Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, commonly known as Florida A&M or FAMU, is the nation’s largest historically black university by enrollment, is located in Tallahassee, the Florida state capital, and is one of eleven member institutions of the State University System of Florida. FAMU is also one of Florida’s land grant universities. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It’s nickname is the Rattlers and the University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Their colors are Orange and Green and their motto is Excellence With Caring.
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1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Phone: (850) 599-3000
Type: 4-year, Public
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship
Doctor’s degree – professional practice
Campus housing: Yes
Student population: 13,284 (11,289 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio: 19 to 1
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on October 3, 1887, it began classes with fifteen students and two instructors.
- In 1891 the College was relocated from its original site on Copeland Street to its present location, and its name was changed to the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students.
- In 1909, the name of the college was again changed to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes.
- In 1953 the name was finally changed to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
- In 1984, the University was granted authority to offer its first Doctor of Philosophy degree.
- FAMU’s main campus is in Tallahassee, Florida, just south of the State Capitol and the campus of Florida State University.
- Distinguished by lush foliage and massive oaks, FAMU’s main campus comprises 156 buildings spread over 422 acres atop the highest of Tallahassee’s seven hills.
- The university also has several satellite campuses including a site in Orlando where the College of Law is located.
- It also has a Research and Development Center in Quincy, Florida.
- The College of Pharmacy has extension campuses in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Crestview, Florida.
- Florida A&M University enrolls nearly 12,000 students from the United States and more than 70 countries such as India, Egypt, Trinidad, Netherlands, China, Bahamas, Jamaica, and Brazil.
- Ninety percent of the schools enrolled students are African-American.
- The next largest demographic group is White (non-Hispanic) students at 5%.
- Native Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans round out the remaining 5%.
- Number of faculty members: 727
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Full-time faculty members: 525
- Part-time faculty members: 202
- Tenured faculty members: 187
- Faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 75%
- Over 90% of SBI faculty members have Ph.D. degrees, which demonstrate their breadth of knowledge, research experience, and educational commitment.
Florida A&M University offers 62 bachelor’s degrees and 39 master’s degrees. The university has 13 schools and colleges and one institute. The university also offers a juris doctor at its College of Law in Orlando. FAMU has 11 doctoral programs which includes 10 Ph.D. programs: chemical engineering; civil engineering; electrical engineering; mechanical engineering; industrial engineering; biomedical engineering; physics; pharmaceutical sciences; educational leadership; and environmental sciences.
Top undergraduate programs are architecture; journalism; computer information sciences and psychology. FAMU’s top graduate programs include pharmaceutical sciences along with public health; physical therapy; engineering; physics; master’s of applied social sciences (especially history and public administration); business and sociology.
- FAMU’s annual research funding currently exceeds $54 million.
- The FAMU Research and Development Center in Quincy, Florida serves students in animal science, pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.
- Grants, scholarships, loans and employment opportunities are available to help families meet the cost of investing in a FAMU education.
- The PERT is an untimed adaptive test. The purpose of PERT test is to provide students with useful information about your academic skills in Math, English, and Reading.
- Students not obtaining the cut off scores on the ACT, SAT, or PERT are required to enroll in remedial courses in the subject area wherein they are deficient.
Our SBI Alumni Network, also known as the SBI Force, is an asset. Alumni provide mentoring, internship placement, and leads to career opportunities for current students.
- In the September 2006 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, Florida A&M was named the number-one college for African Americans in the United States. This ranking based on the graduation rate, and the academic and social atmosphere.
- In the fall of 1997, FAMU was selected as the TIME Magazine-Princeton Review “College of the Year” and was cited in 1999 by Black Issues in Higher Education for awarding more baccalaureate degrees to African-Americans than any institutions in the nation.
Sources: Florida A&M University