About Coppin

A Future Full of Promise

Where we've been is only part of our story. Since our beloved namesake Fanny Jackson Coppin decided to make a difference in the African American community, we've been putting in the work—and our efforts are taking us to heights our ancestors could only dream of.

When you become part of the Coppin community, you become part of a family dedicated to helping you thrive and transform into a leader who will make an impact at individual, community, company, industry, and global levels. 

Our Vision

President Jenkins presents the annual State of the University address about our past, our present, and our bright future. Watch the video recording or review the transcript of President Jenkins' speech.

 

 

An Inspired Legacy

Since 1900, Coppin State University has been inspiring students from Maryland and beyond to achieve greatness in and out of the classroom.

With a proud history, colorful traditions and deep community roots, Coppin State students and faculty are spreading Coppin pride far and wide, giving back to surrounding Baltimore communities, winning prestigious awards and much more.

Discover why Coppin State has withstood the test of time, and how it’s meeting—and exceeding—the challenges of today.

Our History

Our Founder

Coppin Pride All Year Long

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Time-honored traditions are part of what make students, alumni, faculty, and staff treasure their Coppin experiences. From our opening Convocation that celebrates the start of a new academic year to the pomp and circumstance surrounding Commencement, there's a lot to be be proud of and take part in at Coppin. See how we do Eagle Pride! 

Our Pride

Convocation

A formal event only open to students twice during their Coppin career, Convocation is the event that sets the tone for the academic year. The University President speaks about the year ahead, where students are going, and all they may accomplish. An annual event since 1983, Convocation is where freshman get the encouragement to start their college education with a success mindset, and seniors get invigorated to make the most of their last 9 months as undergraduate students. 

Alumni Concert Series

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Each summer we host the alumni concert series with live music, food, dancing, and vendors. Alumni, students, family, and friends come together to enjoy the concert and festivities.

Candlelight Ceremony

Group of brown skin people with diverse hairstyles holding candles outside a campus building.
Every fall we hold a twilight candle lighting ceremony for our freshman class. The ceremony signifies the start of their academic journey, and gets our freshman excited for their successes during their Coppin journey, as well as after graduation.

Clubs and Organizations Day

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Being part of clubs and organizations during your Coppin journey can expose you to different experiences, cultures, and people. Find your tribe at our annual Clubs and Organizations Day! During this event, members of existing campus groups present performances and share information with interested

I Love Coppin Week!

Mashup of 8 pictures of Coppin students, smiling and wearing Coppin State University paraphernalia.
Each October, students show their school spirit during I Love Coppin Week. Past events include:
- Fanny Feud
- Scary Movie Night
- Fanny Jackson Coppin's Birthday Celebration 
- Battle of the Classes

Eagles Back the Birds

Group of brown skin students wearing navy blue tshirts sitting in green chairs at Orioles' Camden Yards baseball stadium
Coppin Eagles support our hometown Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball (MLB) team! Every year, students get free admission and transportation to a game.

Tech Mania

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Sponsored by the campus Information Technology Division (ITD), Tech Mania is a campus event where students learn about on-campus technology while enjoying free food, games, and giveaways.

Midnight Mayhem

Group of brown skins students in black shorts, grey tshirts, and white sneakers standing on the basketball court
Coppin State Athletics introduces the women's and men's basketball teams as well as the other varsity 

Black History Month

Group of 5 student posed around a Coppin State Teachers College sign in a black and white photo.
Every February, we observe Black History Month during which the campus celebrates the history, legacy, and impact of African Americans. 
Past events include:
- trivia nights
- film presentations
- lecture series
- museum trips

Homecoming

Mashup of 6 photos showing students smiling, dancing, and posing at Homecoming events.
Each February, we welcome back alumni, families, and friends to celebrate Coppin State University's past, present, and future. 

Royal Court

Posed picture of 9 Coppin students dressed formally while wearing their royal court regalia
Since 1929, students have competed in the Coppin Pageant. New members of the Royal Court, including Mister and Miss Coppin, are crowned during the coronation ceremony. 

Eagles Choice Awards

3 students posed while wearing formal wear on stage during the Eagles Choice Awards.
This event celebrates our students' academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Students select the nominees and winners, and everyone gets dressed up for the awards ceremony. 

Commencement

2 smiling students wearing black graduation caps & gowns under colorful stoles.
Commencement is a crowning jewel of each academic year because we get to celebrate our graduates during the official Commencement ceremony. In past years, Commencements have been both in-person and virtual.