Thirty high-achieving students recently spent the weekend on the Florida A&M University (FAMU) campus as part of the annual Scholars Spring Preview.
“FAMU continues to strive for excellence through our dynamic academic programs and student experience. Through aggressive recruitment of high- achieving students, FAMU has seen an increase in the academic profile of first time in college students,” said William E. Hudson, Jr., Ph.D, Vice President for Student Affairs. “This collaborative effort between students, faculty, and staff will continue to move FAMU forward and prepare students for the global economy.”
The high school students have been admitted and will make-up the Scholars Program incoming class of fall 2020. Their test scores range from 1220 to 1560 on the SAT and from 29 to 34 on the ACT. One students had a perfect 800 math score.
While on campus, the visitors shadowed current scholars and attended classes, toured the campus, engaged in group problem solving activities while parents attended workshops to assist their scholar’s transition from high school to FAMU. Students attended a celebrity basketball game and visited the Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center & Museum.
“It was an opportunity for Florida A&M University to showcase the campus, our faculty and staff and what we mean when we say excellence with caring,” said Dedra O’Neal, director of the FAMU Scholars Program.
Students said the visit was very productive.
“The opportunity to experience a part of college was enlightening in several ways. I met many great people and learned of some of the challenges, responsibilities, and advantages of being a FAMU scholar,” said Robert E. Bozeman, a senior at Atlanta’s Campbell High School.
The students have committed to attending FAMU and have paid the initial deposit for admission. Families covered their own travel expenses for the visit. In addition to the Florida students, scholars and their parents travelled from as far as Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas City, Missouri, Massachusetts, and Maryland.
“My experience at FAMU 2020 Scholars Spring Preview was intellectually stimulating, inclusive, and enjoyable,” said Samip Patel, of Jupiter, Florida.