Impressions Of
Morehouse College

Academic Experience

Non-Binary Computer Science Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
They definitely helped reshape my mind to think more professionally about how to solve certain software issues and program certain things. I’ve learned how to separate things into small steps and then program them as neatly and efficiently as possible. In terms of poorly, some professors don’t go through the content as thoroughly so you have to teach it to yourself outside of the classroom. But, that’s probably the only complaint I have.

How has going to an HBCU impacted your academic experience?
I think it has a pretty positive impact. I went to a predominantly White school from kindergarten through 12th grade, and being here is the first time being at a predominantly Black school. I’m really appreciative for that because at my predominantly White school I was always trying really hard not to be a Black stereotype and I don’t think I really shared my full self with a lot of my friends there. Coming here, it’s full of people who look just like me so I never had to worry about being a stereotype, so being at an HBCU I’ve been able to learn more about myself and find what I like and what I don’t like.

Male Economics Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s more collaborative. It depends on the individuals you’re in class with, but most of the time it’s collaborative because everybody wants to work together to get to one solution. I haven’t faced too much competition in the classroom.

How accessible are your professors?
For the most part, they’re accessible 24/7. There are some times when they have family obligations because they are human, but the rest of the time they are accessible.

How has going to an HBCU impacted your academic experience?
Growing up, I was from a Black area but I went to a predominately White school my whole life. The high school was competitive, especially among the limited number of African-American students we had because everybody was trying to be number one. Being in an environment where it’s majority Black, it’s more of a relaxing and relatable environment.

Male Economics Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
Because it’s such a tight-knit department, there is a sense of camaraderie. You’re pretty much taking classes with the same people and all the professors know you. If you need help get something done for your paper or need to learn certain information, they will recommend you to other professors in the department who are experts in that area. The professors are also very understanding. They won’t just fail you, they’re going to try to work with you. They understand that this is somewhat a difficult field and help you understand it and not just [regurgitate] the information.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s collaborative in the Economics department. I can’t speak for other majors, but the epitome of the Morehouse brotherhood is in the Economics department. We all group up together and work on the lab project and study together for the exam at this time. We also have group discussions in class about economic issues happening in the real world and the professors encourage us to talk amongst ourselves.

Social Opportunities

Non-Binary Computer Science Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
If there’s a festival in Atlanta or something going on on-campus, I usually like to go to those with a few friends and hang out there. In the beginning of the year, there are a lot of things going on, like, we have Black Pride and regular Pride, and there is Dragon-Con and Anime Weekend in Atlanta. So, there are a lot of festivals and conventions going on. Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit lazier, I’ll just stay in and try to get some homework done. Usually, I’m going to a festival or going to an event, party, or something hosted by an AUC person.

How has being LGBTQ+ influenced your nightlife experience? Is there much of an LGBTQ+ nightlife scene at Morehouse or in Atlanta?
There isn’t a Queer nightlife scene on campus but there is one in Atlanta. I have a lot of friends who have participated in it, but I haven’t done so myself. I’m trying to be more involved in it, but I don’t really get involved in the nightlife in Atlanta. There’s definitely a Queer community in the AUC and the clubs and organizations will have events from time to time, but I wouldn’t say there is a Queer nightlife on campus.

How happy are you with the options for weekend activities at Morehouse? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m pretty okay with it. If I was able to change something, I would like to have more Queer spaces to go to on the weekends and more Queer safe spaces on campus where we could all get together and eat food and watch movies.

Male Economics Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
I just go to a friend’s apartment or hang out in my room. I was a party person my freshman year because I didn’t want to do it in high school and I wanted to experience it, but I think it’s overrated. There is too much time spent waiting in line to go to a party and too many five dollars spent to get in. Unless a friend of mine is throwing it, I don’t go to parties.

What kind of things do you and your friends like to do in Atlanta?
We’ll sometimes go to Ponce City Market to walk through or go to Centennial Park and take in the scenery.

