Successfully Striking Since 1887
When the dark clouds gather on the horizon,
When thunder and lightning fill the sky,
When fate is but a glint in the eye of a fallen Rattler,
And hopes are lost friends,
When the sinew of the chest grows weary,
From those hard charging line backers,
And the muscles and the legs grow tired,
From those hard charging running backs.
You must always remember that the
RATTLERS WILL STRIKE, AND STRIKE AND STRIKE AGAIN!
Learn more about our history and traditions.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) was founded on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students. Today, FAMU offers a total of 100 degree programs. The university offers 56 bachelor's degrees, 29 master's degrees, three professional degrees and 12 doctoral degrees. With an enrollment of nearly 11,000 students, Florida A&M University is part of the State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.