1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251-0001
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Morgan State University

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Located in Baltimore, Morgan State University (frequently known as Morgan State, MSU, and simply Morgan) is the biggest historically black college (HBCU) in Maryland. This public university is not a member of the state’s university system; it is governed by its own Board of Regents.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, MSU’s vision statement characterizes its mission as “that of providing an excellent undergraduate education to a broad segment of the population, including many of the best prepared as well as some who might not otherwise enroll in college but who have the potential to complete a degree.”

The school is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute and serves approximately 8,000 students each year.


Founded by the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1867 to educate young men as ministers, the Centenary Biblical Institute, as it was known at the time, received the name Morgan College to honor Rev. Lyttleton Morgan, a Board Chairman who donated land to the college. The school soon started training both men and women to become teachers, and the first degree was awarded in 1895. This private college was purchased by the state in 1939 as an institution of opportunity for its black population. Morgan received university status in 1975.


Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are awarded at Morgan State, which is comprised of the following colleges and schools:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Business and Management
  • Education and Urban Studies
  • Engineering
  • Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences
  • Graduate Studies
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Community Health and Policy
  • Social Work
  • Journalism and Communication

The school is also home to the Environmental and Aquatic Research Library.

Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various colleges. Popular areas of study include accounting, architecture, environmental design, English, marketing, music, theatre arts, engineering, finance, education, and mental health technology.

Graduate degrees are offered in more than 30 areas. These include master’s level programs in African-American studies, architecture, city and regional planning, English, history, education, science, public health, and transportation. The university is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral Research Facility and doctoral degrees are offered in such areas as bio-environmental sciences, business administration, engineering, English, higher education administration, community college leadership, history, mathematics education, public health, science education, and urban educational leadership.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Institute of Architecture and Planning offers a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture and environmental design. The Institute was founded in 1977 to educate students in the technical aspects of design but also educate them in the cultural aspects of urban architecture. The Institute is very much dedicated to the revitalization of the Baltimore area.

The Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education (CEMSE) was founded in 1988 to increase the number and quality of science teachers in Maryland and strengthen the quality of scientific education. In addition to opportunities for students, the CEMSE offers professional development activities for teachers and monthly seminars for the local community.

Students are automatically considered for the undergraduate Honors Program when they apply to the university, and scholarships are awarded to approximately 200 high-achieving students. Students in the Honors Program can take special Honors Sections of General Education Requirements.

Other Special Programs

MSU is involved in multiple pre-college programs, which help high school students advance to the college level. The school also offers special academic programs for current MSU students, including ones in mental health, biomedical research, and engineering. The National Center for Health Behavioral Change, the Institute for Urban Research, and the Connect Program collaborate with community colleges.


Undergraduate Admissions

Along with the application and accompanying application fee, prospective students must submit official high school transcripts and standardized test scores. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA along with a combined SAT score of 900 or a composite ACT score of 19 is recommended. Students are advised to submit all application materials as soon as possible in order to allow plenty of time for consideration and financial aid processing.

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background.

Accepted students are encouraged and welcome to attend the introduction to the university program for new freshmen. Components of this program include placement tests and assistance planning the first year’s curriculum, with faculty members and counselors on-hand to answer any questions. The event also includes some social activities that familiarize incoming students with the campus and its resources

Graduate Admissions

General graduate school requirements include a bachelor’s degree with with minimum courses related to the field to which they are applying and a minimum GPA of 3.0; GRE, GMAT or other appropriate standardized test scores; three letters of recommendation; and a personal statement. Prospective graduate students should consult the individual department and/or school to which they are applying for additional requirements. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.

Financial Aid

Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which becomes available online each year in January.

MSU provides access to Federal Pell Grants, the Federal Supplementary Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Alternative Loans, Federal Parent Loans, and Federal Work-Study, in addition to institutional scholarships, which can vary in size and eligibility. Some of the more significant and popular awards are the Honors Scholarship; Diversity Grants; Athletic Grants, which are determined by the Athletic Department; and Maryland State Scholarships, offered through the Maryland State Scholarship Administration. Applicants and current students are also encouraged to contact the appropriate school or department for awards related to their specific area of study.

Graduate students may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of aid programs are available and the details of the application process.

Students should contact the financial aid office directly to get information about aid programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2377th for the average student loan amount.
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Morgan is a historically black institution and awards more bachelor’s degrees to African-American students than any college in Maryland.

