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Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, or Florida State A&M University, located in Wahnish Way & Gamble Street Tallahassee, Florida. It was founded in October 1887, as Florida State Normal College for Colored Students. After receiving funds under the Second Morrill Act in 1891 for agricultural and mechanical education, the institution became Florida’s land grant center of learning for African-Americans. The university adopted its present name in 1953 following a change in legislation. The university started its campus life with 15 students and two instructors. Currently, the university has an estimated 13,000 students and 11 doctoral programs, with assets more than $190 million and a current operating budget of more than $210 million. It is a public, co-educational, and fully accredited institution, run by the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Foundation, a vibrant organization dedicated to the progress of the university. The university is placed on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. The main campus of the university extends over 419 acres with 131 buildings among its 13 schools and colleges. The buildings include: the Law Wing of the Coleman Library; Gibbs, Tucker, and Truth Halls; the Agriculture and Home Economics Building (Perry Page), a High School Gymnasium, and the Stadium. One of the most prestigious buildings on the campus is the library building with a distinction of being the only Carnegie Library located on an African-American land-grant college. The university offers 62 bachelor’s degrees in 103 majors/tracks. Two professional degrees and 11 Ph.D. degree programs are also offered. In addition, the university researchers are examining cures for Parkinson’s disease, cancer, HIV, and AIDS. They also conduct research in viticulture and enology, studying mosquito-borne diseases, training next-generation scientists, studying the impact of neighborhood revitalization, and designing future army combat systems. Florida A&M University had surpassed institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford in achieving the top rank for the national achievement finalists in 1992. Currently, the university is one of nine institutions in Florida’s State University System, with achievements nationwide in academics and athletics. While continuing with its historic mission of educating African-Americans, the university also admits students from other communities and races in accomplishing its goal.