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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I appreciate the professors being extremely motivational because it gives me that extra push in my subconscious mind that shows me there's someone other than myself that believes in me. A lot of people on this campus have such great spirits and are determined to make something great out of themselves. I love surrounding myself with people in the library that are studying because that is all the more motivation. The curriculum for each major is online so it is easily accessible to anyone that might be considering changing their major like I did, so I was very thankful for that. Of course workloads will vary according to the professor and the class level so it really varies. I prefer a challenging professor over a professor that is an easy one to pass because I actually value the money that I am spending on these classes and I am eager to learn, so I want my money's worth.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: You just have to manage your time and study like everyday !

3 College Junior

Academics: Everyone has their own teaching methods/styles. Some I prefer over others. Being that I am in a graduate program a lot of the work is expected to be looked up by the student. Overall, the adequate curriculum is exposed in order to be successful.

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4 College Senior

Academics: The biology students are great. We help and look out for each other when it comes to assignments, tests, teachers, dos and dont's. If it wasn't for the students I'd do the wrong things and listen to the wrong people. Biology major is hard enough, we help each other which makes it easier.

3 College Junior

Academics: The professors are the worst

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As a historically black college, the University provides educational opportunities to African Americans, but it also serves students of other races, religions, and different backgrounds. Regardless of their background, academics are the top priority of everyone here. Students have to earn their grades—there are no handouts—and professors push everyone to do better than their best. A major strength of FAMU is that the professors actually know the material they are teaching. Plus, FAMU promotes innovative ways of teaching, research, and use of technology, so students get a clear glimpse of what their career choice will be like. In terms of programs offered, the University has it all, from agriculture to nursing to the award-winning journalism school. However, many students argue that the University does not have enough art-based majors and caters to sciences and agriculture.

The professors here have great relationships with the students. The professors are easy to talk to and are willing to help students earn the best grades possible. The workload can get pretty heavy, but it’s not unmanageable. Advisers also are very helpful and good at communicating the requirements each student needs in order to graduate in four years. However, students are encouraged to handle registering and advising as early as possible because of the high demand of counseling from the staff.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
577
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
166
Total FT Faculty
577
Faculty with Terminal Degree
74%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,857
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
69%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
40%
Programs/Majors Offered
74
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 30%
  • 20 to 49 students: 52%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering (FAMU-FSU)
  • College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture
  • Environmental Sciences Institute
  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Business and Industry
  • School of General Studies
  • School of Journalism and Graphic Communication
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 4%
  • Law: 5%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
FAMU offers a Distance Learning Program. Current FAMU students can take the online readiness test to make sure their computer skills are up to par for taking an online course. After that, students can select courses from the catalog.
Best Places to Study
  • Bottom half of the cafĂ©
  • Coleman Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open-minded to the different personalities and people at FAMU.
  • Be prepared to work hard!
  • Do not skip class. You will learn something new in each one.
  • Make a plan and stick with it.
  • Market yourself and network with alumni.
  • Study before you go out to the club. Remember: You're a student first.
  • Take advantage of the many opportunities offered here.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 90 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 92 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 19 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% K.Michelle - singer, songwriter
  • 19% Common - musician, actor
  • 18% Anika Noni Rose- actress
  • 17% William Packer - producer
  • 10% Pam Oliver - sportscaster
  • 6% Rico Love - rapper, songwriter, producer

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 58% This was one of my top choices.
  • 26% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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