Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia is a private, four-year, coeducational, historically black college. Founded in 1888 by James Solomon Russell of the Protestant Episcopal Church, it was initially called Saint Paul Normal and Industrial School and was created for the purpose of training African American teachers – a highly prestigious and significant job in the South during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1941, the school was given permission to offer a four-year program and, as a consequence, its name was changed to Saint Paul’s Polytechnic Institute. The first Bachelor’s degree was granted in 1944 and, following a period of expansion, the school was finally officially renamed Saint Paul’s College in 1957 to mirror more accurately its liberal arts and teacher education curricula.
Saint Paul’s College offers a liberal arts-based curriculum that focuses on the social sciences, education, business, mathematics, and natural sciences. Its goal is to insure the development of young Christian men and women so that they leave the college fully equipped to face the challenges of the world outside and to take their place in a multicultural society.
The college is organized into four academic divisions through which students can pursue their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. These divisions include the Department of Business Administration; the Department of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics; and the Department of Teacher Education.
Over 90% of the students enrolled in Saint Paul’s College receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study arrangements.
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