Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education. Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse. With a strong orientation toward disciplines which highlight the relationship between education and workforce preparation in the sciences, professions and technical areas, Tuskegee University also emphasizes the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for successful careers in all areas. Accordingly, all academic majors stress the mastery of a required core of liberal arts courses.
Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, which is 40 miles east of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery and is within easy driving distance to the cities of Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.
The academic programs are organized into five Colleges and three Schools: (1) The College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences; (2) The College of Arts and Sciences; (3) The Brimmer College of Business and Information Science; (4) The College of Engineering; (5) The College of Veterinary Medicine; (6) The Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science; (7) The School of Education; and (8) The School of Nursing and Allied Health. The curricula for the academic units currently offers over 60 degrees including Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral.
Graduate instruction leading to the Master’s Degree and Doctor’s Degree is offered in five colleges and one school.
The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the following programs are accredited by national agencies: Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Clinical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. Of special note is the fact that Tuskegee University is the only private, historically black university with four engineering programs that are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), the major accrediting body for the engineering sciences. Also, Tuskegee University’s chemistry program is one of only a few among Historically Black Colleges and Universities that is approved by the American Chemical Society. Furthermore, the Dietetics Program is approved by the American Dietetic Association and the Food Science Program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists.
Tuskegee University was the first black college to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark (April 2, 1966), and the only black college to be designated a National Historic Site (October 26, 1974), a district administered by the National Park Service of the U. S. Department of Interior.
Special features in Tuskegee University’s program include: The George Washington Carver Museum (named for the distinguished scientist who worked at Tuskegee) which preserves the tools and handiwork of Dr. Carver; the Tuskegee Archives, a chief center for information on the challenges, culture and history of Black Americans since 1896; The Reserve Officers Training Corps Center, and the Center for Continuing Education–a nucleus for continuing adult education.
Other special features which enhance the educational and cultural environment of the University include: The Booker T. Washington Monument, “Lifting the Veil”, which honors the University’s Founder; The Tuskegee Airmen’s Plaza, commemorating the historic feats of America’s first black pilots who were trained at Tuskegee University; The General Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education, honoring America’s first black four-star general who was a Tuskegee University graduate; Media Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, with the state-of-the-art video up-link and down-link, intra-school communications, audio/visual, graphics, photography and document production; The Kellogg Executive Conference Center, a state-of-the-art hotel and meeting facility for educational, business and cultural events; The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.
Over the past 138 years since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University has become one of our nation’s most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African American community, it is open to all. Tuskegee’s mission has always been service to people, not education for its own sake. Stressing the need to educate the whole person, that is, the hand and the heart as well as the mind, Dr. Washington’s school was soon acclaimed–first by Alabama and then by the nation for the soundness and vigor of its educational programs and principles. This solid strength has continued through subsequent administrations of the late Drs. Robert Russa Moton (1915-1935), the late Frederick D. Patterson (1935-1953) and the late Luther H. Foster (1953-1981). During the administration of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Payton (1981-2010), Tuskegee Institute was elevated to University status in 1985. The sixth President, Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon commenced his tenure in 2010. Dr. Brian L. Johnson became the University’s seventh President in 2014. Dr. Lily D. McNair became the University’s eighth President in 2018.
Tuskegee enrolls approximately 3000 students and employs approximately 800 faculty and support personnel. Physical facilities, include more than 5,000 acres of forestry and campus on which sit more than 100 major buildings and structure. Total land, forestry and facilities are valued in excess of $400 million.