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Morgan State University awards Baccalaureate, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. More than 7,698 students are enrolled at Morgan. 


NPHC organizations at Morgan State
(in order of establishment)


Chapter name

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Beta Alpha

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Alpha Delta

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Alpha Iota

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Alpha Gamma

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity


Iota Phi Theta Fraternity


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Beta Tau

Morgan State University houses a variety of other fraternal organizations. These organizations are a part of the Council of Independent Organizations (CIO).

Council of Independent Organizations


Chapter name

Alpha Nu Omega Fraternity


Alpha Nu Omega Sorority


Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship

Mother Bear

Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

Eta Gamma

Malika Kambe Umfazi Sorority

Njeri Zubari Queendom

Pershing Angels Sorority

Company J-8-5

Pershing Rifles Fraternity

Company J-8

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

Pi Eta

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women

Kappa Xi

Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship

Marali Nubia Bear

Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority

Epsilon Omega

Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity



Morgan State University is one of several Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) who have received an EiR grant. As a HBCU pioneer, Morgan is the first HBCU to study the effect of nanoparticles on the protein and lipid content of a model cyanobacterium.
In October, 2019, Morgan State University’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) was awarded a $499,999 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used to advance interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology, chemistry and engineering with a focus on studying the role of nanoparticles in cyanobacterium for enhanced biofuel production.
Under the direction of principal investigator Viji Sitther, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at Morgan, and Huan Chen, Ph.D., a research faculty member at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab), the project will serve to train and mentor underrepresented students in this specific area of the sciences, with an aim of enhancing the participation of women in STEM.
The research will make a huge positive impact on the environment by leading to the creation of an environmentally safe alternative energy source to replace fossil fuels.

CHOIROne of the nation’s most prestigious university choral ensembles, The Morgan State University Choir was led for more than three decades by the late Dr. Nathan Carter, celebrated conductor, composer, and arranger. They perform classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music, the choir is noted for its emphasis on preserving the heritage of the spiritual, especially in the historic practices of performance. They have performed throughout the U.S. and all over the world—including The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Canary Islands, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe, most recently in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Morgan State University alumni have achieved notability in the fields of athletics, science, government and the military. There are four members of the NFL Football Hall of Fame (Willie Lanier, Roosevelt Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Len Ford).
Among other achievers:
Earl Graves, Black Enterprise Magazine publisher 
Hon. Robert Bell, Chief Judge of Maryland’s highest court
Lieutenant General William “Kip” Ward, the first Commanding Officer of the United States Africa Command
William C. Rhoden, The New York Times sports columnist
David E. Talbert, playwright, TV producer, and entrepreneur
Donald Sanford, American-Israeli Olympic sprinter
Adah Jenkins, Civil rights activist and music critic for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper  graduated from Morgan State
Ernest Lyon, former U.S. Ambassador to Liberia
MK Asante, bestselling author and filmmaker
Raymond Winbush, scholar
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, African-American historian

The Morgan State Bears athletic legacy began in 1926 under athletic director Charles Drew. From 1929-1959, Legendary head coach Eddie P. Hurt led a dynasty not only in football, but basketball and track. The Bears had thirty of its football players drafted and played in the NFL, producing four Hall of Famers. The track athletes competed internationally and received world-class status. 
The Morgan State men’s basketball teams made two NCAA Basketball appearances and won numerous MEAC titles. 
Johnny Sample was a two-star player in football and baseball.
Until the turn of the 20th century, Morgan was the first and only historically black university to field a lacrosse team.
The Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, currently as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).


Eddie P. Hurt, 3-sport coach
Roosevelt Brown, football
Len Ford, football, Leroy Kelly, football
Art Shell, football
Earl Banks, football coach
Nat Frazier, basketball coach
Neville Hodge, track/coach
Josh Culbreath, track
George Rhoden, track
Art Bragg, track
Joe Black, baseball
Johnny Sample, football/baseball
Willie Lanier, football
Marvin Webster, basketball


The Morgan State University Band Program consists of six outstanding ensembles: the marching band, symphonic band, symphonic winds, pep band, jazz ensemble, and jazz combo. Dubbed the Magnificent Marching Machine, the marching band has performed at MSU football games, NFL games, presidential inaugurations, World Series games and in regional and local television appearances.
The band made cameo appearances in the 2003 American movie Head of State and appeared on The Skyshow, a television show featuring radio disc jockey Tom Joyner.

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