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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
FAMU
Motto Excellence With Caring
Established October 3, 1887 (1887-10-03)
Type Public, HBCU
Land-grant
Endowment $127.18 million
President Elmira Mangum
Academic staff 630
Students 9,928
Location Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
Campus Urban
420 acres (1.7 km2)
Former names Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes
(1909–1953)
State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students
(1891–1909)
State Normal College for Colored Students
(1887–1891)
Colors Orange and Green
           
Athletics NCAA Division I– Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Nickname Rattlers and Lady Rattlers
Mascot Venom the Rattlesnake
Affiliations State University System of Florida
Urban 13
APLU
TMCF
Website www.famu.edu
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Florida A&M University or FAMU, is a public, historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida. Its official name is Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Florida A&M University was built on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee. It opened on October 3, 1887.

It is one of the largest historically black universities in the United States, in number of students. It awards bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.

FAMU's main campus is in Tallahassee. It is close to the State Capitol and the campus of Florida State University. The university also has campuses in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa and Crestview.

Carnegie Library at Florida A&M University Tallahassee, Florida
The Carnegie Library, in about 1930

National historic district

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College Historic District
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FAMU campus, Lee Hall
Location Tallahassee, Florida
Area 370 acres (1.5 km2)
Built 1907
Architect William Augustus Edwards; Rudolph Weaver, et al.
Architectural style(s) Colonial Revival, Classical Revival
Governing body State

The Florida A&M Tallahassee Campus has 132 buildings that spread out over 420 acres (1.7 km2). Part of the campus is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This is named the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College Historic District. It was placed on the list on May 9, 1996.

The district is in the center of the campus. In the National Register, it covers 370 acres (1.5 km2). It includes 14 historic buildings and 1 object. One campus building, the old Carnegie Library, is listed separately on the National Register.

On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter put Lee Hall at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.