Benjamin Mays Memorial in front of Graves Hall on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
Benjamin Mays Memorial in front of Graves Hall on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Morehouse College was established in 1867, under the leadership of the Reverends William Jefferson White, Richard C. Coulter, and Edmund Turney. They came from different cities, careers, and historical backgrounds, but they were committed to building an institution that would provide a comprehensive education for African-American men.
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Today, Morehouse is widely regarded as the college of choice for black men in the United States. As an all-male HBCU, Morehouse alumni have played an important role in business, athletics, politics, religion, and the arts for more than one hundred and fifty years. And yet, its mission remains the same: to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service, who will pursue truth, morality, and justice with the same passion and conviction as the students who came before.

Quick Facts:

830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Phone: (404) 681-2800
Type: 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Colors: Maroon and white
Motto: Et Facta Est Lux (Latin); “And there was light” (English)
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 2,438 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13 to 1

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Student Life

  • Campus Events: Homecoming, Spring Fest, Going To See The King, The Miss Maroon & White Pageant
  • Greek Organizations: Yes
  • College Mascot: The Maroon Tigers
  • Athletic Association: SAIC & NCAA Division II
  • Athletic Programs: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field

Atlanta, GA & The Morehouse College Campus

The campus is a 66-acre complex near downtown Atlanta, with close proximity to major highways and transportation centers (including the Atlanta airport). As part of the Atlanta University Center, the Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine campuses are adjacent to Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University.


Morehouse has a 61-acre (250,000 m2) campus and an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students.

Our Students

  • Total enrollment: 3,143
  • In-state: 816
  • Full-time undergraduates: 3,007
  • Part-time undergraduates: 136
  • Ethnic/racial makeup: African American, 2,972; Asian, 5; Caucasian, 2; Hispanic, 6; International, 131;

Morehouse College History

On February 14, 1867, the Augusta Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church. The Rev. William Jefferson White, an Atlanta Baptist minister and cabinetmaker, founded the institution with the support of the Rev. Richard C. Coulter, a former slave from Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rev. Edmund Turney, organizer of the National Theological Institute for educating freedmen in Washington, D.C.

Under the direction of its first president, Dr. Joseph T. Robert, the Augusta Institute began to train African-American men for careers in ministry and teaching. In 1879, the institution moved from its home in Augusta to Atlanta’s Friendship Baptists Church, where its name was changed to Atlanta Baptist Seminary. Ten years later, Morehouse men and Spelman women would study together in the basement of the FBC, foreshadowing their future relationship as members of the Atlanta University Center.

In 1913, the school was renamed as Morehouse College, an undergraduate institution that would gain an international reputation for scholarship, leadership, and service. The Morehouse School of Medicine was founded in 1975, and today, the college and the medical school are recognized as the leading institutions of higher education for African-American men in the United States

College Admissions & Academics

The average Morehouse College student has a 3.6 GPA, a 1170 combined SAT score, and has completed 4 AP/IB courses before their freshman year. With such high standards, its no wonder that the school ranks among America’s Most Grueling Colleges (according to the Huffington Post). The Morehouse College admissions process is competitive, and for good reason: this all-male HBCU is known for producing African-American titans.

Morehouse College is one of the two HBCUs in the United States that have produced Rhodes Scholars, and to this day, Morehouse is the number one feeder school for black males who are entering Ivy League graduate programs. In pursuit of excellence, students have the option to choose one of 26 academic majors and participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities to set themselves up for success after graduation.

Morehouse College Athletics

As a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Morehouse College has seven varsity sports that students can participate in: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track & field. Many of the alumni who have participated in MC's athletics have built successful careers in professional sports, including Ramon Harewood, Harold Ellis, Isaac Keys, Edwin C. Moses, and Darrius Williams.

But during the fall semester, Morehouse College football is the most popular sport on campus. The school’s first game took place on September 24, 1983 between the Maroon Tigers and the Fisk University Bulldogs. Since then, the Morehouse College football team has traveled to stadiums around the country; during home games, they play at B.T. Harvey Stadium with the official Morehouse College mascot and thousands of enthusiastic fans.

Notable Alumni

Morehouse College’s notable alumni include:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was more than a Morehouse graduate: he was the most recognizable figure of the American Civil Rights Movement. King earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse when he was only 19 years old, and went on to pursue his B.Div. at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.
  • Spike Lee graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in mass communication. He went on to become an Emmy-award winning and Academy Award-nominated director of multiple films, including Malcom X and Do The Right Thing.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is a world-renowned actor and film producer who has appeared in more than 100 movies. Jackson graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Drama in 1972.

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