Sandra Bland||2009||Black Lives Matter activist|
|Dr. J. Don Boney||1948||first president of the University of Houston-Downtown|||
|Charlie Brackins||1955||one of the first African-American NFL quarterbacks|||
|Kirko Bangz (real name Kirk Randle)||Attended||hip-hop artist|||
|David L. Brewer III||1970||retired vice admiral of the United States Navy and superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (2006-2008)|||
|Charles Brown||1942||legendary blues recording artist and member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame|||
|Emanuel Cleaver||1972||Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th district of Missouri since 2005|||
|Cecil Cooper||Attended||5-time MLB All-Star who played first baseman from 1971 to 1987, Houston Astros manager from 2007 to 2009|||
|Clem Daniels||1959||former NFL running back|||
|Dorrough (real name Dorwin Demarcus Dorrough)||Attended||rapper|||
|Terry Ellis||1990||vocalist and member of female R&B group En Vogue|||
|Adrian Hamilton||2012||linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL since 2012|
|Ken Houston||1966||Member Pro Football Hall of Fame, 13-year career as strong safety with Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins|
|Louise Daniel Hutchinson||historian|||
|Jim Kearney||1964||defensive back in the NFL and AFL from 1965 to 1976|
|Jermaine McGhee||2007||former NFL defensive end|
|Jim Mitchell||1968||former NFL tight end|||
|Sidney A. McPhee||1976||President of Middle Tennessee State University|
|Thomas Monroe||1990 AFL Ironman of the Year|
|Frederick D. Patterson||founder of United Negro College Fund|
|DJ Premier (real name Christopher Edward Martin)||Attended||member of Gang Starr|||
|Inez Beverly Prosser||1913||first African-American woman to receive a doctoral degree in psychology|||
|Kase Lawal||1978||Chairman & CEO of Erin Energy Corporation Erin Energy Corporation|
|Dewey Redman||jazz saxophonist|
|Alvin Reed||1966||former NFL tight end|||
|Clay Smothers||member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas County from 1977 to 1981; operator of St. Paul Industrial Training School in Malakoff, Texas|||
|Quinton Spears||2011||current NFL linebacker|
|James H. Stewart||member of the Texas House of Representatives from Robertson County from 1885 to 1887|||
|Mr. T (real name Laurence Tureaud)||Attended||actor who played B. A. Baracus in The A-Team|||
|Otis Taylor||former NFL wide receiver and member of 1969 World Champion Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame|
|Calvin Waller||1959||U.S. Army General and Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Persian Gulf War|||
|Craig Washington||1966||Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 18th district of Texas from 1989 to 1994|||
|Craig Watkins||1990||District attorney of Dallas County, Texas since 2007|||
|Mark Hanna Watkins||1926||linguist and anthropologist; first African-American to be awarded a Ph.D. in anthropology; first American to write a grammar of an African language|||
|Dave Webster||1959||former American Football League All-Pro football player for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, Prairie View A&M University Hall of Fame inductee and one of the first blacks to play professional football in the American Football League.|
|James E. White||1986||Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Tyler County|||
|Clarence Williams||1968||former NFL defensive end|||
|Donnie Williams||American football player|
|Loni Love||1991||comedienne, actress, and original cast member of The Real|
American Campus Communities has been awarded projects totaling $52.5 million to develop, build and manage three student housing projects at Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University and Iona College.