Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a public historically black land-grant university located in Tallahassee, Florida. Founded in 1887, it is the third largest historically black university in the United States by enrollment and the only public historically black university in Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, as well as one of the state’s land grant universities, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


The fall 2020 incoming freshman class had an average GPA of 3.44 and an average SAT score of 1082.


The university offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, one professional degree, and 12 doctoral degrees. It has 14 schools and colleges. Florida A&M also has an honors program for high-achieving graduate students who meet high-performance criteria. FAMU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. In 2012, FAMU implemented the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) in partnership with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. The MSP is a pre-medical program designed to prepare academically talented undergraduate students for success in medical school and beyond. There is a cap of 10 freshmen in this competitive four-year program each year.

Graduation rate

In 2020, FAMU’s four-year graduation rate was 21%, while its six-year graduation rate was 55%.


The U.S. The 2022 edition of the News & World Report ranked the college 202nd among national universities, 117th among public universities, seventh among HBCUs, and first among public HBCUs. FAMU was also named 61st in Best Undergraduate Teaching and 20th among Top Performers in the Social Mobility category. It is classified under “R2: Doctoral University – High Research Activity”. For 2017, the National Science Foundation ranked Florida A&M University 216th nationally and 2nd among HBCUs for total research and development spending.


FAMU’s main campus is in Tallahassee, Florida, just south of the State Capitol and campus of Florida State University. It has a law school campus in Orlando, Florida, and a research and development center in Quincy, Florida. The College of Pharmacy has extension campuses in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, and Crestview, Florida.


The library was built in 1948, renovated in 1972, expanded in 1990, and again in 2004. The 88,964 square feet (8,265.0 m2) facility includes study rooms, a student study lounge, and café, graduate and faculty study carrels, and teleconference rooms. The state-of-the-art information literacy classroom. The library has about 2 million volumes, 155,000 e-books and e-journals, and 256,126 microforms.

Student life

FAMU is one of the largest HBCUs in the country with a student body of nearly 10,000 students who come from all regions of the United States and various foreign countries. Members of the FAMU community are affectionately referred to as members of “family” or “Rattler Nation”. There are over 100 student organizations on the FAMU campus.

Colleges and Schools

FAMU offers undergraduate and graduates degrees through the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Agriculture and Food Science.
  • College of Education.
  • FAMU – FSU College of Engineering.
  • Law College.
  • College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health.
  • 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 art.
  • School of environment.
  • School of Graduate Studies and Research.
  • School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.
  • School of Nursing.

Research Centers and Institutes

The Division of Research houses 17 different research centers and institutes:

  • Center for Biological Control.
  • Center for Disability Access and Resources.
  • Center for Environmental Equity and Justice.
  • Environmental Cooperative Sciences Center (ECSC).
  • Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCO).
  • Center for International Agricultural Trade, Development Research, and Training.
  • Center for International Law and Justice.
  • Center for Plasma Science and Technology.
  • Viticulture Science and Small Fruit Research Centre.
  • Center for Water and Air Quality.
  • Secure Computing and Information Help Center.
  • Mick-Eaton Southeast Regional Black Archive Research Center and Museum.
  • Small Business Development Center.
  • Institute for Building Sciences.
  • Juvenile Justice Research Institute.
  • Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies.
  • Institute of Public Health.

List of Presidents

  • Thomas Decile Tucker 1887-1901.
  • Nathan B. Young 1901-1923.
  • William A. Howard 1923-1924.
  • John Robert Edward Lee 1924-1944.
  • JB Bragg April 5, 1944 – September 1, 1944.
  • William H. Gray, Jr. 1944-1949.
  • H. Manning Efferson July 7, 1949 – April 1, 1950.
  • George W. Gore 1950-1968.
  • Benjamin L. Perry, Jr. 1968-1977.
  • Walter L. Smith 1977-1985.
  • Frederick S. Humphries 1985-2001.
  • Henry Louis III January 2002 – June 2002.
  • Fred Gaines 2002-2004.
  • Castle V Bryant January 2005 – May 2007.
  • James H. Ammons July 2, 2007 – July 16, 2012.
  • Elmira Mangum April 1, 2014 – September 15, 2016.
  • Larry Robinson November 30, 2017 – Present (Interim: May-July 2007, July 2012 – April 2014, September 2016 – November 2017).

Notable Alumni

  • Andre Dawson (born 1954), 8-time National League All-Star, NL MVP, and Baseball Hall of Famer.
  • Amin Stevens (born 1990), is a professional basketball player for Elitzur Kiryat Atar, Israel.
  • Karamo Brown (born 1980), host of Queer Eye.
  • Andrew Gillum (born 1979), Democratic nominee for Governor of Florida and 126th Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Abram X Kennedy (born 1982), is an American author, professor, anti-apartheid activist, and historian of race and discriminatory policies in  America.
  • Michelle (born 1982), is an R&B singer, songwriter, and television personality.

Frequently asked questions

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