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Auburn University

Auburn
Auburn University
About

Welcome to Auburn University!

Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2015 semester enrollment was 27,287. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, remaining in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.

The History

Auburn University today is a comprehensive land, sea and space grant institution – among the few that hold that distinction – occupying more than 1,840 acres and helping fulfill the dreams of nearly 25,000 students.

The university began, though, as the small, more humble East Alabama Male College, which was chartered in 1856 and opened its doors in 1859 as a private liberal arts institution.

From 1861 to 1866 the college was closed because of the Civil War. The college had begun an affiliation with the Methodist Church before the war. Due to dire financial straits, the church transferred legal control of the institution to the state in 1872, making it the first land-grant college in the South to be established separate from the state university. It thus became the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama.

A land-grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.

The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanical arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education.

Women were admitted in 1892, making Auburn the oldest four-year, coeducational school in the state and the second-oldest in the Southeast. In 1899, the name was again changed to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. In 1960, the school officially acquired the name it has long been called and one more in keeping with its location, size, and mission — Auburn University. The institution has experienced its greatest growth since World War II, and now has more than 250,000 graduates.

Auburn University at Montgomery was established as a separately accredited campus in 1967. The institution has developed rapidly, especially since moving to a 500-acre campus east of Montgomery in 1971. Current enrollment at AUM is about 5,200.

Chartered in 1856, Auburn University opened in 1859 and became affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Throughout the years, the institution has had four official names:

East Alabama Male College (1856-72)

Agricultural and Mechanical College (1872-99)

Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1899-1960)

Auburn University (1960-present)

Auburn's current colleges and schools and dates

of inception are:

College of Agriculture 1872

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering 1872

Graduate School 1872

James Harrison School of Pharmacy 1885

College of Veterinary Medicine 1907

College of Architecture, Design & Construction  1907

College of Education 1915

College of Human Sciences 1916

College of Business 1967

School of Nursing 1979

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences 1984

College of Sciences and Mathematics 1986

College of Liberal Arts    1986

* In 1986, the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences & Mathematics were created from the former schools of Arts & Sciences, Agriculture and Biological Sciences, and Architecture and Fine Arts.

Course Offered

  • Accounting - ACCT
  • Adult Education - ADED
  • Aerospace Engineering - AERO
  • Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) - AIRF
  • Africana Studies - AFRI
  • Agric Economics - AGEC
  • Agriculture - AGRI
  • Animal Sciences - ANSC
  • Anthropology - ANTH
  • Architecture - ARCH
  • Art - ARTS
  • Aviation Management - AVMG
  • Biochemistry - BCHE
  • Biology - BIOL
  • Biosystems Engineering - BSEN
  • Building Science - BSCI
  • Business Admin - BUSI
  • Business Analytics - BUAL
  • Career and Technical - CTCT
  • Cell and Molecular Biology - CMBL
  • Chemical Engineering - CHEN
  • Chemistry - CHEM
  • Civil Engineering - CIVL
  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice - PYPP
  • Communication - COMM
  • Communication and Journalism - CMJN
  • Communication Disorders - CMDS
  • Community and Civic Engagement - CCEN
  • Community Planning - CPLN
  • Computer Sci & Software En - COMP
  • Consumer and Design Sciences - CADS
  • Cooperative Education - COOP
  • Counselor Ed, Counseling P - COUN
  • Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences - CSES
  • Design Build - DBLD
  • Early Childhood Educ - CTEC
  • Economics - ECON
  • Ed Res Methods & Analysis - ERMA
  • Educ Psychology - EPSY
  • Educational Leadership - EDLD
  • Educational Media - EDMD
  • Electrical and Computer En - ELEC
  • Elementary Education - CTEE
  • Engineering - ENGR
  • English - ENGL
  • English for Spkrs Other Lang - CTES
  • Entomology - ENTM
  • EntreprenFamily Business - ENFB
  • Environmental Design - ENVD
  • Environmental Science - ENVI
  • Finance - FINC
  • Fisheries & Allied Aqua - FISH
  • Flight Education - AVMF
  • Food Science - FDSC
  • Foreign Languages - FLNG
  • Foreign Lng-Asian Culture - FLAS
  • Foreign Lng-Chinese - FLCN
  • Foreign Lng-French - FLFR
  • Foreign Lng-German - FLGR
  • Foreign Lng-Global Cultures - FLGC
  • Foreign Lng-Greek - FLGK
  • Foreign Lng-Italian - FLIT
  • Foreign Lng-Japanese - FLJP
  • Foreign Lng-Korean - FLKN
  • Foreign Lng-Latin - FLLN
  • Foreign Lng-Russian - FLRU
  • Foreign Lng-Spanish - FLSP
  • Forest Engineering - FOEN
  • Forest Products - FOPR
  • Forestry - FORY
  • Forestry & Wildlife Sci. - FOWS
  • Foundations Of Educ - FOUN
  • Geography - GEOG
  • Geology - GEOL
  • Global Studies/Human Sciences - GSHS
  • Graduate Studies - GRAD
  • Graphic Design - GDES
  • Health Administration - HADM
  • Higher Education Admin - HIED
  • History - HIST
  • Honor - HONR
  • Horticulture - HORT
  • Hotel & Restaurant Mgt - HRMT
  • Human Dev & Family Studies - HDFS
  • Human Resource Mngt - HRMN
  • Human Sciences, General - HUSC
  • Industrial & Sys Eng - INSY
  • Industrial Design - INDD
  • Information Systems Management - ISMN
  • Integrated Textile & Appar - ITAS
  • Integrtd Design & Construction - INDC
  • Interdepartmental Education - EDUC
  • Interdept Pharmacy - PYDI
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - IDSC
  • Interior Architecture - ARIA
  • Intl Programs-Special Topics - INTL
  • Journalism - JRNL
  • Kinesiology - KINE
  • Laboratory Science - LBSC
  • Landscape Architecture - LAND
  • Liberal Arts, General - LBAR
  • Management - MNGT
  • Marketing - MKTG
  • Materials Engineering - MATL
  • Mathematics - MATH
  • Mechanical Engineering - MECH
  • Media Studies - MDIA
  • Middle School Educ - CTMD
  • Military Science (AROTC) - MILS
  • Music - Applied - MUAP
  • Music - MUSI
  • Music Education - CTMU
  • Music Ensemble - MUSE
  • Naval Science (NROTC) - NAVS
  • Nursing - NURS
  • Nutrition - NTRI
  • Pharmacal Sciences - PYPS
  • Pharmacy Care Systems - PYPC
  • Philosophy - PHIL
  • Physical Education - PHED
  • Physics - PHYS
  • Plant Pathology - PLPA
  • Political Science - POLI
  • Polymer & Fiber Engineering - PFEN
  • Poultry Science - POUL
  • Psychology - PSYC
  • Public Relations Commu - PRCM
  • Reading Education - CTRD
  • Real Estate Development - RDEV
  • Rehabilitation & Spec Educ - RSED
  • Religion - RELG
  • Rural Sociology - RSOC
  • Sciences & Math - SCMH
  • Secondary Education - CTSE
  • Social Work - SOWO
  • Sociology - SOCY
  • Statistics - STAT
  • Supply Chain Management - SCMN
  • Sustainability Studies - SUST
  • Theatre - THEA
  • Undergraduate Studies - UNDG
  • University Courses UNIV
  • Veterinary Medicine - VMED
  • VM-Biomedical Sciences VBMS
  • Wildlife Sciences - WILD
  • Women's Studies - WMST
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