Outstanding Historical Events of Auburn University

1856 East Alabama Male College established by the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1859 Doors opened to initial enrollment of 80 students
1861-1866 College closed due to Civil War
1872 Control transferred to State and name changed to Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical College, the State's Land-Grant College
1872 Graduate School created
1883 Agricultural Experiment Station System started
1892 Veterinary Medicine Studies Initiated
1892 Women students first admitted
1893 Auburn Alumni Association formed
1899 Name changed to Alabama Polytechnic Institute
1914 Agricultural and Home Economics Cooperative Extension work initiated
1929 Engineering Experiment Station established
1937 Engineering Extension Service formed
1944 Auburn Research Foundation incorporated
1960 Name changed to Auburn University
1964 First African-American student admitted
1967 Auburn University at Montgomery approved by the State Legislature
1968 Awarding of 50,000th degree on Auburn Campus
1969 First freshman class admitted at Auburn University at Montgomery
1981 Awarding of 100,000th degree on Auburn Campus
1985 College status accorded to Schools of Agriculture, Business, Education, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine
1985 Auburn Generations Fund concluded, having received in excess of $100 million in gifts and pledges
1986 Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences & Mathematics created from former College of Arts & Sciences
1988 Enrollment tops 20,000
1989 Jordan-Hare Stadium hosts Auburn-Alabama football game
1993 Awarding of 150,000th degree on Auburn Campus
1995 School of Architecture restructured as College of Architecture, Design and Construction
1995 Merger of Alabama Cooperative Extension Service with extension activities of Alabama A&M University to form Alabama Cooperative Extension System
1999 College status accorded to School of Human Sciences
2000 Academic calendar converted to semester system
2002 Auburn starts the nation's first Bachelor of Wireless Engineering degree program in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
2008 Auburn Research Park opens
2008 “It Begins at Auburn” campaign surpasses $600 million in gifts and pledges
2009 Village residence halls open, adding more than 1,700 new student beds
2010 Enrollment tops 25,000
2012 Graduate and professional enrollment tops 5,000

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