Founded on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students, what is now Florida A&M was started with 15 students and two instructors.
Today, Florida A&M University (FAMU) is one of nine institutions in the State University System. In 2008, Diverse Issues in Higher Education cited FAMU as the #1 producer of African-Americans baccalaureate degree holders. Additional accolades include being named "College of the Year" in 1997 by Time Magazine Princeton Review and was named the No. 1 institution for African Americans in 2007 by Black Enterprise magazine.