Students Say

At many universities, the school motto is just a slogan on a seal. But at Florida A&M, students assure us that their motto "excellence with caring" is actualized on every level of university life.

Overview

Applicants
5,017
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
27%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
430 - 523
SAT Math
420 - 510
ACT Composite
18 - 22

Deadlines


Regular
May 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

First Generation

Overall

Students Say

At many universities, the school motto is just a slogan on a seal. But at Florida A&M, students assure us that their motto "excellence with caring" is actualized on every level of university life. Instructors here "don't just teach, they mentor as well." As one student puts it, "My academic experience here has been challenging, but the support you receive is what has made it one to cherish." Another tells us FAMU provides "an unmatched, high-quality, affordable education for all walks of life, while staying true to its historically black roots." "It features several colleges, including the School of Business and Industry, that encourage growth, both personally and professionally, so that students are ready to meet life's challenges head on." Programs in pharmacy, nursing, architecture, and journalism also receive high praise, and in all majors, there is an "emphasis on professional development." While learning the fundamental and essential information contained within one's major, one is also being taught professionalism and how to handle oneself in the business world." Professors are "experts from the field," "have a sincere passion to teach," and "are always there when you need them, in and out of the classroom." While the "administration as a whole is sometimes slow about getting things done," especially financial aid paperwork, FAMU has excellent scholarship opportunities, and among the student body, faculty, and alumni alike, there are "networking opportunities like no other" school can offer.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.9:1
Total Faculty
791
with Terminal Degree
420

645
Minority
405
Men
386
Women

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Althea Gibson
First African American to Win Wimbledon Women's Single Crown

Robert "Bullet Bob" Hayes
Olympic Gold Medalist

Pam Oliver
FOX Sports Reporter

Keith Clinkscales
Founder and Former CEO, Vibe Magazine

Anika Noni Rose
Actress (Dream Girls)

Rob Hardy and Will Packer
Filmmakers (Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, and Obsessed)

Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.
Nationally Acclaimed Cancer Surgon

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,967

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,724

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,274

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,407

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
87%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,727

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,644
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,586
Required Fees
$140
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,138

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,440
Transportation for Commuters
$1,712

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Student descriptions of a typical Rattler: "Someone [who] was [in] the top of their high school class" and "one of African-American descent with extensive ambition and a very outgoing personality." The "typical students at FAMU love to party, but they also know when it's time to crack down and hit the books." But across the board, students say, "The typical student is always looking for ways to stay involved and to give back to the school and to the community." "Fitting in at FAMU is as simple as being involved on campus," and "students are always actively engaged in the various clubs and organizations," of which "there are too many…to count, so there is a club for everybody to join." While FAMU is highly ranked among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, "there is a growing population of all different races and minorities, which is great." There are also a lot of legacy students here.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,495
Out of State

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

90.98%
African-American
1.58%
Hispanic
6.20%
Caucasian
1.01%
International

62% female
38% male
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview

Students Say

School spirit is everything at FAMU! Students take a lot of pride in both their personal endeavors and their collective identity as a "FAMU-ly." "Homecoming time is the best time!" one student says. "It feels like a family reunion. Alumni reach out to students and vice versa." Football games here are well-attended, and the school's band, the Marching 100, is one of the top in the nation, making for un-missable half-time shows. But athletics are hardly the only extracurricular activity getting attention at FAMU; Students say, "We take student elections very seriously, and many campaigns at Florida A&M University could go head to head with national campaigns." "People participate in extracurricular activities such as modeling troupes, dance troupes, organizations in your major, Greek organizations and community service organizations." The Set, the school's student union, is a major social hub, and is home to the weekly party Set Friday, "where the student body has a great time starting off the weekend with all the perks of…college social life... All of the organizations showcase something, [and] there are music, food, [and] vendors." School pride translates to academic achievements as well, and studying in groups in the library is a popular past time. Students assure us, "We play hard and do schoolwork harder!"

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Dr. Danette Saylor

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation;no more than three years old/disability certification form

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Letter from a physician on letterhead/disability certification form

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
169
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
5

2% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rattlers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Rattlers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups: The university's Counseling Center provides students with counseling services in an array of areas including sexual orientation. The Counseling Center URL http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?Counseling&Welcome.

Minority Support Groups: FAMU is a HBCU which is focused on the education of minority college students. The university offers a wide array of services to its students including counseling services, tutoring services, and remedial programs.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered

Sustainability

Green Rating
77

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
40

Average Number of PC's per Lab
50

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP- 10% discount for students Dell - 10% discount for students

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mrs. Sheryl Cooper
Director of Orientation

Address
Student Union Building
Suite 105
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Phone
850-599-3869

Email
famuorientation@famu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Black Archives
FAMU/FSU College of Engineering
Athletic Department
Army/Navy ROTC
Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Tallahassee Junior Museum
The Florida Capitol
The Governor Sq. Mall
Wakulla Springs (with Glass Bottom Boats)
Over 25 Parks and Recreation Centers
Challenge Learning Center of Tallahassee

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Right Before the Campus Tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
derek.horne@famu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact the Department of Interest

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, Bus Shuttles between Florida A & M Univ./Florida State Univ./Tallahassee Community College/Malls. The Tallahassee Regional Air Port is less than 10 minutes drive to the FAMU.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-10 East/West, from Highway 90 E/W, signs and check points are strategically placed pointing to the direction of the University.

Local Accommodations
Most hotels and motels are less than 5 miles from the University. The prices range from $37/night to $120/night. It all depends on individual's choice and payment options.
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Key Stats

5,017
Applicants
8,495
Size
49%
Acceptance Rate
940
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists