Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, was founded and established on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students, they began classes with fifteen students and two instructors. Its destiny - to become an institution of higher learning, striving toward even greater heights of academic excellence. Today, Florida A&M University is one of nine institutions in Florida 's State University System, and excellence - "excellence with caring" - remains its goal. And Florida A&M University is one of the best Historical Black Colleges and University (HBCU) throughout the United States of America ever.
While attending Florida A&M University I have seen many good changes as well as the bad ones. And although Florida A&M University has it faults, what school doesnâ€™t? And the problems that we face today are mainly the administrative problems that were developed years ago. First and foremost problem is the Financial Aid office â€“ time after time again they get students their net checks months later than they were supposed to be mailed. And finally, the Registrar Office â€“ you are always put on hold for something, the phone and now the web registration is always down for some odd reason when it comes to trying to register for that semester. However, with our new President, Mr. Fred Gainous, he is improving our university everyday.
One of the best reasons to attend Florida A&M University is because of the worldâ€™s best band, the famous that is always duplicating and imitated, but never innovated, â€œThe Marching 100â€™s" Band. When it is time for the band to perform, everyone comes far and near to see them; however, the band continues to perfect its legacy of excellence, which has resulted in it being labeled as the "Best Marching Band in the Nation" by Sports Illustrated (August, 1992). The band received national recognition in January 1993, when it performed in the 52nd