Type of Institution: A public, urban, liberal arts university, Coppin State has the unique mission within the University System of Maryland of focusing primarily on the problems, needs and aspirations of the people of Baltimore's central city and its immediate metropolitan area.
History: Coppin State was founded in 1900 as a training program for African-American elementary school teachers. It was named the Fanny Jackson Coppin Normal School in 1926, in honor of an outstanding African-American educator. The university moved to its present site in 1952, and, as Coppin State College, the first Bachelor of Arts degree was conferred in 1967. In 1988, Coppin State became part of what is now the University System of Maryland.
Accreditation: Coppin State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Maryland Board of Nurses, the National League for Nursing, the National Council on Social Work Education, and the Council on Rehabilitation Education accredit programs at the university that correspond to their areas of expertise.
Organization: Coppin State encompasses the Division of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Education, the Division of Graduate Studies, the Honors Division and the Division of Nursing.
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Master of Science.
Alternative Education: Coppin State offers non-traditional programs for non-traditional applicants. Options include web-based instruction, distance education, evening classes, summer school, off-campus programs and summer enrichment and certificate and training programs.
Enrollment: 3,800 students.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17 to one.
Class Size: Coppin State is not a campus of large lecture halls and overcrowded classrooms. Most classes are relatively small.
Computer Resources: All classrooms are connected to the campus network and to the Internet. Several classrooms have computers at every seat. Coppin State's "smart" classrooms support multi-media instruction. The university's residence halls provide network connections for every resident.
Academic Year: Fall and spring semesters, winter session, and two summer sessions.
Housing: Two new residence halls provide on-campus housing for more than 600 students.
Athletics: Coppin State participates in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Men's varsity teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women's teams compete in basketball, bowling, cross country, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.
Activities: Students participate in music, theater and dance groups; academic, professional and honor societies; varsity and intramural sports; service projects; fraternities and sororities; student government; and campus newspaper.
Financial Aid: More than 80 percent of Coppin State's students receive merit-based or need-based aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.
Location: Coppin State's 45-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood in West Central Baltimore, 15 minutes from the Inner Harbor and within 20 minutes by car from most parts of the city.
Visits and Tours: Please call the Admissions Office at 410-951-3600 or toll-free at 800-645-3674.