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Chowan University

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Motto  Lux et Veritas
Type  Private
President  M. Christopher White
Acceptance rate  59.8% (2014)
Phone  +1 252-398-6500
Colors  White, Chowan Blue
Motto in English  Light and Truth
Established  1848
Undergraduate tuition and fees  22,900 USD (2015)
Mascot  Murf the Hawk
Number of students  1,532
Chowan University
Affiliation  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
Address  1 University Place, Murfreesboro, NC 27855, USA
Notable alumni  Mark Royals, Nate McMillan, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, George Koonce, Jerry Holmes
Similar  Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C Smith University, Virginia Union University, University of Mount Olive
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Chowan /ˈwɔːn/ University is a small private university of about 1500 students located in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, United States. The school is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, though it accepts students of all backgrounds. It is the second-oldest Baptist school in North Carolina. The University offers both Associate's and Bachelor's degrees in 70 academic disciplines and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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History

Chowan was founded by Dr. Godwin Cotton Moore in 1848 as Chowan Baptist Female Institute, a four-year women's college. It traces its roots to the Hertford Academy. The McDowell Columns building, which houses the administrative offices of the college, was constructed in 1851. Between 1850-1867, the school changed names to the Chowan Female Collegiate Institute, then switched back to the Chowan Baptist Female Institute.

The school was renamed Chowan College in 1910 when it began awarding baccalaureate degrees, and began admitting male students in 1931. Financial strain from the effects of the Great Depression forced the school to become a two-year institution in 1937. In 1992 the college returned to four-year status when it admitted a junior class. The school's Board of Trustees elected to officially change the name to Chowan University on April 6, 2006, and the change in status took place on September 1, 2006.

Academics

Over 70 academic programs, an honors college, study abroad, research opportunities, internships. Many of Chowan's programs are nationally accredited, and Chowan University was featured in US News and World Report.

An academic assistance program and tutoring center provide academic assistance for the entire student population. Student tutors and the academic assistance team work one-on-one with students.

The school currently boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1 with the majority of that faculty holding doctorates in their respective fields from premier institutions.

Athletics

Chowan changed affiliation to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division II and is also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association. Chowan previously competed in the USA South Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. The school's original mascot, adopted in the 1940s, was the Braves; but due to NCAA policy on Native American mascots, the school changed its mascot in 2006 to the Hawks.

Coach James Garrison was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He was the Chowan College football coach for 43 years. Coach Garrison won 182 games (third among junior college coaches) and was 7-time Conference Coach of the Year. 35 players were NJCAA All-Americans. The last football team to post a winning record was the 1999 Chowan team which finished 5-4.

Bob Burke, "all-time winningest coach in Chowan's basketball history," had a 337-124 record.

Chowan University has the following athletic teams: Women's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, and Cheerleading.

On September 24, 2007, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, established in 1912 and the oldest black athletic conference in United States, announced that Chowan would join the conference for its 2008 football season. Chowan will initially enter the conference to participate in only football. Before the addition of Chowan, the CIAA consisted only of historically African-American institutions of higher education. In joining the CIAA (which sponsors 16 men’s and women’s championships annually), Chowan continues its membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. In October 2008, the CIAA Board of Trustees voted to accept Chowan University as a full member of the CIAA. Chowan accepted, and thus became the first non-HBCU member of the CIAA, and will participate in all sports officially for the 2009 fall season.

Other notable former students

  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, confessed planner of the September 11 attacks. Mohammed transferred to NC A&T after only one semester.
  • References

    Chowan University Wikipedia


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