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Colleges / Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tallahassee, FL 4-Year Public

FAMU Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to FAMU, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and the application fee costs $35.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

FAMU Admissions Stats at a Glance

FAMU 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17.89%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 86.42%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 51.45%

Applying Early to FAMU?

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at FAMU is 0%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 33%.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is FAMU Hard To Get Into?

Getting into FAMU is moderately difficult. FAMU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, FAMU accepted 33% of all applicants, around 3,124 of the 9,472 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like FAMU, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to nursing, architecture, journalism, public relations programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What Does FAMU Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at FAMU

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

FAMU 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to FAMU must submit the following items. Double check with FAMU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5 3
Other Requirements audition for music major applicants
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into FAMU?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to FAMU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6

Out of all students that were admitted, 32.82% submitted a class rank. At FAMU 17.89% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31.09% were in the top 25% and 82.7% were in the top 50%.

At Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 32.82%
3.75 and 3.99 17.71%
3.50 and 3.74 21.46%
3.25 and 3.49 19.54%
3.00 and 3.24 13.96%
2.50 and 2.9 7.51%
2.00 and 2.49 1.25%

FAMU considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

FAMU does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 86.42% of FAMU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 51.45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for FAMU?

To be competitive with other FAMU applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1140 (or higher!) on the SAT. At FAMU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1140 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of FAMU students scored 560 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of FAMU students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for FAMU?

To be most competitive at FAMU, you should strive to earn between 20 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for FAMU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for FAMU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to FAMU. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in FAMU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

FAMU Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to FAMU?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to FAMU.

Does FAMU accept transfer credits?

FAMU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. FAMU accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

Does FAMU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

FAMU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to FAMU?

FAMU is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is FAMU's acceptance rate?

FAMU's acceptance rate is 33%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at FAMU?

FAMU's early decision acceptance rate was 0% in 2021.

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FAMU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into FAMU? FAMU is a somewhat selective institution. The FAMU acceptance rate is 33%. This means that the institution accepts 32 out of every 100 applicants.



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FAMU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to FAMU is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to FAMU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs



ACT Range

20 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


20 to 24


20 and Less


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1040 - 1140


Math SAT Range

510 - 560


Reading SAT Range

520 - 590

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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At FAMU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.58. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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