Prairie View A&M University

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Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University seal.png
Former names
Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Benefit of Colored Youth
Prairie View University
Motto Our tradition. Your opportunity.
Type Public, HBCU
Established 1876
Endowment $69.2 million [1]
President George C. Wright
Academic staff
Students 8,343 (Fall 2014)[2]
Location Prairie View, Texas, United States
Colors Purple and Gold[3]
Athletics NCAA Division ISWAC
Sports 16 varsity sports teams
Nickname Panthers & Lady Panthers
Mascot Panther
Affiliations Texas A&M University System
PVAMU wordmark.png

Prairie View A&M University, commonly abbreviated PVAMU or PV, is a historically black university (HBCU) located in Prairie View, Texas, United States (northwest of Houston). PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 academic majors, 31 master’s degrees and 5 doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools. PVAMU is the second oldest state-sponsored institution of higher education in Texas and ranks second in the nation on CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index 2015 rankings.[4] The University is a member-school of the Texas A&M University System and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


The university offers academic programs through the following administrative units:

  • Roy G. Perry College of Engineering
  • Nathelyne A. Kennedy College of Architecture
  • Hobart Taylor College of Business
  • Marvin and June Brailesford College of Arts and Sciences
  • Wilhelmina Delco College of Education
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology
  • College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

In 2004, Prairie View A&M established the University Medical Academy (UMA) which is a rigorous pre-medical program designed to prepare and mentor academically talented undergraduate students for success in medical school.[5] UMA began as a result of a Texas legislative mandate in 2003 and is state funded with a mission to increase minority representation in the medical field and redress statewide physician shortages.[6]

Additionally, Prairie View A&M established an honors program for academically exceptional undergraduates who meet the specific SAT/ACT, GPA, and recommendation criteria.[7]

Prairie View A&M is consistently recognized as one of the top institutions in the country for producing the highest number of African-American architects and engineers by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.[8][9]

Prairie View A&M academic programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and each college within the university holds additional accreditation or certifications.[10]


The university sits on a 1,440-acre (5.8 km2) campus in Prairie View, Texas and is 47.4 miles (76.3 km) northwest of downtown Houston. The rural campus is often affectionately referred to as "The Hill" because it rests on a hill in the region.[11]


As of Fall 2014 the university enrolled 6,932 undergraduate students, 1,265 students in masters programs, and 146 in doctorate programs. 5,111 (61%) of the undergraduate students were female and 3,232 (39%) were male.[12] As of Fall 2014, of the 8,343 students enrolled, 6,958 (83%) were African-American, non-Hispanic; 267 (3%) were white, non-Hispanic; 420 (5%) were Hispanic; 234 (3%) were Asian; 33 were Native American or Alaska natives; 6 were Hawaiian; 144 (2%) were multiracial; 237 (3%) were "international;" and the ethnicity of 44 (1%) was unknown or unreported. The percentage of African-Americans had dropped from 86% in fall 2010 and the percentage of Hispanic and international students had increased slightly.[2] 7,682 (92%) of the students were from Texas, 456 (5%) were from other states, and 205 (2%) were from other countries.[13]

Student housing[edit]

Both student residence housing properties at PVAMU are owned and operated by American Campus Communities.[14][15] Freshmen students on campus may reside in the University College community. Upperclassmen may live in apartment style living in University Village[16] (phases I, II, III, VI, and VII). The first of these apartment buildings was built in 1995.[citation needed]

In 1998 ACC was awarded the contract to develop, build, and manage a student housing property at PVAMU.[17] University College opened in 2000. As of the fall of 2001, 40% of on-campus students lived at University College and the remaining 60% lived at University Village.[18]

Previous buildings that formerly housed students include Alexander Hall, Banks Hall, Buchanan Hall, Collins Hall, Drew Hall, L. O. Evans Hall, Fuller Hall, Holley Hall, and Suarez Hall. Suarez Hall was already closed in 1996. In 1997 Alexander Hall, Buchanan Hall, and Collins Hall had closed. In 1998 Holley Hall had closed. In 2000 Drew Hall, Evans Hall, and Fuller Hall had closed. During the same year, Alexander, Buchanan, and Holley had been demolished. In 2001 Banks Hall had closed.[18]


Prairie View A&M's many traditions are deeply rooted in its heritage as Texas's second oldest (Paul Quinn College was established in 1872) historically black university.

Student activities[edit]

Honda Campus All Star Challenge[edit]

The Prairie View Honda Campus All Challenge (HCASC) team won the National Championship in 2010 and 2015. The winning team in 2015 included Joseph Dowell, Captain, a senior from Killeen, Brannon Billings, a senior from Austin, Eric Johnston, a sophomore from Boerne, and Chayse Lavallais, a freshman from Houston, with Herbert Thomas, Career Placement Coordinator as the coach and Shahryar Syed, an Institutional Representative. The HCASC academic challenge and quiz bowl is the country’s answer to March Madness where academic excellence and quick intellectual wit is on display. The road to the final four begins in the fall from a field of 78 and narrowed down to the Great 48 of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Regional tournaments are held throughout the year with qualifying teams advancing. The PVAMU team is a charter member of the program which began in 1989 with Frederick V. Roberts, then Director of Student Activities at the university as the founding coach 1989-1996.


