The student has been identified as Cullen Haviland from Temecula, California.
Haviland was a second year student who was actually classified as a senior because of his outstanding academic performance and credits he earned through advanced placement.
He was also involved with the National Society of Black Physics Students and the Society of Physics Students.
The school has provided grief counseling for students who may need it.
Officials say no foul play is expected at this time, but it is still early in the investigation.
The university released this statement:
The Hampton University community is extremely saddened by the death of one of our students, Cullen Haviland. We extend our deepest sympathy to Cullen's family and friends for their profound loss. He was pronounced dead in the Hampton University Library. There is no foul play suspected at this time. The incident is being investigated by Hampton City Police and the Hampton University Police.
Cullen, 19, a second-year student who was classified as a senior because of his outstanding academic performance and credits earned through advanced placement, was a physics major from Temecula CA. At Hampton University, he was involved with organizations such as the National Society of Black Physicists and the Society of Physics Students, performing outreach to increase youth interest in the sciences.
Counselors are available for grief counseling at the Counseling Center located in Armstrong Slater Building or by calling 757-727-5617.