Alabama A&M University

Alabama A&M University

Alabama, United States | Public


The foundation of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M University) was laid on May 1, 1875, as the Huntsville Normal School with an annual fund of $1,000, 61 students, and two teachers. AAMU is one of the first land-grant institutions founded for African American students under the Morrill Act. Being a historically black college, the 131-year-old educational institute has a tradition that is rich and divine.



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The 2,300-acre hillside campus conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., designer of New York’s Central Park is set in Normal, a suburb of northern Alabama. The University is just four miles away and literally a five-minute drive from the high-tech center Huntsville known as the “Rocket City”. Students commute to the city via a very reliable public transportation system which takes them anywhere in Huntsville, especially joints like the mall, Target, Walmart, the local Wells Fargo, and downtown.


AA&MU has a great environment that is conducive to learning. The institute strives to provide students opportunities to pursue their professional and personal objectives via studies, research, public services or extended classes. AAMU has a program called “Changing Lanes”, an initiative undertaken by seniors to make fresh students feel at home. The university offers educational amenities like a library, computer labs and a learning resource unit. The campus also has the State Black Archives Research Center and Museum, the Agribition Center for holding events, a health center etc. In addition, there is a huge wellness center that houses a swimming pool, bowling alley and aerobic classes.
AAMU boasts of a co-ed student body that comprises a population of 4,496 undergrads and 831 graduates from 49 states and 23 foreign countries.

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The male-female ratio in AAMU is 45-55percentage. Nearly 45 percent of the students reside in facilities that are owned, operated, or affiliated to the University. Around 55 percent of students live off campus.
The University strongly believes that living on campus is one of the best experiences of student life. The options available to live on campus are numerous. Students who are a part of living learning communities will live in the Ernest L. Knight complex or the Mamie Labon Foster complex. The Harriet J. Terry Hall and Solomon Palmer Hall IIIare all-female residential hall that house first year female students. The Clarence F. Stephens Hall and Thomas V. Morris Hall are exclusively for first year male students. The Emily Thigpen hall houses female students from all class years. Lastly, The Henry C. Hopkins hall houses all upper class students. Each building has community areas, laundry rooms, study lounges, cable connections as well as computer labs.


AAMU faculty constitutes of world-class scholars. Passionately involved in their own research, the professors impart a wealth of knowledge along with their research expertise to the students. The staff is accessible at all times and readily assists students outside classrooms. The faculty makes an effort to bond with pupils in order to help them grow intellectually and personally.

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The career center on the campus is quite resourceful and helps grads finds good placements as well as internships. Companies that frequently hire are Alabama Power, TMT Group, Inc., Verizon Wireless, Williams, Adley Company, LLP, among others.

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