Florida A&M University (FAMU), located in Tallahassee, Florida, is a distinguished historically black university with a storied past that began in 1887. It was established as the State Normal College for Colored Students, just two decades after the Civil War, and has since played a pivotal role in the education and empowerment of African American students. Throughout its history, FAMU has been a center of excellence and innovation, growing from a small institution to one of the largest historically black universities in the United States with an enrollment of over 9,215 students.
FAMU's motto, "Excellence With Caring," encapsulates its commitment to providing a high-quality education while nurturing the individual needs of its students. As a public land-grant and research institution, FAMU offers a wide array of academic programs, including Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees, as well as Post-master's certificates. The university is particularly renowned for its programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, and the Health Sciences. The urban campus setting of FAMU fosters a vibrant and dynamic learning environment, and the university provides campus housing to enhance the collegiate experience.
In athletics, FAMU competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), with its teams known as the Rattlers, a nod to its mascot. The Rattler symbolizes the spirit of determination and resilience that FAMU instills in its students. Florida A&M University continues to uphold its legacy of academic excellence, cultural enrichment, and the development of future leaders in various professional fields.
NCAA Division I - Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Team Name: Rattlers