Florida A&M University

public, historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida (U.S.)

Florida A&M University or FAMU, is a public, historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida. Its official name is Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Florida A&M University was built on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee. It opened on October 3, 1887.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Former names
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes
State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students
State Normal College for Colored Students
MottoExcellence With Caring
TypePublic, HBCU
EstablishedOctober 3, 1887 (1887-10-03)
Endowment$127.18 million[1]
PresidentLarry Robinson
Academic staff
Location, ,
420 acres (1.7 km2)
ColorsOrange and Green
NicknameRattlers and Lady Rattlers
AffiliationsState University System of Florida
Urban 13
MascotVenom the Rattlesnake

It is one of the largest historically black universities in the United States, in number of students.[2] It awards bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.

FAMU's main campus is in Tallahassee. It is close to the State Capitol and the campus of Florida State University. The university also has campuses in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Crestview.

The Carnegie Library, in about 1930

National historic district

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College Historic District
FAMU campus, Lee Hall
LocationTallahassee, Florida
Area370 acres (1.5 km2)
ArchitectWilliam Augustus Edwards; Rudolph Weaver, et al.
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Classical Revival
NRHP reference No.96000530[3]
Added to NRHPMay 9, 1996

The Florida A&M Tallahassee Campus has 132 buildings that spread out over 420 acres (1.7 km2). Part of the campus is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This is named the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College Historic District. It was placed on the list on May 9, 1996.

The district is in the center of the campus. In the National Register, it covers 370 acres (1.5 km2). It includes 14 historic buildings and 1 object. One campus building, the old Carnegie Library, is listed separately on the National Register.[3]

On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter put Lee Hall at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[4]


  1. "Sortable Table: College and University Endowments, 2013–14". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  2. "Largest Historically Black Colleges (PHOTOS)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  4. "Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places". The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 29 December 2015.

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