Student life includes opportunities in a diverse range of activities and organizations. The campus is home to numerous student-run groups and clubs, including the Caribbean Students Association, Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, the Pre-Medical Chapter of the American Medical Student Association, and various Greek letter organizations. There are also many other academic and professional groups, a band and choir, a student newspaper, and yearbook committee.

The McKeldin Center, which offers students a place to convene and relax outside of the classroom, is a hub of social activity on campus. The Center offers meeting facilities, lectures, and other public gatherings.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Morgan State Bears compete in the NCAA’s Division I Mideastern Athletic Conference. The football team competes in Division I-AA. Intercollegiate sports teams include men’s basketball, cross country, football, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s teams include basketball, bowling, cross country, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, cheerleading and volleyball.

The Bears have several alumni in the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Willie Lanier, Roosevelt Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Len Ford.

Athletic facilities include a stadium, a gymnasium, and a field house.


The Morgan State Marching Band, known as the “Magnificent Marching Machine,” performs for audiences in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, and Washington D.C. on a regular basis. The band has performed at NFL games and championships as well as presidential inaugurations.

Local Community

MSU is located in a residential section of Baltimore, Maryland. Both Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C. are within driving distance. Baltimore, located on the Chesapeake Bay and dubbed the Greatest City in America, is home to a seemingly infinite number of attractions, sources of culture, and civic pride such as the Baltimore Ravens NFL team and the MLB’s Baltimore Orioles. The Babe Ruth Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Edgar Allan Poe House, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the National Aquarium are also located in the city.

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Ranks 17th in Maryland and 819th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Maryland and 526th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 13 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15 0.19
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 15 0.19

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,891 0.78
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 196 0.03
Forcible Rape 341 0.05
Robbery 3,457 0.55
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 8,615 1.37
Larceny 17,010 2.71
Vehicle theft 4,199 0.67

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2407

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1203rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,816 $4,816 $14,230
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,402 $2,402 $2,402
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $293 $293 $635
FT Graduate Tuition $6,480 $6,480 $12,636
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,350 $1,350 $1,350
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $435 $435 $777
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,269 $22,269 $31,683
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,105 $24,105 $33,519
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,863 $12,863 $22,277

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,928 $7,012 $6,928 $7,012 $16,134 $16,356
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,750 $8,878
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,945 $2,850
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,220 $10,370
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,245 $3,150
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,145 $3,050

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,801 (1,777 male / 3,024 female)
Admitted 2,764 (1,052 male / 1,712 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 899 (394 male / 505 female)
FT Enrollment 886 (389 male / 497 female)
PT Enrollment 13 (5 male / 8 female)
Total Enrollment7,546

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1325th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1223rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 490
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 490
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 980

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,030
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,860
Board Fee$3,266

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 1,070 31 48 4 41 14 1,243
Accounting 37 1 1 39
Actuarial Science 2 2
African-American/Black Studies 2 3
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 2 2
Architecture 28 1 3 11 1 44
Art/Art Studies, General 5 1 1 7
Bioinformatics 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 41 5 7 2 57
Broadcast Journalism 28 29
Business Administration and Management, General 3 110 1 3 2 124
Chemistry, General 7 7
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 6 1 2 9
Civil Engineering, General 24 1 1 2 29
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 4 1 5 1 12
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 5
Construction Management 5 2 7
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 5
Economics, General 6 6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 1 5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 50 1 5 1 58
Elementary Education and Teaching 16 1 18
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 2 2
Engineering, General 1 14 2 1 1 19
English Language and Literature, General 13 1 1 1 16
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 47 1 1 1 1 52
Finance, General 22 1 23
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management 5 1 6
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health Teacher Education 9 11
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 7 1 8
History, General 18 1 1 22
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 17 1 18
Industrial Engineering 10 2 13
Information Science/Studies 13 14
International Relations and Affairs 1 1
Journalism 13 14
Landscape Architecture 1 6 7
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 24 1 1 27
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General 2 1 3
Museology/Museum Studies 3 3
Music, General 18 18
Operations Management and Supervision 8 8
Operations Research
Philosophy 3 1 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 15 1 16
Physics, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 34 1 36
Psychology, General 41 2 1 45
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
Public Health, General 11 1 12
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 33 1 35
Radio and Television 35 1 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 117 10 1 128
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 5 1 6
Social Work 91 5 2 7 107
Sociology 40 2 1 45
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 5
Transportation/Mobility Management 6 2 9

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1602nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,872 ($67,679 male / $63,543 female)
Number of FT Faculty 371 (215 male / 156 female)
Number of PT Faculty 443
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $17,715,057

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