Diversity

Location
Tallahassee, FL
Undergrads
9,100
Tuition (in-state)
$17,726 ($5,785)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Diversity: There are a lot of different economic backgrounds on campus. Most people are open with their sexual orientation.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Even though FAMU is a HBCU it is diverse we have muslims, homosexuals, we have trans people with different views

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are numerous diversities within the African American community with regards to culture, background and origin. The school could be more diverse as far as other races, for example Indian, Hispanic, and Asian.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is very accepting about sexual preference. Everyone gets along with everyone . Everyone talks to each other no matter of the sexual orientation. Everyone has there own religion and everyone still click with each other.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: This is a mostly black school but everyone is accepting of each either even if someone is white or Hispanic

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  • 222nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angel Neal
Hometown
Tampa, Fla
Major
Journalism/Magazine Production
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The majority of students at FAMU are African American, but there are also international students, Caucasians, island natives, Asians, Indians, and Hispanics, just to name a few. Multiculturalism is a big part of campus life. FAMU reaches out to students of every background, and many professors are from different economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Many think that just because FAMU is a historically black university the school is for black students only. But in reality, HBCUs have always been diverse. In classes at FAMU, you might have students from Egypt and Canada. It’s not a rare occurrence to see a non-African American student, and most professors are different ethnicities. There is also diversity among the African American students. For example, not everyone comes from the same economic standing—some grew up in high-income families and some did not. Overall, diversity is well represented at the University, and students of ethnic minorities and religious groups are active on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
94%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
1%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
3%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
Yes
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
20%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 27%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 72%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 19%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
For the most part, FAMU students are accepting of alternative lifestyles. Gay students are treated just like any other student; in fact, some hold major leadership positions on campus. The Gay-Straight Alliance is active on campus.
Political Activity
FAMU students are heavily involved with the political aspects of the world. During election times, students are very involved and host rallies about the importance of voting. Many students here are Democrats, but there are also some Republicans. The faculty makes it a top priority to get students involved, whether it's voting or campaigning for their future U.S. leaders or the FAMU royal court.
Economic Status
Some students are on scholarships, and a majority of the students receive financial aid in the form of grants or loans. Very few students actually pay tuition out of pocket. There are students from wealthier backgrounds, but there is no segregation among the students. For the most part, everybody accepts everyone else here.
Most Common Religions
The most common religion here is Christian, and you'll find students who attend Baptist, African Methodist, or non-denominational churches. There are a few organizations on campus that cater to religious backgrounds, including the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Catholic Student Association, and House of Judah Christian Ministries. The differences between students who practice different religions aren't that obvious because most students tend to accept the diversity of their peers.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs on campus but not that many. Some include the Caribbean Student Association and Haitian Culture Club.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 98 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 98 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 34% Not sure
  • 23% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 102 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 101 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 99 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 66% Very accepting.
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