FAMU Continues to Attract the Best and Brightest as Enrollment Increases

By: AP Email
By: AP Email


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Preliminary figures released by the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Registrar’s Office show a 12.5 percent increase in freshmen enrollment.

Based on preliminary figures, FAMU enrolled 2,067 incoming freshmen this fall. Last year, the university enrolled 1,836 freshmen. Figures released by the university’s registrar show a total of 12,174 students enrolled at FAMU, which is a 2.7 percent increase over the 11,848 students enrolled in 2008.

In this freshman class are some of the nation’s best and brightest.

As a National Achievement Scholar, Jason Moore, a Tallahassee native, was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown and Stanford Universities, the Universities of Florida and Pennsylvania – but he chose Florida A&M University.

At the young age of 16, fall 2009 is Moore’s first semester as a Rattler and Life Gets Better Scholar (LGB).

Moore started his tenure at FAMU with 61 credit hours as a student in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. According to Moore, the allure of an Ivy League university was minuscule in comparison to what FAMU had to offer.

“I’m really looking forward to going to class and experiencing the social aspect of FAMU,” Moore said. “I remember when I found out I was accepted. I was so excited. I rushed to tell my parents. This is such a great privilege.”

“The tradition of attracting the best and brightest is indeed rekindled at FAMU,” said Roland Gaines, vice president for Student Affairs. “We are proud of our vigorous recruitment strategies, and have worked relentlessly to ensure students that they can reach their true potential.”

In order to be a LGB scholar, an incoming freshmen must be designated a National Achievement, Hispanic, or Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Corporation with a 1200 in reading and math on the SAT or 23 on the ACT. An incoming freshmen that is not a National Achievement, Hispanic, or Merit Semifinalists must have at least a 3.50 high school GPA and a score of 1300 in reading and math on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

Student must also major in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics or physics in order to be eligible for the LGB scholarship.

Oleta Johnson, a freshman majoring in bio-chemistry from Charleston, S.C., thought FAMU was the perfect fit for her, academically and socially. After a visit from a recruiter, she knew for sure that she would be attending this fall.

“The day I found out I was a Life Gets Better Scholar was basically the day I made up my mind,” she said. “A recruiter named Willis Saunders was with my counselor from high school and he looked over and said to me ‘Oleta I want to offer you a full-ride to FAMU.’ ”

Johnson was accepted to Spelman and had scholarship offers from Howard and Clemson Universities, University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. According to Johnson, none of the offers were as good as the LGB scholarship.

The National Achievement Scholars enrolled this fall are:

· Christian Scott, an engineering student from Phenix City, Ala.

· Jason Moore, a pharmacy student from Tallahassee, Fla.

· Darlene Etuk, a chemistry student from Atlanta, Ga.

· Jonathan Lovett, an engineering student from Augusta, Ga.

· Aria Aaron, a journalism student from Nashville, Tenn.

· Bethany Holt, an economics student from Nashville, Tenn.

Etuk, Lovett, Moore and Scott are also LGB Scholars. The other LGB Scholars are:

· Cameron Askew, a computer science student from Lawrenceville, Ga.

· Elisa Cornelius, a biology pre-med student from Jacksonville, Fla.

· Ashleigh Davis, a computer information systems student from Stone Mountain, Ga.

· Omekaro Edukore, am engineering student from Tallahassee, Fla.

· Clasherrol Edwards, a biology pre-med student from Alexander, Al.

· Tyler Fryberger, II, a biology student from Ritzville, Wash.

· Andrielle Giscombe, an engineering student from Oviedo, Fla.

· Latifa Henry-Irons, biology pre-med student from Tallahassee, Fla.

· Gerston James, a computer engineering student from Hampton, Va.

· Michael Jefferson, an engineering student from Indianapolis, Ind.

· David Johnson, a biology pre-med student from Riverdale, Ga.

· Oleta Johnson, a chemistry student from Ladson, S.C.

· Taylar-Lillian Jordan, a biology student from Gulfport, Miss.

· Simone Kegler, an engineering student from Atlanta, Ga.

· Sequoya Killebrew, a biology pre-med student from Orlando, Fla.

· Krystan McAulay, a biology student from Miami, Fla.

· Loren McLendon, a biology student from Jacksonville, Fla.

· Simone Meekins, a biology student from Ludowici, Ga.

· Gaelle Napoleon, a biology pre-med student from Far Rockaway, N.Y.

· Robert Nolan, III, an engineering student from Miramar, Fla.

· Ian Nottage, a physics student from Mountain View, Ca.

· Abraham Oshotse, a physics student from Atlanta, Ga.

· Sabyne Peeler, a biology student from Lithonia, Ga.

· Derick Pierre, a computer engineering student from Palm Bay, Fla.

· April Prather, a biology student from Mobile, Ala.

· Asha Rizor, a biology student from Stockbridge, Ga.

· Terry Thomas, an engineering student from Kansas City, Mo.

· Jeremiah Wadley, a computer information systems student from Riverdale, Ga.

· Jamillah Williams, an engineering student from Marietta, Ga.

· Johnnie Williams, an engineering student from Pooler, Ga.

· Jonathan Williams, a mechanical engineering student from Maryland Heights, Mo.

· Jasmine Yates, a computer information system student from Memphis, Tenn.

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