Auburn University is a land-grant, state university in Auburn, Alabama. Through its instructional, research and outreach programs, this comprehensive university serves a diverse body of students and other constituents.
Auburn marked its beginnings as East Alabama Male College, chartered by the Alabama Legislature in 1856. Three years later, Methodist Episcopal Church South took over the control of the college. During the Civil War, the college was closed when most of the students and faculty left to enlist and its campus served as a training ground for the U.S. Army.
Though reopened in 1866, the college underwent a period of crisis for the next six years. Under the Morrill Act of 1872, it regained its original glory and became the first land-grant college in the South. In the meantime, the college was renamed Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. After years of service, it was changed to Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1899. To reflect its growing curriculum, the institute adopted the name Auburn University in 1960.
Presently, the college, with its arts and applied science programs, has become one of the largest universities in the South. Further, there is a 500-acre satellite campus- Auburn University at Montgomery.
Accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the university grants bachelor's, first professional, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees in more than 130 different majors.
Auburn University encompasses 13 schools and colleges, which are the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Graduate School, Harrison School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, College of Architecture, Design & Construction, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and colleges of Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Agriculture, Business, Education, Sciences and Mathematics, and Veterinary Medicine.
Auburn University covers 1,871 acres with 81 buildings. The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, a 40,000-square-foot facility, has an astonishing collection of 19th and 20th Century American and European Art. The museum features eight exhibition galleries, a gift shop, a restaurant, and an auditorium. Other prominent spots in the campus include Ralph Brown Draughon Library; Upper Quad, with numerous residence halls; Centennial Gardens; and Haley Center, the tallest building on campus where majority of freshman classes are conducted.