Alabama A&M University, located in Huntsville, Ala., is rich with potential and continues to exhibit all of the makings of a great institution. Anchored in a setting conducive to scholastic achievement, AAMU offers its more than 5,000 students a wide variety of degree programs ranging from the baccalaureate to the Ph.D. degree. Alumni, students and friends have every right to be proud of the University’s proven success and to play a role in continuing its legacy.
In the area of student life, AAMU athletics is the envy of institutions throughout the country. Moreover, freshmen and sophomores find residential living enhanced by additions on either end of the campus of two massive apartment-style residential facilities capable of housing over 500 students each. Normal Hills, a massive apartment complex adjacent to campus, rivals living facilities throughout the city of 200,000. Within walking distance, the state-of-the-art Student Wellness Center opened in Fall 2010.
But whether concentrating on academics; student life, wellness and development; research; Bulldog sports; the internationally noted 200-member Marching Maroon and White Band; the famous University Choir; the phenomenal, award-winning Dairy Team; the riveting Gospel Choir or other pluses–AAMU still stands out among institutions of higher learning in a number of ways. Here are just a few of its outstanding points:
Faculty in AAMU’s School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences pushed AAMU to 5th in the nation in the awarding of agriculture related degrees to undergraduate African-American students. Similarly, biology faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences boosted the University to 7th in the nation in the awarding of biological science degrees to African-American students, while mathematics faculty achieved a 12th in the nation ranking for their work in preparing African-American students to receive math degrees. The School of Engineering and Technology, a newcomer by HBCU standards, achieved an 11th place ranking among engineering schools successful in producing African-American engineers. Meanwhile, the School of Education was ranked 12th in the nation in the production of African-American degrees in education, and the School of Business was 22nd nationally in awarding degrees to African-American students (DIVERSE, 2010).
At the graduate level, AAMU is 2nd in the nation in the production of African Americans who earn Ph.D. degrees in agriculture-related fields. It is also 3rd nationally in agriculture master’s degrees; 24th in master’s psychology degrees; and 47th in master’s computer science degrees (DIVERSE, 2010).
AAMU is the site of Alabama’s oldest baccalaureate degree program in computer science.
The Marching Maroon and White Band led the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade.
AAMU list of Outstanding Alumni is growing by leaps and bounds to include: Ruben Studdard, “American Idol”; former Pittsburgh Steeler turned-CEO John Stallworth; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts; and many others.
A Nobel Laureate has visited the campus every year since 1997.
Five AAMU students were listed on USA Today Academic Teams for four consecutive years, 1997-2000.
AAMU is a leading producer of African-American Ph.D.’s in Physics.
AAMU is one of only three HBCUs offering the baccalaureate degree in city planning; one of the few universities in the nation with a nationally accredited program in urban planning.
The University is North Alabama’s only source for the accredited master’s degree in social work (M.S.W.)
AAMU is a Top Tier (28th) historically black university (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
One of the few HBCUs offering a baccalaureate degree program in telecommunications
The School of Graduate Studies is one of the largest graduate schools among HBCUs (1,100+ students)
AAMU offers a concentration in Space Physics
AAMU teams are a formidable presence in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
AAMU has housed a nationally accredited program in Speech Pathology since 1994.
AAMU has something for everybody: culture, down-home sensitivity, a diversity of people and programs, and a commitment to academic excellence and individual student need.