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Florida A&M University is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,053, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 419 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida A&M University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,785 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,725 (2013-14).
Florida A&M University, located in the hills of Tallahassee, is the only historically black institution in the State University System of Florida. The school’s mission is to educate African-Americans, but it accepts students of every race, ethnic origin and nationality. Although the "A&M" in its name stands for Agricultural and Mechanical, the university offers about 60 bachelor's degrees in a wide range of studies, with architecture, journalism and psychology among the most popular undergraduate majors. Graduate students at Florida A&M can choose from about 40 degrees, including law, engineering and education.
The university, more commonly known as FAMU, also offers more than 100 student organizations and several fraternities and sororities to join. Student athletes can try out for the FAMU Rattlers varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Notable FAMU alumni include Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver and Vibe magazine co-founder Keith Clinkscales.
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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities. The University provides a student-centered environment consistent with its core values. The faculty is committed to educating students at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels, preparing graduates to apply their knowledge, critical thinking skills and creativity in their service to society. FAMU's distinction as a doctoral/research institution will continue to provide mechanisms to address emerging issues through local and global partnerships. Expanding upon the University's land-grant status, it will enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service. While the University continues its historic mission of educating African Americans, FAMU embraces persons of all races, ethnic origins and nationalities as life-long members of the university community.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Florida A&M University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 15. The application fee at Florida A&M University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 48.6 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||48.6%|
|Application deadline||May 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Florida A&M University is 19:1, and the school has 30.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida A&M University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Social Sciences; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||10%|
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Florida A&M University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,053, with a gender distribution of 38.9 percent male students and 61.1 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. Florida A&M University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Florida A&M University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Florida A&M University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Florida A&M University, 15 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Florida A&M University.
|Students who have cars on campus||15%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Florida A&M University, 86.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,738.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$5,785 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$17,725 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$9,356 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data