Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,
Tallahassee, FL 32307


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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Tallahasee, FL 32307

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The University is a general-purpose institution with a broadbased curriculum at the undergraduate level and highly selective offerings at the graduate level. The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal College For Colored Students, with 15 students and two instructors. The 80's saw the expansion of the Gaither Athletic Center-the construction of a new Women's Athletic Complex, a track, an Olympic pool, men and women's weight training rooms, and softball and baseball fields. Bragg Memorial Stadium was renovated and expanded to provide seating for some 25,500 spectators and a modern field house was erected. Construction and renovation projects amounted to more than $34 million.

The School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts publishes a weekly student newspaper and operates an FM radio station. There are nearly 100 student organizations on campus, including nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities, religious groups, fashion/modeling clubs, the Literary Guild, Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Playmakers Guild, and the FAMU Gospel Choir, which released its first album in 1985. The Marching 100 FAMU's 225-member marching band, has received national television and magazine coverage and, in 1985, became the first band outside the Big 10 Conference to earn the Sousa foundation's prestigious Sudler Trophy. The Florida Black Archives, Research Center, and Museum is located on the campus. This facility, which complements academic studies in history, has become a popular tourist attraction. The University sits next to the highest of seven hills of Tallahassee. The University is located eight blocks from the Capitol Complex, and bus service is available from campus to shopping malls; state, county and city offices; and recreational areas. Valued at $119 million, the academic community of 90 buildings, covers 419 acres on the south side of the city. Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, has 125,000 citizens, each enjoying easy access to Gulf Coast beaches, lakes, city and state recreational acres and parks, and college cultural and athletic events.

Eighty-six percent of students receive financial aid awards given in the form of grants, loans, part-time employment, and scholarships. Through the University's Cooperative Education Program, students receive internships and other short-term work-study opportunities in business and industry, education, and government. Cooperative Education has placed students in most of the 50 states. Individual schools and colleges provide undergraduate internships, usually for upper-division students. Students have interned in such places as London, England; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia; and Geneva, Switzerland. The University has 1,943 housing spaces available to undergraduates. Member of the NCAA Division I league A&M offers the following intercollegiate sports: baseball/softball, basketball, cross-country running, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and field, and volleyball. FAMU offers Army and Naval ROTC.

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