May 29, 2024  
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

About Us

Mission Statement

Coppin State University, a Historically Black Institution in a dynamic urban setting, serves a multi-generational student population and provides education opportunities while promoting lifelong learning. The university fosters leadership, social responsibility, civic and community engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and economic development.


Founded in 1900 as a one-year training program, Coppin State University evolved over its history from a one-year training program to the Fannie Jackson Coppin Normal School (1926), and Coppin Teachers College (1930), grew into a comprehensive College (1970), which became Coppin State College of the University System of Maryland (USM) in 1988. And by 2004, Coppin State College became a University; and thus emerged as a Historically Black, four- year Liberal Arts University offering 23 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate degree majors. Coppin is now comprised of the Honors College, College of Professional Studies, College of Art, Science and Education, College of Business and College of Health Professions. The excellence of the University lies within the quality of its academic programs and the strength of its faculty and staff. Within the USM, Coppin State University has the unique mission of focusing on the problems, needs, and aspirations of the people of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area as well as the Nation.

Campus Facilities

Coppin’s tree-lined, 65 acre campus is located in West Baltimore on West North Avenue, a quiet setting in a busy city. It is emerging as a comprehensive institution of higher education with a strong sense of commitment to provide a variety of public service programs for the community. In 2010, Coppin Created the Facilities Master Plan: 2009-2019. It was initiated and developed by Coppin’s Campus and Capital Projects team, formerly Office of Capital Planning. In conjunction with consultants and the campus community, which includes faculty, staff, students, and inclusive assessment of the institution. As stated in the plan, assessment of the University’s current and projected facility needs was based on an observation of current use and condition of existing facilities, enrollment growth, academic programs, technology, and articulation of its mission, strategic direction and future projections in compliance with approved guidelines. The campus has a variety of buildings which include academic and instructional support facilities, residential and auxiliary support facilities, sports and recreation, administrative support facilities and a nursing center. Coppin has also upgraded its safety and security measures on campus by providing blue light emergency phones and state-of-the-art PTZ cameras. Please review the following and the attached campus map to get a sense of Coppin’s charming grounds.

Grace Hill Jacobs Office/Classroom Building (OCL) (69,910 NASF/140855 GSF), constructed in 1977. The OCL (Office Classroom Lab) building houses the School of Business, the School of Graduate Studies. Thereby providing classrooms, a large lecture hall, academic support, computer labs and other facilities.

James Weldon Johnson Auditorium Building (17,971 NASF/36,265 GSF), constructed in 1972, houses a 1,000 seat auditorium, classrooms, offices for faculty and staff, music rooms and an art gallery.

Percy Julian Science Building (35,100 NASF/64,390 GSF) constructed in 1967 and renovated in 1989, is scheduled to undergo new renovations in FY 2019. The core facilities problem for the University is the need to find a permanent home for the College of Business (COB) and School of Graduate Studies. The proposed renovated facility will support: state-of the-art smart classrooms, abs, research space, faculty offices, academic departments, academic/business resource centers, student support services, lounge, storage, etc. that would address critical needs in the professional disciplines comprising the College of Business and provide a focus for the University’s graduate education mission. The building will continue to house the two and three-dimensional art studios and related faculty offices until such future time when these facilities can re co-located with other art facilities in the proposed Creative and Performing Arts Center.

Health and Human Services (94,313 NASF/168,106 GSF) was constructed in 2008. The new facility is designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities including classrooms, labs, offices, diagnostic & treatment clinical services, and early childhood demonstration suite, and other spaces to support the University’s academic programs. These programs include: The College of Health Professions, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies and Honors College.

Parlett L. Moore Library (39,186 NASF/85,521 GSF), constructed in 1961 and expanded in 1975, houses over 100,000 items in its collection and houses smart classrooms/labs, open computer lab and workstations, offices and administrative staff and meeting rooms.

Physical Education Complex (NASF/246,359 GSF) was completed in spring 2010. The new state-of-the-art facility includes space for the University’s Physical Education program, indoor/outdoor sports and recreational facilities, maintenance and related functions, and a Satellite Central Utility Plant (SCUP#2, northern campus). Adjacent to this facility is an outdoor track, tennis courts and athletic fields. The new physical education wing includes a basketball arena with 4,100 seats, and eight lane competitive pool, aerobics and weight training rooms, an auxiliary gym, multipurpose space, racquetball courts, classrooms/labs, and appropriate support facilities.

J. Millard Tawes Center (34,587 NASF/55,940 GSF) was constructed in 1966 and expanded in 1978. This building houses the new Coppin Café, bookstore, Career Placement Center, student lounges, snack area, fast food outlet (Subway), offices for administrative staff and student leaders and meeting rooms.

Dedmond Residence Hall (1992) and Daley Residence Hall (2001) (61,892 NASF/89371 GSF and 73,962 NASF/108,360 GSF respectively), can accommodate approximately 600 residences. The resident halls also house lounges and computer laboratories.

The Talon Center (28,544 NASF/42,965 GAF) was constructed in 2003.The facility houses a dining hall, café, meeting room and the President’s official conference room.

The Miles Washington Connor Administration Building (21.606 NASF/44,394 GSF) houses the administrative offices for Academic Affairs, Admissions, Administration and Finance, Institutional Advancement and Information Technology. The 21,606 square-foot building was constructed in 1978.

Frances L. Murphy Center (20,555 NASF/36,270 GSF), constructed in 1961 as a demonstration school, the center was renovated in the winter of 2010 to house Coppin Academy (Baltimore City Charter High School9-12).

The Quad renovation enhances the center of the campus by providing a destination point for students, faculty and staff. The quad offers a new water feature with fiber optic lighting, benches, shade trellis with seating, granite donor wall, audio/video system (movie night or concerts), outdoor classroom and outdoor seating for the Coppin Café). Since most of the quad is now green space, we were able to reduce our storm water run-off in this area by 50%. The quad also utilizes a water collection system that provides water for the automatic irrigation system. Water is collected from the HVAC condensing units on top of the Library and directed to the underground cisterns. The new quad also has dark sky fixtures that reduces light pollution. The use of recycled, renewable and local material helped to achieve our sustainable goals.

Science and Technology Center (STC) (72,501 NASF/140.887 GSF) occupied in the fall of 2015, is a continuation project of the southern campus expansion acquisition and construction of a new academic building to house Natural Sciences’ academic and industrial research programs, biology, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, general sciences, and environmental sciences, preparing students to enter professional schools of dentistry, pharmacy, medicine or to pursue careers in industry of science and technology. The STC also includes new academic space to support Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Office of Information Technology. This building provides focus on the University’s highest quality educational mission to students, faculty providing state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls, computer labs, science labs, research areas, multi-disciplinary workshops, technical support spaces, office spaces, and other support services traditional to academic science and technology buildings. The new STC provides a state-of-the-art technology based learning environment; which builds an academic identity for Coppin’s commitment to the academic disciplines and professional practices associated with science and technology.

Elevator Stair Tower Addition The main features of the tower are the lobby, stair tower, elevator and shaft, security emergency call box and cameras, electronic door access, lighting, interior finishes, and landscaping site improvements. There is also an extension of Loop Road to North Avenue. This addition allows safe overhead pedestrian access between the north and south campuses.