Prairie View A&M University, located in Prairie View, Texas, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and impact of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States. Founded in 1876, during the Reconstruction era, it was established to provide higher education opportunities for African Americans in Texas, a significant step in an era marked by profound racial segregation and inequality. Over the years, Prairie View A&M has evolved into a comprehensive institution, offering a wide range of academic programs and contributing significantly to the educational, economic, and cultural life of Texas and beyond.
Today, Prairie View A&M University boasts an enrollment of 9,056 students and offers a diverse array of academic programs, including popular majors in Business, Engineering, Agriculture, and Health Sciences. These programs reflect the university's commitment to producing well-rounded, skilled graduates ready to contribute productively to society, encapsulated in its motto: "Prairie View Produces Productive People."
Athletically, the university competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), with its teams known as the Panthers. The university's colors, purple and gold, symbolize its regal and proud heritage. The campus, set in a city environment, provides students with a unique blend of academic rigor and urban experiences, making Prairie View A&M a cornerstone institution in the HBCU community and a beacon of excellence in higher education.
NCAA Division I - Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Team Name: Panthers