Statement of Mission
The hallmark of Livingstone College, a private historically black college, is represented by excellent liberal arts programs that are secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction. In this regard, W.E.B. Dubois once referred to Livingstone as the "Harvard of the South." The College is also proud that its most distinctive feature is its history of self-reliance and perseverance.
Connected to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, it was founded in 1879 to meet societal needs of persons who had been denied access to educational opportunities. The College continues to provide a community in which students can realize their potential for leadership and service to society.
Livingstone College, in acknowledging a responsibility to the public, encourages commitment to the promotion of Judao-Christian values, the broader community of humankind and to the development of leadership within a quality learning environment. The College distinguishes itself through faculty who provide excellent instruction through distinctive academic programs that represent the primary commitments:
- diverse programs through innovative courses of study;
- enhanced academic options through global education and honors;
- effective teaching resulting in personalized educational experiences through faculty who care about students both in and out of the classroom;
- practical application through internships, cooperative education, community service and experiential learning;
- diversity through opportunities for students to understand and develop a fuller appreciation of African American heritage while increasing their awareness and appreciation of varied cultures.