Created as part of an ironic, secretive agreement between two men – one, a former slave, and the other, a former slave owner – to provide African-Americans with an educational facility in exchange for their political support, Tuskegee University has advanced from humble beginnings into prominence and esteem as one of the South’s leading African-American universities. With famous African-American activist Booker T. Washington serving as one of its first teachers – who purchased the land that the college’s 5000-acre campus still rests on in Tuskegee, Alabama – Tuskegee University is today home to over 3,000 students and a large faculty.
Tuskegee University offers several degrees from five separate colleges that encompass many different majors. Students can pursue scientific majors such as the environmental sciences, biology, chemistry or nutrition. The College of Business offers courses in the computer sciences, economics & finance and management. Degrees are also available in advanced scientific subjects like aerospace science and engineering, as well as in the performing arts, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology, health and nursing, plus many others. Graduate programs are offered in around a dozen areas of study, including many of those that undergraduates can major in. A single Ph.D. program in bioscience is also available to students. Tuskegee University maintains Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs for both the Army and Air Force.
Tuskegee University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. SACS provides accreditation to institutions within an eleven-state area, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Some accreditation is also extended to parts of Latin America. (SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033 – (404)679-4500 – Fax: (404)679-4558).