Florida Memorial University
Originally founded in 1879, Florida Memorial University is the result of the merging of two Baptist institutions in Miami. A private, coeducational college following the Black Baptist tradition, Florida Memorial is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida.
In 1896, Nathan White Collier was appointed president of the Academy, a post he held for 45 years. President Collier recruited renowned composer and Jacksonville native, J. Rosamond Johnson, to teach music at the school. The campus is also known as the birthplace of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”, the Negro National Anthem written by J. Rosamond and James Weldon Johnson.
Dr. Royal W. Puryear oversaw the relocation of the school in 1965 when trustees purchased a 48-acre former airstrip near Opa-Locka in Dade County.
In 1968, the new campus opened as Florida Memorial College.
In 2004, the institution’s charter was amended, and the name Florida Memorial University was adopted.
Florida Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees. Offering degrees in liberal and technical education, the diverse student population remains primarily Black and dedicated to the transmission of African American heritage.
Undergraduate degrees that can be earned include:
Dual-Degree Program in Physics and Engineering
Dual-Degree Program in Biology and Nursing
Religion and Philosophy
Music & Entertainment Public Relations
Law & Government
Dual-Degree Program in Business Administration & Hospitality Management
The campus is situated on 43 acres surrounding a quiet lake and near a small airport.
Students, faculty, and staff members engage in many social and academic activities among the numerous modern campus buildings including the Nathan W. Collier Library with a seating capacity of over 500 and a small museum. James Weldon and Rosamond Johnson Fine Arts Building include an amphitheater for open-air concerts.
As the college is in Miami, there are a wealth of activities within a short drive to enjoy, including the beautiful beaches, ethnic restaurants, historic and culturally diverse neighborhoods, stadiums, and exciting nightlife.