Alabama A&M In Huntsville


Alabama A&M In Huntsville

Alabama A&M University is a public, historically black, land-grant university located in Normal, a neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama, United States. AAMU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in the 1870s as a normal school, it took its present name in 1969. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, has 28 buildings and 4 structures listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places. With academic programs ranging from engineering to education, the letters “A&M”, originally short for “Agricultural and Mechanical”, are retained primarily as a link to the university’s roots in agriculture and mechanical programs.

Alabama A&M was established by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1875. By 1878, the state appropriation increased to $2,000 and the school changed its name to the State Normal and Industrial School. In 1885 the name was changed to State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville. By 1890, the school site became known as Normal, Alabama, and a post office was established. In 1891, the school was designated as a Land-Grant college through legislative enactment under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890. In 1896, its name was changed to The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes. In 1919, the school became the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute for Negroes. In 1948 it was renamed the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. AAMU became fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1963. In June 1969, the school adopted its current name. The new millennium saw the construction of the West Campus Complex, the erection of the 21,000-seat Louis Crews Stadium, the renovations of buildings and the moving of athletic programs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The School of Engineering and Technology facility was built in 2002, and the Ph.D. program in Reading and Literacy was established. Dr. Andrew Hugine was approved by the Board of Trustees as the 11th president on June 18, 2009. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved out-of-state scholarships for the Fall 2016 semester. The scholarships are contingent on prospective students meeting various academic qualifications.

Mission Statement

To employ the resident knowledge and expertise in various disciplines in science and technology in the University for improving the lives of people in Alabama, the nation and the world by incorporating international dimensions into teaching, discovery and scholarship​, outreach or public service programs so that…

    * Alabama A&M University’s students learning experience is enhanced and graduates understand and appreciate the global environment in which all disciplines function and are therefore, market-ready;

    * AAMU research and outreach programs have access to the best ideas and technologies regardless of where they are generated;

    * Alabama’s international competitiveness within a sustainable economic development and growth is strengthened and maintained.

The resident knowledge and expertise in various international disciplines, in science and technology in the University must then be employed for improving the lives of people in Alabama, the nation and the world.


In 2015 Alabama A&M University will be nationally and globally recognized as a leader, a major resource for and provider of scientific and professionally-based knowledge and expertise in most fields, particularly in international agricultural science and technology, because it possesses in various disciplines, globally competent faculty, students and staff who live, compete and work well in an increasingly dynamic and interdependent global community.


4900 Meridian St N,
Huntsville, AL 35811
P. O. Box 908 (Undergraduate)
or P. O. Box 998 (Graduate)
Normal, Alabama 35762
Phone: (256) 372-5000

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