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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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The origins of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (usually abbreviated A&M) stretch all the way back to 1887. In those early days, the institution was known as the State Normal College for Colored Students and later the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students. The university took on its current name and organizational structure in 1953. A state-supported land grant institution, Florida A&M is part of an 11-school system which includes Florida State University and the University of Florida. The capital city of Tallahassee is home to both A&M and FSU, with A&M on the south side of town.

Florida A&M offers 62 bachelor’s degree programs and 36 master’s degree programs within its network of 13 schools and colleges. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A research-centered institution, Florida A&M’s funding for medical and scientific pursuits exceeds 50 million dollars.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M is one of the most highly-regarded in the nation. Extension campuses are located in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Crestview. Enrollment in the highly selective college numbers just over 1,000. A number of factors distinguish A&M’s Pharmacy Program from the rest of the pack. Graduates of the program pass the National Board of Pharmacy Examination on their first attempts over 90% of the time. Each PharmD graduating class has accumulated around 25,000 hours of community service through free clinics and other health services. Additionally, Florida A&M’s College of Pharmacy is unique in offering both MPH and DrPH degrees in Public Health.

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Unique Programs

Florida A&M’s marching band, known as the Marching 100, has been repeatedly hailed as one of the premiere collegiate marching bands in the world. William Patrick Foster directed the band from 1946-1988 and received the College Band Directors National Association Lifetime Achievement Award, one of only five individuals to receive the honor. Under his direction, the band remained at the cutting edge of marching band creativity and innovation.

The Marching 100 have performed at many noteworthy events, including the Super Bowl, Bastille Day in France and two presidential inaugurations.


Slightly more than half of freshman applicants earn admission to Florida A&M. The Office of Admissions provides both hard-copy and online applications, both of which require payment of a non-refundable fee. Florida residents are eligible for a fee waiver. Freshman applicants also must submit official high-school transcripts with their completed application.

Florida A&M encourages both international students and transfer students to apply. Transfer students need to have certified transcripts from all previous college coursework. International students must complete the International Applicant Financial Statement, demonstrating adequate funding for their academic career at A&M. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a certain minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Financial Aid

Most students who attend Florida A&M receive financial assistance of one form or another. Federal and state grants represent “gift” money that does not have to be repaid. Grants are typically need-based. Scholarships are also available from internal and external sources. Every scholarship has a particular application process and submission deadline. Florida A&M offers seven merit-based institutional scholarships that cover all or part of a student’s tuition and fees. Private and government loans are often a last resort for students still unable to meet their obligations. Federal loans offer forgiving interest rates and flexible repayment plans. An admissions officer will help students explore all of their financial aid options.

The Financial Aid Office is located in the Foote Hilyer Administration Building and is open during business hours.

Student Financial Aid Details

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One of several historically black colleges in the southeastern United States, Florida A&M’s undergraduate student population is over 90% African-American. A slight majority of students are women. Florida A&M has fewer part-time and non-traditional students than comparable schools. The university’s recruitment focus appears to be on high-schools and first-generation college students.

Most students at Florida A&M reside in university-affiliated housing such as a dormitory or Greek house. Room and board costs are in addition to regular tuition and fees.

The Career Center at Florida A&M helps students gear their coursework and professional development towards their desired vocation. Workshops, career counseling, resume help and mock interviews all make entering the world of work less daunting.

Florida A&M makes every effort to accommodate students with disabilities. Prospective students with mental or physical challenges are encouraged to contact the Center for Disability Access and Resources (CeDAR) and discuss their unique situation and needs.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Florida A&M offers the following intercollegiate sports for both men and women: basketball, tennis, cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving. Men also compete in football, baseball and golf, while women compete in softball, bowling and volleyball. The school colors are green and orange, and the official mascot is the Rattler, or rattlesnake. The color green is representative of agriculture, with orange symbolizing Florida’s citrus industry. Several Florida A&M teams have gained national prominence at one time or another, but none more so than the football team.


