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How does the joint college work?

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Why is it the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering?

Does Florida A&M have engineering? Does Florida State have engineering?

Yes, both Florida A&M University, a top-ranked Historically Black University (HBCU) and Florida State University, a top-tier research university, offer professional engineering degree programs. The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is the joint college for engineering education and research for both universities. Why? In 1982, the Florida Legislature created the college to serve both institutions that are in the same city, only a few miles apart. The college is on a separate, independent campus in the heart of the high-tech sector in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. It is supported by both universities and is unlike any other in the nation in terms of diversity, student demographics and opportunities for funding and research projects made possible by this unique model.

Students at the college are enrolled in either FAMU or FSU but, after completing pre-requisites (undergraduates) study, research and learn together on the shared campus. They enjoy all the same professors, staff and facilities that benefit from association with two leading national, public universities. After degree completion, students graduate from their home university (either FAMU or FSU). They are alumni of their respective university and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Graduate students at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering enroll through either university and work and research in one of the many nationally-renowned engineering research laboratories adjacent to the engineering campus. The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion, Center for Advanced Power Systems and RIDER Center are a few of the engineering labs associated with the college and our graduate programs.

All of our faculty are jointly appointed at both Florida A&M and Florida State universities. In fact, being the nexus of two top-ranked, highly-respected universities gives us what we consider to be a great advantage. It also gives our students the unique learning environment they need to become the engineers of tomorrow and leaders who embrace and champion multi-identity engineering as a valued standard. (You can learn more about how we’re embracing our intersectionality here.)

Whether you are looking for an HBCU degree in engineering or an R-1 research university experience, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering meets your needs.

Explore our degree offerings and research news to learn more. You can also check out our student spotlights and alumni stories.

Here’s a short explainer video that makes it clear: