Alabama A&M University GraduationAlabama A & M University LogoAlabama A&M University (AAMU) is land-grant, four year,  public historically black univeristy (HBCU) established in 1875. AAMU is located in Normal, Alabama. It's nickname is the Bulldogs or Lady Bulldogs and the University is member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Their colors are maroon and white and their motto is Service is Sovereignty.

Alabama A&M University Profile

4900 Meridian Street,
Normal, Alabama 35762

Phone: (256) 372-5000

Type: 4-year, Public
Awards offered:
Bachelor's degree,
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – research/scholarship

Campus setting:
City: Midsize
Campus housing: Yes
Student population:
5,814 (4,940 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 20 to 1

Alabama A&M University History

William Hooper Councill
William Hooper Councill
  • Founded in 1875 by a former slave, William Hooper Councill and opened as the “Huntsville Normal School” in downtown Huntsville.
  • Taught industrial education and became the “State Normal and Industrial School at Huntsville.”
  • Established as a land-grant institution in 1890, named “The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes.”
  • Became a junior college in 1919, named “The State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute for Negroes.”
  • In 1946, received a “Class A” rating by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • In 1948, named the “Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College.”
  • In 1963, became a fully accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
  • In 1969, became “Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.”


The AAMU campus is situated on more than 2,300 scenic acres, a 5-minute commute from downtown Huntsville. The campus has the unique distinction of being laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., designer of New York’s Central Park. AAMU has its own post office, Normal, Alabama.


  • From 44 states and 11 foreign countries
  • 4,940 undergraduates and 874 graduate students
  • 42 percent first-time college students
  • Middle 50th percentile on ACT: 17-18
  • 93 student clubs and organizations
  • 75 percent student participation in community service projects


  • 20:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Fewer than 40 students in 86 percent of courses
  • 348 faculty members across all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs


  • Five undergraduate schools (Agricultural & Environmental, Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Engineering & Technology) and Graduate Studies.
  • 41 Baccalaureate, 23 Master’s, 1 EdS and 4 doctoral degrees offered
  • Degrees conferred: BA, BGS, BS, BSCE, BSEE, BSET, BSME, EdS, MBA, MEd, MEng, MS, MSW, MURP, PhD.


  • The J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center (LRC) houses approximately 256,884 volumes, 2,200 journals and is a partial depository for government documents. The University Archives located on the third floor has a collection of documents, records, correspondence and photographs related to AAMU. The State Black Archives Research Center and Museum, a part of the LRC, is housed in the James H. Wilson Building, a national registered historical structure.
  • The AAMU Small Business Development Center provides free counseling to small businesses in seven counties. Client services also include workshops, a business planning resource room, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services.
  • The Agribition Center is designed to host almost any kind of event, including trade shows and agricultural events.
  • Lewis Crews Stadium is home of the AAMU’s Bulldogs football team. The multi-purpose stadium seats 21,000 and is the sixth largest stadium in Alabama.
  • The Student Health Center is staffed with full-time licensed health care professionals. It offers gynecological services, limited dermatology services, nutrition services, sports medicine, and psychological and counseling services.


  • 18,000 and counting

Source: Alabama A&M University

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