FAMU's efforts to grow it's graduate enrollment are being to bear fruit. In 2004 there were1,569 graduate students enrolled at FAMU compared to 1,690 students enrolled in graduate courses this fall.
FAMU hopes to grow its reputation as a research institution to bring more graduate students to the university. Its graduate programs in pharmacy, physics, business and environmental science are a big draw for minority students.
“People are becoming more and more confident with FAMU’s ability to do research,” said Chanta Haywood, dean of graduate studies and research at FAMU.
It was FAMU’s reputation and connections that helped Viniece Jennings choose FAMU over other universities.
“My mentors (at Delaware State) recommended professors who were here,” said Jennings, a doctoral student in environmental science at FAMU.
FAMU is the largest producer of black PhD graduates in environmental sciences. Graduate students attract additional money to a public university. The state of Florida pays more money to university for each graduate student, just as it does for students in the upper division (junior/senior level).