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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: Narrative Description


Tallahassee, FL 32307-3200
Tel: (850)599-3000
Admissions: (850)599-3796
Fax: (850)561-2428
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 419-acre urban campus. Research spending 2003-04: $20 million. Total enrollment: 13,064. Faculty: 621 (all full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 5,709 applied, 71% were admitted. Full-time: 9,349 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,227 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 73 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.02% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 97% black, 0.3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% 25 or older, 3% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Florida State University. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.2 high school GPA. Required for some: essay, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/9. Notification: continuous until 8/1. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $3318 full-time, $110.60 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,662 full-time, $555.40 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $5766. College room only: $3476. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 125 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 19% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Gospel Choir, University Marching Band, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, SBI. Major annual events: Homecoming Convocation, Business Expo, Black College Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 3,146 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Coleman Memorial Library plus 5 others with 484,801 books, 156,018 microform titles, 7,672 serials, 73,957 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.7 million.

Community Environment:

Tallahassee, a community of varied interests, provides an ideal setting for a thriving comprehensive university. The community abounds in a broad range of programs and activities, including three institutions of higher education; city, county, and state government; civic and community organizations; art galleries; theater and music archives, libraries and museums; state parks and recreational facilities; tree-shaded streets and highways; and a 13,500-seat Civic Center.

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