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Noteworthy Achievements

  • The University was ranked 18th among HBCUs by U.S. News and World Report moving up from 28th
  • The University’s new website was launched in July 2011.  To date over 200,000 unique views have been recorded and over 2.5 million pages viewed. 
  • Second year retention increased from 68% to 75% exceeding the norm of 72% for our 1890 peer universities and 68% for our Alabama peer universities.
  • The aesthetics of the campus continued to be enhanced.  The University received the Huntsville Beautification Award with rating of 19.5 out of 20.
  • Two marquees were installed with attracting landscaping enhancing their presence.
  • The new structure of academic colleges to replace the structure of academic schools was implemented in the Fall of 2011.
  • The Men’s Tennis Team was the recipient of the NCAA Public Recognition Award for having a perfect 1000 APR which ranked them in the Top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports nationally.
  • Ranked 2nd in the nation in awarding doctorates to minorities in agriculture-related fields.
  • Top 15 in the nation in producing graduates in the STEM discipline
  • Top 10 producer of undergraduate degrees to minorities in engineering
  • Have commissioned 973 officers for the armed services through our ROTC program
  • Only university in the nation that has hosted a Nobel Laureate for 14 consecutive years
  • Offers 71 degree programs with doctoral programs in Food Science, Physics, Plant and Soil Science and Reading
  • Have a $650 million economic impact locally and in the region with an estimated economic impact of $ 24 million for the Magic City Classic
  • About 75% of our students are from the state of Alabama with the Top 5 counties being Madison, Jefferson, Mobile, Limestone and Montgomery
  • About 49% of the freshman students enrolled are males and about 51% are females
  • Student Amanda Whatley participated in an internship with the U.S. Department of State in Bursa, Turkey this past summer
  • Whiquitta Tobar, a women’s basketball guard was a Fulbright Scholar and this past summer was selected from among 5,000 applicants for the a five-week New York University School of Law, Harvard Law School and Advantage Testing Foundation Trials Program
  • The university has five Muskie Fellows, foreign exchange students
  • Robert Mathis is currently playing football with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Dr. Jack Thomas was recently installed as the 11th President of Western Illinois University, only the second graduate of AAMU to be appointed president and the first to TWI.
  • Dr. Marquita Davis was recently appointed as Director of Finance for the State of Alabama
  • A group of high school students from Alabama's Black Belt counties are now enrolled in dual credit agriculture courses.
  • University will be playing Auburn University in November, 2012 for the first time in history.