About FAMU

About FAMU

Founded October 3, 1887, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a public, historically Black university located in Tallahassee, Florida. What distinguishes FAMU from other universities is its legacy of providing access to a high-quality, affordable education with programs and services that guide students toward successfully achieving their dreams. FAMU is part of the State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

In addition to the main Tallahassee campus, FAMU has several satellite campuses across Florida. These include the College of Law in Orlando and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, which has sites in Crestview, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami.

Mission & Vision

  • Mission

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues and the empowerment of citizens and communities. The University provides a student-centered environment consistent with its core values. The faculty is committed to educating students at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels, preparing graduates to apply their knowledge, critical thinking skills and creativity in their service to society. FAMU’s distinction as a doctoral and research institution will continue to provide mechanisms to address emerging issues through local and global partnerships.  Expanding upon the University’s land-grant status, it will enhance the lives of constituents through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service. While the University continues its historic mission of educating African Americans, FAMU embraces persons of all races, ethnic origins and nationalities as life-long members of the University community.

  • Vision
    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will be recognized as a premier land-grant, doctoral-research university that produces globally competitive graduates.

    Achieving this vision requires the University to provide students with an educational experience that allows them to compete in the 21st-century global economy. Today’s students are interested in becoming entrepreneurs and innovators. They are not just interested in getting a job, but addressing social issues and providing transformational solutions to world and community problems. At FAMU, we are enhancing our status as a first-choice institution that students will pay for and in which donors will invest. We will create strategies and choices to accomplish this, using six guiding principles: quality, integrity, transparency, accountability, core values, and outstanding customer service.

FAMU Essential Values

  • Scholarship
  • Excellence
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Openness
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Service
  • Diversity
  • Fairness
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Collegiality
  • Freedom
  • Shared Governance
  • Ethics
Aerial View of Florida A&M University's Campus


  • Quick Facts
  • Enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the United States and more than 70 countries.

  • 2020-2021 Academic Profile (Admitted First Time in College Students) – 3.67 GPA / 23 ACT

  • Retention Rate 82% / Acceptance Rate 30%

  • One-third of summer and fall 2020 incoming students majored in S.T.E.A.M.

  • Accolades
  • Ranked #104 in 2022U.S. News & World Report Rankings
    - Highest ranked public HBCU (for three consecutive years)
    -  #13 in social mobility

  • 23 degree programs ranked in top 10
  • Number 1 HBCU for Research and Development (National Science Foundation)

  • Named Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leader