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Normal, AL 35762
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Alabama A & M University

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2307th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

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.

Information Summary

Ranks 18th in Alabama and 1274th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 8 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.08
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson 2 0.04
Burglary 58 1.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 12 0.24

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District105

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1454th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,592 $5,592 $11,184
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,590 $1,590 $1,590
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $233 $233 $466
FT Graduate Tuition $6,372 $6,372 $12,744
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,600 $1,600 $1,600
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $354 $354 $708
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,849 $21,849 $27,441
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,849 $21,849 $27,441
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,282 $10,282 $15,874

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,828 $7,182 $6,828 $7,182 $12,156 $12,774
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,980 $7,346
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,080 $2,748
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,530 $7,346
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,080 $2,748
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,300(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,142 (2,401 male / 3,741 female)
Admitted 5,521 (2,100 male / 3,421 female)
Admission rate 90%
First-time Enrollment 1,104 (542 male / 562 female)
FT Enrollment 1,089 (533 male / 556 female)
PT Enrollment 15 (9 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment5,020

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southwestern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference University Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

1335th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 18
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1307th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 15%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 370 / 450
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 350 / 450
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 720 / 900

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity448
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$7,346
Board Fee$2,773

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 22 724 1 5 68 6 826
Accounting 8 1 9
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 7 8
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other 6 6
Agriculture, General 9 1 10
Animal Sciences, General 6 2 8
Art Teacher Education 1 2 3
Art/Art Studies, General 1 5 1 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4 69 1 74
Business Administration and Management, General 3 60 2 1 66
Chemistry, General 12 12
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 9 9
Civil Engineering, General 19 1 20
Clinical Psychology 1 5 2 8
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 26 2 32
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 2 2
Counseling Psychology 9 4 13
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9 9
Education, General 7 2 9
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 9 3 12
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 4
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other 6 6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 27 27
Elementary Education and Teaching 22 2 24
Engineering, Other 2 2
English Language and Literature, General 11 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 23 1 24
Finance, General 2 14 16
Food Science 8 1 1 10
Forestry, Other 10 2 12
General Studies 30 3 33
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 9 1 11
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 8 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 14 15
Mathematics, General 12 12
Mechanical Engineering 2 21 1 24
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 5 1 6
Music Teacher Education 1 1
Music, General 3 3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 41 3 45
Physics, General 5 1 6
Political Science and Government, General 14 14
Psychology, General 33 2 35
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 21 21
Secondary Education and Teaching 15 5 1 21
Social Work 53 11 64
Sociology 14 1 15
Special Education and Teaching, General 7 5 12
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 9 14 1 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1675th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,938 ($69,304 male / $56,876 female)
Number of FT Faculty 257 (151 male / 106 female)
Number of PT Faculty 339
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $5,117,265

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