Financial aid thermometer
Avg. Financial Aid
Admission Difficulty
Acceptance Rate
Urban setting

Interested in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University? Admissions officers are waiting to hear from you!

Get More Info


Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Blends a Strong Research Focus with a Commitment to Economic Empowerment

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best in class land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, agriculture and mathematics (STREAM). FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students of diverse backgrounds.

FAMU's achievements are what set it apart as a unique learning experience. U.S. News and World Report has recognized FAMU among the 2014 Best National Universities and Top 10 Best Historically Black Colleges or Universities. It is listed among The Princeton Review's "Best in the Southeast" colleges. Florida A&M is also one of the top picks for providing a high quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).

FAMU values diversity in thought, perspective and culture. The university enrolls nearly 10,000 students hailing from across the United States and more than 70 countries, including Africa, the Bahamas, Brazil, Indonesia, China and the United Arab Emirates, to name a few. The student body includes representatives from all ethnic, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.

A Wide Range of Academic Degree Programs Makes FAMU a Good Choice for Students

Students seeking a challenging academic foundation will find a variety of programs to meet their career objectives at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The university offers 54 bachelor's degree, 29 master's degree, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral programs in a wide range of academic areas.

The most popular undergraduate programs are business administration, biology, criminal justice and allied health. Other majors are available in every field, from animal science to engineering and nursing. Additionally, the school offers several distinctive degree programs. These include such majors as jazz studies, cardiopulmonary sciences, journalism, and health information management.

FAMU Leads Community Dialogue Through Scholarly Institutes and Centers

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is home to a wide variety of institutes and centers where faculty and students conduct research to develop real-world solutions to society's challenges.

The newest addition is the Sustainability Institute, which will focus on economic growth and job creation by seeking solutions through a multi-partnership effort that includes external and internal strategic alliances. Students and faculty will work closely with international stakeholders to provide solutions to global socio-economic ecological and energy sustainability issues.

In 1978 the Florida legislature established the Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research to provide leadership, undertake research, and development activities that will contribute to industry growth in Florida and the southeastern United States. The Center conducts research in the areas of grape genetics and breeding, vineyard best management practices, product development, grape biotechnology, and small fruit evaluation and production methods. Each year, the Center hosts the Grape Harvest Festival to educate the community on economic importance of native Florida varieties of small fruit.

Housed in the Department of Physics at FAMU, the Center for Plasma Science and Technology (CePaST) is one of the premier centers for the study of plasmas in the state of Florida. CePaST is home to a highly successful team of faculty, students and researchers dedicated to new science and new applications of theoretical, experimental, and computational plasma physics. Major programs include remote sensing research in the nation's defense, fusion and plasma research for alternative power and advanced materials, and advanced computations research in support of plasmas and photonics physics.

You can learn more about FAMU's Institutes and Centers online.

Enjoy a Rich FAMU Campus Experience through Clubs, Organizations, Greek Life, and Recreational Activities

In addition to being one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, FAMU offers students the opportunity to actively engage in a broad range of educational and/or recreational activities. There are more than 100 recognized student clubs and organizations at FAMU. Its Office of Student Activities provides leadership training opportunities, funding, and other benefits to ensure that student life is as dynamic as possible.

Additionally, students can research and join several honor societies and professional organizations, as well as Greek letter organizations, such as fraternities and sororities. These groups foster opportunities to build leadership skills, character, and a sense of philanthropy and civic engagement through community service projects.

FAMU students have access to excitement and fun every day at the Student Union, which houses a bowling alley, ballroom, hair salon and television room, just to name a few. The Union is also the home of the FAMU Student Government Association, which makes it the center of a well-rounded campus life.

Satellite Campuses Across Florida Contribute to a Statewide Network of Connections

In addition to the main campus in Tallahassee, FAMU has several satellite campuses across Florida. They include the College of Law in Orlando and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS), which has sites in Crestview, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami.

The College of Law is distinguished by its Center for International Law and Justice, which engages in nationally-recognized research, training, and advocacy in the areas of international and comparative law.

Boasting 13 patents, FAMU has the only College of Pharmacy nationwide that offers nationally-accredited MPH and DrPH degree programs.

The existence of these prestigious satellite campuses benefits all FAMU students by establishing connections and networking across Florida, and contributing to the overall value of a degree from Florida A&M University.

Location & Contact

Address Office of Admissions
Tallahassee, FL  32307
United States
Contact Ms. Barbara R. Cox
Director, Admissions
Email: ugrdadmissions@famu.edu
Phone: 850-599-3796
Fax: 850-599-3069

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
Agribusiness Checkmark
Agriculture Checkmark
Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Architecture Checkmark
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
African American/Black Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Journalism Checkmark
Public Relations/image Management Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Information Technology Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Mathematics Teacher Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Science Teacher Education Checkmark
Social Science Teacher Education Checkmark
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Agricultural Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering Checkmark
Computer Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Industrial Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Construction Engineering Technology Checkmark
Electrical, Electronic And Communications Engineering Technology Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Health Information/medical Records Administration Checkmark
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences Checkmark
Health/health-care Administration Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Respiratory Care Therapy Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Interdisciplinary Studies Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Health And Physical Education/fitness Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Philosophy And Religious Studies Related Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry Checkmark
Physics Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Social Work Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
Sociology Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts Checkmark
Graphic Design Checkmark
Music Checkmark


Acceptance Rate

Female icon

Female Admissions

Females Applied
Females Accepted
Acceptance Rate
Male icon

Male Admissions

Males Applied
Males Accepted
Acceptance Rate


Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
3 recommendations
Required for some programs Interview
Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Audition for music major applicants

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen May 15th Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer May 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 542 500 580
SAT Math 535 500 560
ACT Composite 21 18 22

Tuition & Fees

Money icon


Fees icon


Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only
Calculator icon

Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

Avg. Financial Aid Package
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
Avg. Loan Aid
Avg. Grant Aid
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 2.67%
Black or African American 89.31%
White or Caucasian 3.3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.07%
Asian 0.4%
Two or more races 3.42%


Male (35.12%)
Female (64.88%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 32%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
Student-run television station Checkmark
Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Homecoming Convocation, Career Expo and Welcome Week

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities Checkmark
Greek sororities Checkmark
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
National Council of Negro Women, FAMU Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Psi Chi International Honor Society, Caribbean Student Association and Academy of Student Pharmacists/Student National Pharmaceutical Association

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark


Male icon

Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark Division 1B Checkmark
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No
Female icon

Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 543
Part-time - 132
Male - 350
Female - 325