Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tuskegee University was established in 1881 by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Alabama. Its founder and first principal was Booker T. Washington. From its beginning in a one room shanty on an abandoned cotton plantation, it has become 4,500 acres of land with more than 155 buildings serving some 3,500 students from 40 states and 54 foreign countries. Tuskegee University is a research based university with an international reputation. It is private, non-sectarian, and has historically served the needs of black students. Graduate study is offered by five major instructional units - College of Arts and Sciences, Schools of Agriculture and Home Economics; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Veterinary Medicine. The Master of Science, The Master of Education and The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are offered. Tuskegee offers an internship and Cooperative Education Program through the Office of Career Development and Placement Services Center. Graduate programs of study and special programs are also offered. Dormitory accommodations are available for men and women. Students may room alone at additional cost. They may also select their own roommates or be assigned to them. Telephone service is available in residence hall rooms at nominal rates. The Library system consists of the main library and department libraries in the School of Veterinary Medicine and in the School of Engineering and Architecture. The collection in all libraries numbers in excess of 245,000 volumes, 1,200 periodicals, and some 28 foreign and domestic newspapers.
The Washington Collection and Archives, consisting of manuscripts, books, rare books, photographs, and other artifacts by and about Africa and Afro-Americans, contains more than 100,000 items and constitutes one of the few vary strong collections of its kind in existence. Tuskegee was the first black college to be designated a National Historic Landmark and the first black college to be designated a National Historic Site. Special features in Tuskegee's program include: The George Washington Carver Museum (named for the distinguished scientist who worked at Tuskegee); the George Washington Carver Research Foundation; and the Job Corps Program, designed to provide disadvantaged youth with useful job training and employment.