How happy are you with the options for weekend activities at Morehouse? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I think they should have more things to do on campus. I want something to do on campus besides go to a pageant, a stroll show, or a Greek event. I wish there were other things to do on campus because I’m not Greek and going to pageants and stroll shows are just watching other people have fun. Greek life, pageants, and stroll shows pretty much dominate campus activities. If you’re a freshman coming in it’s new and exciting but the novelty wears off.

Male English Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in?
Freshman year people will have parties in their halls. Other than that, there are 21+ and 18+ clubs you can go to. There are also a lot of house parties. People will post on Instagram, “Hey I’m having a party, guys pay $5 girls are free,” or something like that. People from Clark, Spelman, and Morehouse will go to those parties.

What are some of your favorite events that happen at Morehouse?
Homecoming is the biggest deal. Everybody and their momma come back for homecoming [laughs]. It’s basically a big cookout across the whole campus. People will then go to the homecoming football game. It’s a whole day thing that starts at 8AM and goes until people want to leave.

How happy are you with the options for weekend activities at Morehouse? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m fairly happy. I’ve been here for three years so I know what to expect. You love it your freshman year, but once you get into your school work you realize you can’t go out every weekend. Overall, it’s fairly good.

How has being at an HBCU impacted your weekend options?
There’s definitely a different culture. It’s something that I personally enjoy more. The music is better. Your freshman year you go places with your hallmates and you get closer to them that way. The hall-culture is something that I like about it too.

Campus Culture

Non-Binary Computer Science Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene?
It’s a very social school. There are always events and parties going on. If you want to do something, there’s always something you can find because, usually, some organization is throwing a party or some kind of social gathering. On Wednesdays, we have Hump Wednesdays where there is a DJ who plays music and some organizations on campus advertising for their group and people selling merchandise and food. Then on Thursdays Clark Atlanta has Market Thursdays where there is also a DJ and people selling merchandise, and the same thing happens on Friday at Spelman. So, at least three days a week there’s a social event going on.

Morehouse in terms of undergraduate enrollment? [There are about 2,200 students.]
I think it’s a pretty good size. It’s a pretty small school which makes it so pretty much everybody knows everybody so we have a good close community that I really appreciate. It’s nice to talk to somebody about knowing somebody on campus and they know them too.

Male Economics Major C/O 2020

How do you feel going to an HBCU impacts your social experience?
It’s definitely given me a better look and hope for the future. Seeing people that look like me striving for things greater than I am striving for is impactful and motivates me. I’m able to walk around campus and be myself and talk the way I talk when I’m home. I don’t have to code-switch with anybody because everybody, for the most part, understands what I’m saying.

How would you describe the overall social scene?
It’s unique. I feel like the social scene here can fit anybody. From what I’ve seen, there’s not a lot of judgment when it comes to individuals on campus. You’ll see men express themselves in whatever way they feel best fits them and nobody judges them for that to their face. The plus of being at Morehouse is you have a safe space for you to express yourself and the way you feel.

Male English Major C/O 2020

How did you meet your closest friends?
Mostly through my freshman hall. I’ve also made friends through clubs, classes, and just sitting in the cafeteria not doing anything cracking jokes. Being active on your freshman hall can really make your experience at Morehouse way better. You’re able to spread out and see what you like and what you don’t like.

How do you like the size of your school in terms of undergraduate enrollment?
Because we don’t have the best retention rate, the size of your class won’t be the same year over year. [The six-year graduation rate for students who entered in 2011 was about 55%.] I don’t pay attention to the size because it’s not going to be the same from your freshman year to senior year. It’s a fairly small school and a fairly small campus, but we share our campus with Clark Atlanta and partially share a campus with Spelman, so you can venture over to another school and not even know.

Atlanta University Center, GA

Pros of

  • “For Black people, especially if you don’t come from a family with connections, this place can give you the advantage of connections that a lot of people never have to reach another socio-economic bracket. You can network with people from Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta and you meet so many people who came from here who want to help you out.” [22% of Morehouse students move up two or more income quintiles.]
  • “It’s great to be in a Black space as a young Black man. Atlanta is growing into the new Black space, so you’ll see celebrities in Lenox Mall, which is a luxury mall near campus.” [About 50% of the population of Atlanta is Black.]
  • “Being in the Atlanta University Center [Consortium]. If you don’t want to be at Morehouse, you can go to [Clark Atlanta University] or Spelman. Even if you don’t want to be in the AUC, Georgia State and Georgia Tech are maybe 10 minutes away from us. They will come to us and we will go to them too.”

