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Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University seal.svg
Motto Scientia Principatus Opera
Motto in English
Knowledge, Leadership, Service
Type Private historically black land-grant university
Established July 4, 1881; 142 years ago (1881-07-04)
Academic affiliations
Endowment $126.9 million (2018)
President Charlotte P. Morris
Academic staff
263 Full-time and 45 Part-time (Spring 2022)
Students 2,877 (Fall 2019)
Undergraduates 2,395 (Fall 2019)
Postgraduates 482 (Fall 2019)
Location , ,
United States

32°25′48.76″N 85°42′27.81″W / 32.4302111°N 85.7077250°W / 32.4302111; -85.7077250
Campus Rural, 5,200 acres (2,100 ha)
Colors Crimson and gold
Nickname Golden Tigers
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II – SIAC
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Tuskegee University is a private, historically black land-grant university in Tuskegee, Alabama. The campus is designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site by the National Park Service. The university was home to scientist George Washington Carver and to World War II's Tuskegee Airmen.

Tuskegee University offers 43 bachelor's degree programs, including a five-year accredited professional degree program in architecture, 17 master's degree programs, and 5 doctoral degree programs, including the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The university is home to nearly 3,000 students from around the U.S. and over 30 countries.

The university's campus was designed by architect Robert Robinson Taylor, the first African American to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in conjunction with David Williston, the first professionally trained African-American landscape architect.

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Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability
Chalmers Archer 1972 author of "Growing Up Black in Mississippi" and "Green Berets in the Vanguard"
Claude Albert Barnett 1906 Founder of the Associated Negro Press
Robert Beck 1970s writer known as Iceberg Slim
Bradford Bennett Negro League outfielder/second baseman
Amelia Boynton Robinson 1927 international civil and human rights activist, the first woman from Alabama to run for United States Congress in 1964 (affectionately known as "Queen Mother Amelia"), best known for her role in the "Bloody Sunday" event in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965
William A. Campbell 1937 a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who rose to the rank of Colonel
Charles William Carpenter 1909 Baptist minister and civil rights activist
Carl Henry Clerk 1925 Gold Coast educator, administrator, journalist, editor, Presbyterian minister and fourth Synod Clerk, Presbyterian Church of the Gold Coast
Alice Marie Coachman 1942 athlete who specialized in high jump, and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal
The Commodores 70s R&B band whose members met while attending Tuskegee
George Williamson Crawford lawyer and city official in New Haven, Connecticut
Leon Crenshaw former NFL player
General Oliver W. Dillard retired Army major general, Silver Star recipient in Korea – 1950
Milton C. Davis 1971 lawyer who researched and advocated for the pardon of Clarence Norris, the last surviving Scottsboro Boy
Cecile Hoover Edwards B.A. 1946, M.A. 1947 Nutritional researcher and government consultant
Ralph Ellison scholar, author of Invisible Man
Chauncey Eskridge 1939 lawyer for Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali
Vera King Farris 1959 President of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey from 1983–2003
Isaac Fisher educator, taught at Hampton University and Fisk University
Drayton Florence NFL defensive back
Lovett Fort-Whiteman political activist and Comintern functionary
Manet Harrison Fowler 1913 singer, founder of Mwalimu School in Harlem, president of Texas Association of Negro Musicians
Alexander N. Green U.S. Representative from Texas's 9th congressional district
Winston C. Hackett First African-American physician in Arizona
Ken Howell 1982 former Major League Baseball pitcher
Charlotte Moton Hubbard 1931 first black woman to serve as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the U.S.
Marvalene Hughes president of Dillard University
General Daniel "Chappie" James 1942 US Air Force Fighter pilot, in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star General
Lonnie Johnson (inventor) inventor of the Super Soaker, former NASA aerospace engineer
Ken Jordan former NFL player
Tom Joyner 1971 radio host whose daily program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, is syndicated across the United States and heard by over 10 million radio listeners.
John A. Lankford 20th century architect
Marion Mann 1940 former dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University and US Army Brigadier General (retired)
Claude McKay 1912 Jamaican writer and poet, Harlem Renaissance
Marilyn Mosby 2002 State's Attorney in Baltimore, MD
Albert Murray 1939 literary and jazz critic, novelist, and biographer
Ray Nagin 1978 former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
Dimitri Patterson NFL player
Dr. Ptolemy A. Reid 1955 Prime Minister of Guyana (1980–1984)
Rich Boy Rapper
Lionel Richie R&B singer, Grammy Award winner
Lawrence E. Roberts a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and a colonel in The United States Air Force
John Robinson (aviator) early aviator and colonel in the Imperial Ethiopian Air Force against Fascist Italy during WWII
Tammarrian Rogers Forbes' World's Top 50 Women In Tech
George C. Royal 1943 microbiologist who is currently professor emeritus at Howard University
Roderick Royal president of the Birmingham City Council
Jessica A. Scoffield 2002 microbiologist and professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Betty Shabazz wife of Malcolm X
Jake Simmons Jr. 1919 oil broker and civil rights advocate
Roscoe Simmons 1899 columnist for the Chicago Tribune
Danielle Spencer television actress best known as Dee from the 1970s TV show What's Happening!!
McCants Stewart 1896 lawyer, first African American to practice law in Oregon
Frank Walker NFL defensive back
Keenen Ivory Wayans actor, comedian, and television producer
Alfreda Johnson Webb 1943 First African-American woman in the North Carolina General Assembly (1972)
Jack Whitten abstract painter
Dr. David Wilson president of Morgan State University
Roosevelt Williams (gridiron football) 2000 former NFL player for the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets
Ken Woodard former NFL player
Edward Woolridge Negro League infielder
Elizabeth Evelyn Wright educator and humanitarian, founder of Voorhees College

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