Athletics logo

Prairie View A&M University offers a wide variety of varsity and intramural sports programs.

Men's and women's athletic teams are nicknamed the Panthers and the team colors are purple and gold. Prairie View A&M is a charter member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and is a member of the West Division of the SWAC in sports since the conference is currently divided by two divisions (West and East). Prairie View competes in NCAA Division I in all varsity sports; in football, the Panthers play in the Division I FCS.

Prairie View's most notable rivals are Texas Southern University and Grambling State University.

Men's varsity sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track and field. Women's varsity sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.


In August 2016, Prairie View A&M completed the first phase of construction for its $60 million football stadium and athletic field house. The state-of-the-art facility is 55,000 square feet and holds up to 15,000 people. The second phase of construction will increase capacity to 30,000 people.[19]

PVAMU annual football classics include the Labor Day Classic versus Texas Southern. Also, the State Fair Classic in Dallas versus the Grambling State Tigers.

Men's basketball[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

The women's basketball team received national attention in 2005 with the naming of Cynthia Cooper as the head basketball coach. Cooper, a two-time WNBA MVP, led the Lady Panthers to the school's first ever SWAC title and NCAA Tournament berth in her second season as coach. Dawn Brown is the current women's coach. The Lady Panthers won the SWAC Tournament and NCAA berth for four consecutive years (2010-2014).

Women's outdoor track & field[edit]

The Lady Panther's Track and Field teams accumulated an unprecedented string of championships both indoor and outdoor. From 1965 to 1991 the Lady Panther's claimed 8 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) outdoor titles and 2 indoor titles; won national titles in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and the U.S. Track and Field Federation; won 8 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) cross country titles, nine indoor titles and five outdoor SWAC titles in track and field. In total the Lady Panther's won 23 SWAC championships

Coach Barbara Jacket was named SWAC Coach of the Year on 23 occasions and NAIA Coach of the Year five times and Jacket tutored 57 All-Americans. As coach of the 1992 U.S. Women's Olympic Track Team during the Olympics which ran from July 25 – August 9 in Barcelona, Spain, Ms. Jacket had the enviable task of coaching such greats as long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee and sprinters Gwen Torrance, Gail Devers, and Evelyn Ashford. The Women's team won overall 4 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, and 3 Bronze Medals more than any team since 1956. She was the second Black female to coach an Olympic team

Women's Bowling[edit]

In 2012, the Women’s Bowling Team of Prairie View A&M University—won its first SWAC Champions and National Tenpin Coaches Association Final National Poll 19th Place Overall—Brittney Wehmeier, Shanice Brown, Alexis Holmes, Roonesia Newsom, Ashle Reid, Tiandra Rice, Sharita Turner and Coach Glenn White. The team has since one the SWAC Championship in 2014 and 2015.


The Prairie View A&M Panther baseball team captured its first Southwestern Athletic Conference championship in the school's history and won back-to-back SWAC titles in 2006 and 2007. During the last five years, Prairie View A&M has made four consecutive appearances in the SWAC’s title game, finishing as the conference’s runner-up in 2005 and 2008. Prairie View A&M recently captured its third SWAC title in 2012, defeating Mississippi Valley State University.

Prior to a double header against the Texas Southern Tigers, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the renovated baseball stadium on April 26, 2014. Along with the opening, the stadium was formally dedicated to former Panthers baseball coach, John W. Tankersley. The renovated stadium features seating for 512 including 192 chair backed seats, new concession stand, new restrooms, press box, and bricked dugouts. The stadium is also Wi-Fi enabled.[20] The Panthers dedicated the stadium sweeping the double header winning 9-0 and 7-4.[21]

Marching band[edit]

Marching Storm Leadership
Dr. Timmey Zachery Current Director of Bands
Ricardo Brown Assistant Director (Brass)
Ralph Chapman Assistant Director (Woodwind)
Loran Bailey Assistant Director/Percussion Assistant
Mrs. Shawn Zachery Interim Black Foxes Director/Coordinator
Mrs. Shanita Jeffery Staff Assistant (Office Manager)

The university's official marching band is referred to as the Marching Storm and supports the Delta Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity along with the Epsilon Psi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority. Past performances include President George W. Bush’s 2001 Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., the 2004 Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game, the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase in Atlanta, Georgia and during the 2011 Super Bowl XLV halftime show with The Black eyed Pea's.

The marching band traveled to the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California and performed in the opening act in front of the grandstands for the world-wide television audience.[22] In Summer 2009, the Marching Storm mourned the death of their leader, Professor George Edwards. Students affectionately referred to him as "Prof" and will forever be remembered in their hearts.

