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About Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University: Academic Footprint




Prairie View A & M University
FM 1098 Road & University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446
General information: (936) 261-3311
Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered: Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting: Town: Distant
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 9,516 (8,524 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1

Establishment – 1876

Prairie View A&M University, the first state supported College in Texas for African Americans, was established during the Reconstruction Period after the Civil War. This was an historical period in which political and economic special interest groups were able to aggressively use the Federal Government to establish public policy, in an attempt to “alter or reshape the cultural milieu of the vanquished southern states”. The University had its beginnings in the Texas Constitution of 1876, which, in separate articles, established an “Agricultural and Mechanical College” and pledged that “Separate schools shall be provided for the white and colored children, and impartial provisions shall be made for both.” As a consequence of these constitutional provisions, the Fifteenth Legislature established “Alta Vista Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youth” on August 14,1876.

Head of Reference and Information Services Department, Librarian II

John B. Coleman Library
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 519, MS 1040, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Physical Address: L.W. Minor St. / University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Reference: (936) 261-1535, Circulation: (936) 261-1542

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