Cons of

  • “There’s not much to do around the AUC. You have to go further off-campus to actually enjoy some of the attractions of Atlanta.”
  • “The AUC is a food desert, and the Wal-Mart in the AUC is not as good as it should be. There are a lot of fast-food options, but not a lot of healthy things.”
  • “Morehouse College is [about a mile] from Mercedes-Benz Stadium. I can see the stadium from out my window. Traffic from big events can get really hectic.”
  • “We’re not in the safest space sometimes. We’ve been told [AUC students are targeted in crimes].”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Non-Binary Computer Science Major C/O 2020

What is something a prospective LGBTQ+ student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
There is definitely a community here on campus that will keep you safe. But, also be careful with people who know your sexuality or gender identity because they won’t try to harm you, but they will talk about you.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
The housing and building infrastructure because we have pretty old buildings and a lot of them are pretty outdated. They won’t show you that on the tour, so just make sure you know that the building and dorm infrastructure isn’t that pretty.

Male Economics Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Morehouse before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew that Morehouse is more of a life institution or a career institution rather than just a college or university. Your college experience is not going to be anything like Van Wilder or Animal House, it’s a lot of time spent in the classroom and also hearing people speak, going to meetings and collecting business cards, and going to career workshops. I knew that it was going to be hard and that was going to be a factor because of the prestige and the stereotype of being a Morehouse Man, but I wish I would’ve known how much it would play into it.

What does a “Morehouse Man” mean to you?
When I was in high school, I told my teacher that I was considering going to Morehouse and she said I seemed like a Morehouse Man because I spoke well, conducted myself well, and read a lot. Before I even was at Morehouse, I knew that Morehouse Men conducted themselves in a certain way.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
Go look inside the dorms if you get a chance and have that in your mind so you know how you’ll be living if you come here. It’s not very glamorous.

Male English Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Morehouse before entering as a freshman?
I wish I knew how to properly apply for scholarships. I also wish I knew what clubs to join and not to join because sometimes stuff is a lot of fluff but not a lot of substance.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
On a good day, I would just say look around campus and be conscious of where you are. A lot of times you will see brothers are walking around and talking. Pay attention to the social life, so how people interact with each other on campus. On a sunny day, people will be out more than on a rainy day. Make sure to look at the social life and campus life.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Morehouse College

To Attend

  • “The brotherhood. You have so many great brothers who have attended before you and so many great brothers who will attend after you.”
  • “The overall experience of being at an HBCU. You might not think that it’s diverse because it’s an HBCU, but people come from all walks of life to Morehouse and it’s a beautiful thing to see. To be in a Black space as a Black person, it’s a great place to learn about yourself and your culture and heritage.” [Between 2014-2016, 65% of students came from the South, with about 12% coming from the Northeast and about 13% coming from the Midwest.]
  • “In the Black community, Morehouse Men are really praised. We are praised by some, not by all, and I feel like we could do more to enhance that among younger generations. Especially with older people, it’s admirable and respected to be a Morehouse Man. If you come to Morehouse, you will be in a special class of men who have been historically great.”
  • “It’s an HBCU and going to an HBCU is an experience that affects your life and your future in many positive ways.”

To Not Attend

  • “The financial aid office is hard to work with.” [HBCU’s across the country have been struggling financially.]
  • “The housing isn’t that great.”
  • “If you’re more of an introvert, you’re not going to have the best experience because, although it’s very academic, the school really encourages you to branch out and be more than just a student. You have to be a little adventurous and be able to get out of your comfort zone.”
  • “Don’t come to Morehouse if you’re looking for the stereotypical fun college experience. If you expect these years to be the most fun or best years of your life, that’s not what Morehouse is for. Morehouse is to set you up for the next 40 years of your life.”
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