Alabama A&M College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences Facts
• AAMU ranks 5th in the nation in awarding of degrees to African Americans in the field of engineering (DIVERSE, 2014)
• AAMU ranks 4th in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to African Americans in the communications technologies areas (DIVERSE, 2014).
• Ranks in the top 15 nationally in producing minority graduates in the STEM disciplines
• AAMU is also a national leader in the graduation of females in STEM
• Consists of four departments: Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering, Construction Management and Industrial Technology, Physics, Chemistry and Math
• Currently there is a total of more than 1000 students enrolled in STEM studies
• AAMU STEM programs have grown more than 7% annually for the last 5 years
STEM Stars Program
• Program initiated in 2014 to raise the overall level of scholarship in the STEM program
• Provides students in the top 1% of their graduating high school class with a full scholarship that covers education, books, lodging and food.
• Four to ten students each year inducted into the STEM Star program (currently)
• They are provided with a full scholarship for 4 years
• Donor-provided $37K will be matched by the University Foundation to support these scholarships. The school also places a priority on finding these students high-quality summer internships.
• STEM Star students are currently averaging above 25 on incoming ACTs, and have an incoming GPA of 3.25 or higher.
• The positive effects of the program have extended well beyond the direct recipients; providing performance reinforcement to other students and allowing educators to raise the level of education presented across the college.
Alabama A&M University Basics
- 4,940 undergraduates and 874 graduate students from 44 states and 11 foreign countries
- 42% are first-time college students
- Middle 50th percentile on ACT: 17-18
- 75% of students participate in community service projects
- 97% of attendees receive some sort of financial assistance
- 20:1 student-faculty ratio
- Fewer than 40 students in 86% of courses presented across the University
- 348 faculty members across all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
- Five undergraduate schools (Agricultural & Environmental, Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Engineering & Technology) and Graduate Studies.
- 41 Baccalaureate, 23 Master’s, 1 EdS and 4 doctoral degrees offered
- Degrees conferred: BA, BGS, BS, BSCE, BSEE, BSET, BSME, EdS, MBA, MEd, MEng, MS, MSW, MURP, PhD.
Other Alabama A&M University Notes of Interest
• Founded in 1875 by a former slave, William Hooper Councill and opened as the “Huntsville Normal School” in downtown Huntsville
• The University has a program to recognize families and organizations who have contributed more than $100K in their lifetimes to AAMU. To date, there are 9 families/individuals and 2 institutions that have been honored.
• The largest single donation the University foundation has received from an individual is a gift of $175K.
• Through its more than 5,000 students and 800 employees, AAMU has a $350 million economic impact on the region. (Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce)
Notes about College and University Foundations
• The current total endowment of AAMU’s Foundation is slightly over $46M
• Of 812 institutions in the US and Canada reporting their endowments, the AAMU endowment ranks at 642, between Misericordia University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1924) and the University of Mary in North Dakota (1959).
• More than 10% of the schools that reported in 2015 have endowments that exceed $1B. (2015 NCSE Endowment Market Values).