History of Florida A&M University

Every university has a history, but few have a history as unique and impressive as ours.

If future and current Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University students are not aware of our past, they will learn through our culture and traditions.

Here are the moments that led FAMU to be the premiere school among historically Black colleges and universities, and the only historically Black university in the 12-member State University System of Florida.

The Growth of FAMU’s Campus

As the number of FAMU students has increased, the campus has expanded to keep pace.

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A Look Back

Our history reaches deep into Florida’s past. 11 presidents, 7 interim presidents, and 130+ years of excellence

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FAMU was founded on October 3, 1887. It began classes with 15 students and 2 instructors.

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How the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students became Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (FAMC)

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FAMU President Thomas D. Tucker
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Meet the individuals who laid the foundation.

State Normal College for Colored Students c/o 1904
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How Florida A&M College became Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

FAMU Students Protesting against the arrest of 23 of their classmates c. 1960
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The ’50s and ’60s were times of social unrest and change in the nation.

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The first class at FAMU College of Law graduates in 1954
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How the University grew to 11 schools and colleges and a Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education.

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These leaders steered the way through a time of change toward success.

FAMU President Dr. Frederick S. Humphries
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In 1992, 1995 and 1997, FAMU enrolled more National Achievement finalists than Harvard, Yale and Stanford.

How the Past has Influenced the Present.

Over 130 years, FAMU has served the citizens of the State of Florida and the world through its preeminent educational programs. These programs are the building blocks for a legacy of “Excellence With Caring.” For this reason, FAMU is "Florida's Opportunity University.” The school was originally designed to meet the needs of the underrepresented and the underprivileged, and we remain committed to meeting the challenges and needs of future generations.

Larry Robinson, Ph.D., 12th president of Florida A&M University (FAMU)
"FAMU Rising"

Under Dr. Robinson's leadership, FAMU continues to thrive and has implemented new recruitment and retention strategies, strengthened the University's academic programs, and more!

FAMU Freshmen Students during Orientaion
Become Living History

One of the best ways to determine if a university is right for you is to visit the campus. We offer campus tours to provide students and their families as well as high school and/or community groups a better understanding of campus life.  

FAMU Student Celebrate During Commencement Ceremony
Ready to be a Rattler?

We're thrilled that you're applying to Florida A&M University! We offer 54 bachelor's degrees, 29 master's degrees, three professional degrees, and twelve doctoral degrees. Find one that helps you accomplish your goals.

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