Nicknamed “Florida’s Opportunity University,” Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students in 1887. Located in Tallahassee, FAMU is the only HBCU in the eleven member State University System of Florida. In 1909, the name was changed to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (FAMC) and the next year, it awarded its first degrees. In 1953, the school became a university, thus becoming Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and marking the beginning of a significant growth period that brought the university a School of Pharmacy, Law, Graduate Studies, and Nursing. In the 50s and 60s, students were integral in sparking a boycott of the buses in Tallahassee that successfully staged integrated the city’s public transportation. In 2014, FAMU welcomed its first permanent female president in its 126-year history, Dr. Elmira Mangum. Today, FAMU is recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National Universities” and listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.
Notable Alumni Include: Microsoft chair John W. Thompson and U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.