Florida A&M currently competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly NCAA Division I-AA. The team won the Black College National Championship eight times between 1938 and 1961. The legendary Jack Gaither was coach throughout this era, amassing 203 wins and seeing 42 of his players move on to the National Football League. Gaither was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

Every year, Florida A&M takes the field against Bethune-Cookman in the Florida Classic, the last game of the season for both teams.


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  • Florida A&M University. US News and World Report, 2011. Web. 15 July 2011.
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Ranks 13th in Florida and 487th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Florida and 498th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 7 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 5 0.04
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 9 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 12 0.09
Arrest 16 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,033 0.56
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 107 0.06
Robbery 511 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,252 1.77
Larceny 5,748 3.13
Vehicle theft 363 0.20

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge 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 District1202

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1217th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,152 $3,152 $14,524
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,633 $2,633 $3,201
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $188 $188 $586
FT Graduate Tuition $8,019 $8,019 $22,108
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,857 $1,857 $2,561
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $406 $406 $1,022
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,545 $19,545 $31,485
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,861 $19,861 $31,801
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,053 $11,053 $22,993

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $8,019 $22,108
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,857 $2,561
Law Degree — Tuition $9,114 $23,789
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,966 $2,700

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,187 $5,785 $5,187 $5,785 $17,128 $17,726
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,138(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,754 $9,150
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,140 $3,244
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,174 $8,770
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,950 $4,098
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,950 $4,098

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,029 (2,040 male / 2,989 female)
Admitted 2,263 (786 male / 1,477 female)
Admission rate 45%
First-time Enrollment 1,145 (395 male / 750 female)
FT Enrollment 1,131 (388 male / 743 female)
PT Enrollment 14 (7 male / 7 female)
Total Enrollment10,743

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
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 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1203rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 73%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1138th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1030

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 Capacity2,697
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,338
Board Fee$4,018

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 31 1,754 17 14 3 41 1,861
Accounting 45 2 47
African-American/Black Studies 4 4
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 3 3
Agricultural Engineering 1 1
Agriculture, General 1 20 21
Architecture 11 45 3 3 8 70
Art Teacher Education
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 79 1 1 2 84
Business Administration and Management, General 1 174 1 1 177
Business Teacher Education 7 1 8
Chemical Engineering 1 3 4
Chemistry, General 13 1 14
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician 8 8
Civil Engineering, General 3 7 10
Community Psychology 10 1 11
Computer Engineering, General 2 2
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 28 2 32
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 22 2 25
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 179 179
Design and Applied Arts, Other 4 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 14 14
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 3
Economics, General 1 14 15
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 6
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 6 1 7
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 9 1 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 24 1 25
English Language and Literature, General 15 1 16
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 2
Environmental Science 1 4 5
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 4
French Language and Literature 1 1
Graphic Design 24 24
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 18 1 1 20
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 113 2 2 5 122
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 69 69
History, General 1 3 1 5
Industrial Engineering 3 3
Information Technology 3 3
International Agriculture 3 3
Jazz/Jazz Studies 2 2
Journalism 49 3 52
Landscape Architecture 4 2 6
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 4 1 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 97 1 1 1 2 102
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1
Mathematics, General 6 1 7
Mechanical Engineering 2 9 1 12
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education 6 6
Music, General 22 1 23
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 9 1 10
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other 1 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other 11 11
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 6 6
Physics, General 4 4
Political Science and Government, General 72 1 73
Psychology, General 97 1 1 99
Public Health, General 2 19 1 22
Public Relations/Image Management 40 40
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 86 1 6 95
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1 19 20
School Psychology 3 3
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education 2 2
Social Sciences, General 53 53
Social Work 93 1 2 96
Sociology 28 28
Spanish Language and Literature 1 5 6
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5 5
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 9 1 10
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 719th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,182 ($84,397 male / $65,089 female)
Number of FT Faculty 550 (297 male / 253 female)
Number of PT Faculty 708
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $12,078,737

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