Founded in 1875, Alabama A&M University (AAMU) is located in Normal, Alabama, a small town within the city limits of Huntsville. This historically black institution was previously known as The Huntsville Normal School. In 1969, the school became known by its current name. This institution offers a variety of programs to study, from agriculture and mechanical engineering to political science and business. The university works to provide all students who are interested in pursuing their professional and personal goals a chance to do just that through studies, research, and public service. The university is committed to a scholarly environment where young minds can continue to grow.
The initial mission of AAMU was to teach agricultural sciences and engineering. Since that time, AAMU began to expand their scope in an effort to reach as many students as possible. Alabama A&M University offers over 70 academically enriched areas of study to choose from and both undergraduate and graduate degrees can be earned.
Students have the following colleges to study from:
- College of Agricultural, Life, and Natural Sciences
- College of Business and Public Affairs
- College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies (ODEES) is also a part of AAMU’s system. ODEES offers courses to those who would like to enhance themselves professionally, socio-culturally and personally. These courses do not count towards the students’ degree of study; however instead offers a certificate at the culmination of the class. There is no specific requirement or prerequisite for admittance, and each class is assigned a fee. ODEES also offers CEU’s, Continuing education Units, several certificate programs, as well as test preparation courses.
AAMU offers graduate degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. Graduate degrees are available in areas such as social work, physics, education and many other disciplines. The number of graduate students makes up less than half of the student population; however, the university provides a stable, academically enriched experience for graduate students.
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Once an application for admission is completed, the student must request that his or her guidance counselor send their official transcripts to the university’s Office of Admissions. There are certain scores that are required for admittance. These scores are based on the specific aptitude test completed by the student. There are two tests that are acceptable for admissions at AAMU; the ACT and the SAT. The student must have met the minimum GPA of 2.0 before leaving high school in order to be considered for admission. Applications for admittance can be accepted by mail, online, or in person.
Alabama A&M University believes in providing affordable education to its students and understands that an investment in education is probably the biggest investment a student and their family can make. Students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) before the school’s prescribed deadline to ensure a completed file and a start date. Additionally, students must maintain a favorable GPA and accumulate a specific number of hours per course to keep their financial aid in good standing.
In addition to receiving student loans, scholarships, student employment, veterans’ education benefits, and Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) are a few alternatives offered.
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The Office of Student Activity and Leadership Development (OSALD) is a department dedicated to providing programs and outlets to the students, while simultaneously connecting the students to one another through academic, recreational, cultural and social functions. This department promotes leadership and encourages diversity. Each student is encouraged to participate in areas that best fit their interest in an effort to give back to the community, as well as to learn and acquire attributes that will positively impact their future as they navigate in the world.
Part of the college experience is each student’s living arrangements. Many students choose to live on campus and find the experience quite rewarding. Living on campus provides students with the opportunity to become involved with campus life, being better acquainted with fellow students, and the ability to enjoy their overall college experience. If the student is considering living on campus, he or she must be accepted to the university before a residential application can be processed. Once the student is accepted into the university, he or she may then apply to student housing. Once the application is accepted, a nominal, refundable security fee is required. In order to be accepted into student housing the student must be in good judicial and academic standing.
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AAMU has a unique program called “Changing Lanes”, which is especially appreciated by the incoming freshmen as the program partners upper classmen with a freshmen student. The upper classmen serve as mentors for the freshmen, showing him or her how to succeed in college and successfully navigate campus life. In addition to all the educational amenities this university offers, relaxation and physical fitness opportunities are available, including a campus wellness center that spans more than 78,000 square feet. This center is geared towards the physical wellness of the students, faculty, alumni and the community at large. The facility offers memberships that include the use of a 7 lane pool, a 6 lane bowling alley, aerobic classes and much more.
This university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.