Florida A&M University

History

Florida A&M University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal College for Colored Students, this college began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. However, always striving to become an institution of higher learning, it received funds in 1891 under the Second Morrill Act for agricultural and mechanical arts education, and therefore became Florida’s land grant institution for African-Americans. It was later moved from Copeland Street (now the site of Florida State University) to its present location, and its name was changed to the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students.

Continuing to flourish, the name was again changed in 1909 to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (FAMC). One of the most prestigious buildings on campus is the library facility, erected as the result of a gift from Andrew Carnegie, when a major hall was destroyed by fire. For years, it held the distinction of being the only Carnegie Library located on an African-American land-grant college.

Finally in 1953, the college’s name was changed by legislative action to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University. Many students and alumni call it FAMU. Now a four-year, public, co-educational and fully accredited institution with university assets are valued over $190 million.

Academic Merit

Florida A&M University offers a total of 98 degree programs to nearly 11,000 students. The university offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, 3 professional degrees and 12 doctoral degrees. The three professional degrees include the J.D., Pharm.D., and Doctor of Physical Therapy. The 12 doctoral degree programs include 11 Ph.D. degrees and 1 Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). The Ph.D. degrees include the following: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, educational leadership, environmental science, and entomology.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees can be earned via:

College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
College of Education
College of Engineering (FAMU-FSU)
College of Law
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
College of Science and Technology
School of Allied Health Sciences
School of Architecture and Engineering Technology
School of Business and Industry
School of the Environment
School of Graduate Studies and Research
School of Journalism and Graphic Communication
School of Nursing

Campus Life

Located in the capital of Florida, the main campus extends over 419 acres on the highest of seven hills, with 131 buildings among its 12 schools and colleges. Off-campus diversions encompass the big bend area of the Florida panhandle including restored historic homes and buildings, the Civil War site of the Battle of Natural Bridge, the Apalachicola National Forest, Maclay State Gardens, the Gulf of Mexico, and miles of trails for hiking and biking.

ADDRESS: 1601 out MLK Blvd, Tallahassee, FL
PHONE: 850-599-3000
WEBSITE: https://www.famu.edu

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