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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1856
    • Size:
    • Large (>15,000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
      Religiously affliated
    • Specialization:
    • Liberal Arts School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Green Street, Auburn, Alabama, United States, 36849
    • Phone:
    • +13348444000
    • Email Address:
    • N/A
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Auburn University

Auburn was chartered on February 1, 1856, as East Alabama Male College, a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, it became the state's first land-grant university and was renamed as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1892, it became the first four-year coeducational school in Alabama, and in 1899 was renamed Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) to reflect its changing mission. In 1960, its name was changed to Auburn University to acknowledge the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

Academic Highlights

Auburn's College of Engineering offers majors in civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and systems engineering, polymer and fiber engineering, aerospace, agricultural, bio-systems, materials, chemical engineering, computer science, and software engineering, and—more recently—began a program in wireless engineering after receiving a donation from alumnus Samuel L. Ginn. 

Life in Auburn University

Auburn University's sports teams are known as the Tigers, and they participate in Division I-A of the NCAA and in the Western Division of the 14-member Southeastern Conference (SEC). War Eagle is the battle cry and greeting used by the Auburn Family (students, alumni, and fans).  

School Ranking

The 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks Auburn as tied for the 104th best national university overall in the U.S., tied for 44th among public universities, and 164th in "Best Value Schools".


Notable Alumni

  • Don Logan (1966), former CEO of Time Inc.; former chairman of Time Warner Cable
  • Mohamed Mansour (1971 MBA), billionaire, chairman of Mansour Group
  • Youssef Mansour (1972 MBA), Egyptian billionaire businessman
  • Mark Spencer (1999), President and CEO of Digium, creator of Asterisk PBX
  • Mark Thornton (1989 Ph.D.), economist
  • Jimmy Wales (1989), co-founder of Wikipedia
  • Arthur L. Williams, Jr. (M.S.), insurance executive

Acceptance Rate

Auburn University's acceptance rate is 78 percent.

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