Visit the PV Marching Storm Website for more information.[23]

Black Foxes

The Marching Storm is joined by the Black Foxes, the university majorette/dance line.

The McFunk B.O.X.

The McFunk B.O.X. is the nickname for the drumline. "The B.O.X.", as they are affectionately called for short, was the first black collegiate showstyle drumline to incorporate a feature in the middle of a halftime show. The B.O.X. made their debut in the fall season of 1989 and as of 2013, referred to as M.S.D.

Campus Organizations[edit]

All nine members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council are represented at PVAMU. Though not a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Kappa Kappa Psi a national Honorary Band Fraternity, was the first Greek organization to have a chapter on campus. Sigma Lambda Gamma, a multicultural sorority, also has a chapter.

Student organizations There are more than 150 organizations registered at the university representing various interests to include academic, honor societies, volunteer causes, political, special interests, etc. These organizations make up the social, political and economical structure of the university. If an organization does not exist to match the student's interest, students are encouraged to form the organization.

See also[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Hise Austin 1973 former NFL defensive


Sebastian Barrie 1992 former NFL defensive tackle [24]
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke 2005 former WNBA player, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, published author, and Head Coach of the USC women's basketball team [25]
Zelmo Beaty professional basketball player in the NBA and ABA from 1962 to 1975
Julius W. Becton, Jr. 1960 Lieutenant General US Army, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director, educator, and past president of PVAMU
Sandra Bland 2009 Black Lives Matter activist
Dr. J. Don Boney 1948 First president of the University of Houston–Downtown [26]
Charlie Brackins 1955 one of the first African-American NFL quarterbacks [27]
Kirko Bangz (real name Kirk Randle) Did not graduate Hip-Hop artist [28]
Col. Anthony Mitchell 1991 First African-American to command the St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers [29]
David L. Brewer III 1970 Retired vice admiral of the United States Navy and superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (2006-2008) [30]
Charles Brown 1942 Legendary blues recording artist and member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [31]
Emanuel Cleaver 1972 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 5th district of Missouri since 2005 [32]
Cecil Cooper Did not graduate 5-time MLB All-Star who played first baseman from 1971 to 1987, Houston Astros manager from 2007 to 2009 [33]
Clem Daniels 1959 former NFL running back [34]
Dorrough (real name Dorwin Demarcus Dorrough) Did not graduate Rapper [35]
Terry Ellis 1990 vocalist and member of female R&B group En Vogue [36]
Clement Glenn 1986 (BBA)
1988 (MBA)
2010 Democratic candidate for Texas Governor; current associate professor of education at Prairie View A&M [37][38]
Adrian Hamilton 2012 Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL since 2012
Ken Houston 1966 Member Pro Football Hall of Fame, 13-year career as strong safety with Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins
Louise Daniel Hutchinson Historian [39]
Jim Kearney 1964 Defensive back in the NFL and AFL from 1965 to 1976
Jermaine McGhee 2007 former NFL defensive end
Jim Mitchell 1968 former NFL tight end [40]
Sidney A. McPhee President of Middle Tennessee State University
Thomas Monroe 1990 AFL Ironman of the Year
Frederick D. Patterson founder of United Negro College Fund
DJ Premier (real name Christopher Edward Martin) Did not graduate member of Gang Starr [41]
Inez Beverly Prosser 1913 the first African-American woman to receive a doctoral degree in psychology [42]
Dewey Redman jazz saxophonist
Alvin Reed 1966 former NFL tight end [43]
Clay Smothers member of the Texas House of Representatives from Dallas County from 1977 to 1981; operator of St. Paul Industrial Training School in Malakoff, Texas [44]
Quinton Spears 2011 current NFL linebacker
James H. Stewart member of the Texas House of Representatives from Robertson County from 1885 to 1887 [45]
Mr. T (real name Laurence Tureaud) Did not graduate Actor who played B. A. Baracus in The A-Team [46]
Otis Taylor former NFL wide receiver and member of 1969 World Champion Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame
Calvin Waller 1959 U.S. Army General and Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Persian Gulf War [47]
Craig Washington 1966 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 18th district of Texas from 1989 to 1994 [48]
Craig Watkins 1990 District attorney of Dallas County, Texas since 2007 [49]
Mark Hanna Watkins 1926 Linguist and Anthropologist; first African-American to be awarded a Ph.D. in anthropology; first American to write a grammar of an African language [50]
Dave Webster 1959 Former American Football League All-Pro football player for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs, Prairie View A&M University Hall of Fame inductee and one of the first blacks to play professional football in the American Football League.
James E. White 1986 Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Tyler County [51]
Clarence Williams 1968 former NFL defensive end [52]
Tequelia Lewis 2012 Current 2016 Miss Black and Natural, ref=[53]


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