Prairie View A&M University founded


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Date: 
Mon, 1878-03-11

*Prairie View A&M University was founded on this date in 1878. They are a comprehensive public institution of higher education.

Its doors opened, enrolling eight young men, on this date. Prairie View A&M is one of the over 100 historically Black college and universities in America. Part of the Texas A&M University System, Prairie View A&M was founded in 1876, the first year of the Texas constitution. It is a land-grant university authorized under the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.

The main campus is located in Waller County, about forty miles northwest of Houston, Texas. A College of Nursing branch facility is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The university offers a broad range of academic programs through six colleges and two schools. College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, and a School of Juvenile Justice.

One additional school, the Graduate School, offers programs through the colleges previously listed. Mission and Purpose: The modern mission of Prairie View A&M University was redefined by the people of Texas through an amendment to the Constitution in 1984. Through that amendment, Prairie View A&M University joined both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University as a constitutionally designated "institution of the first class."

Reference:
Black American Colleges and Universities:
Profiles of Two-Year, Four-Year, & Professional Schools
by Levirn Hill, Pub., Gale Group, 1994
ISBN: 0-02-864984-2

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