PVAMU is a member of the Texas A&M University System. It’s the first state-supported college in Texas for African Americans, located in Prairie View, Texas. Conceptualized in the Texas Constitution of 1876, the school was established as a separate school for colored children. Originally named the Alta Vista Agriculture & Mechanical College of Texas for Colored Youth, the school welcomed eight young African American men as the first students–the first of their race to enroll in a state-supported college in Texas. The school was named Prairie View University by 1945, authorized to offer, “as need arises,” all courses offered at the University of Texas. During the university’s 130-year history, some 46,000 academic degrees have been awarded.
Notable Alumni Include: Hip Hop artist, Kirko Bangz; Blues legend, Charles Brown; and comedienne, Loni Love.