Alabama A&M University







Principal Investigators
Bridge to the Doctorate
Bridge to Teaching
National Science Foundation
The Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance
for Minority Participation

Serving over 6,000 students, the institution is a diverse and vibrant microcosm of the larger world around it, attracting visits of seven Nobel Laureates. Alabama A&M University offers numerous degree programs, including the Ph.D. degrees in Food Science, Physics, Plant and Soil Science and Reading/Literacy. It is one of the largest graduate schools among HBCUs (1000 + students).

 Alabama A&M University is a leading producer of African-American Ph.D.’s in Physics and the nation’s leading producer for African-American Ph.D.’s in Plant and Soil Science.  Its nearly 30-year-old MBA program offers more than 120 students concentrations in finance, accounting economics, logistics, management of information systems and marketing.

Dr. Robert R. Jennings

Alabama A&M University, located in Huntsville, Alabama, is a 131 year-old institution supported by the State of Alabama and federal funds.  It was organized in 1875 as the result of a bill passed in the State Legislature in 1873 and through the continued efforts of its first principal and president, William Hooper Councill, an ex-slave. The school opened on May 1, 1875, as the Huntsville Normal School with an

appropriation of $1,000 per year, 61 students and two teachers. Alabama A&M University reflects the uniqueness of the traditional land-grant institution which combines professional, vocational and liberal arts pursuits. The University provides baccalaureate and graduate studies that are compatible with the times to all qualified, capable individuals who are interested in further developing their technical, professional and scholastic skills and competencies. It operates in the three-fold function of teaching, research and public service, including extension. A center of substance and excellence, Alabama A&M University provides a setting for the emergence of scholars, leaders, thinkers and other contributors to society.

The University received a “Class A” rating by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in August 1946 and became a fully accredited member of the Association in December 1963. Alabama A&M University is a dynamic and progressive institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence. The picturesque campus is situated on what many alumni and friends fondly refer to as “The Hill,” only a few miles from downtown Huntsville.