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By: Christine Powell | Education | Aug 6 2014

A public and one reputed University of Auburn, Alabama, Alabama University stands as one of the few colleges to have been public-affiliated institutions and that in the States. Located to the west side of Alabama, the capital city, this college happens to be the oldest institutions in United States. A state of the art college is the largest of the ones in the state with over 25,000 active students to its name. AU as the short-form of its name, it was founded in the year of 1856 which defines its stay in the States.

The foundation of AU is also one of interesting kind. The college was the recipient of its first charter on the 7th of February, 1856, which was signed by the then Methodist Episcopal Church of Alabama. The name Auburn University was the final choice when East Alabama Male College was considered non-suiting to the nature of the institute and the year 1872 saw the inauguration and launch of the new named and natured first-ever Public Land-grant university all under the Morrill Act. The request forwarded by the Board of Trustees was also a key factor to the change of the institutional name of the AU. When the AU started to offer the degrees relating to the first four-year co-educational like arts, languages and sciences, it was considered appropriate to name the institute, an Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama and hence AU was founded on its foundations. As for the University part, it had long time coming when the subjects relating to varied academic programs were affiliated to the institute. Then the year 1899 brought the so-called Auburn Convention to its aid and from there the institution was overseen by the Board of Trustees.

It was not easy for the AU to make it this far on easy basis. The hurdles were like the destined prospects to the MC and it had to pass each one to face the next. The hurdles appeared in various forms, one of which being the Civil War. It was not at all easy for the MC as it was as turbulent as it got when Civil Wars rattled the foundations of the AU. Its endowments, students and buildings all suffered the worst of the faith when they were destroyed, disbanded and deteriorated respectively. Either be a student, army or the townspeople, all were signing up to take up a rifle for themselves at the time of war. This left a struggling AU on its knees but the recovery, even if Half-century late, was made and with the funds being renewed and buildings renovated, AU was all set up to start afresh.

The after-war time was kind of fruitful for the AU when enrollment was reaching a never-before-seen height. The 19th century saw AU as one of the 131 colleges to have been a part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and that saw students flowing over to make way to get a part in the Navy Commission. The World War II also was a major part for the enrollment of the students in a good range of 550-600 when war veterans made their return from the war. This sudden increase in the flow of students had the AU to renovate and build the buildings needed for the students to get into. This was the start to life when U.S. Office of Education had also got forward with their helping hands for some pairs of residence halls. When the increase in the students were needed as engineers, it was seen it without the doubt for the AU to get itself a new law-based school of engineers which came as  Engineering, Science, and Management War Training. If this was to work as per plan, then there were the possibilities of its own to produce the so-called Instant Engineers. It was obvious for the both the adults division to ask one for itself and thus the beneficiary was formed. Again the year 1992 saw AU get its hand into one forced-closed Clarke College due to a desperate gap in enrollments. All these renovations and re-building was an unknown and obvious step of AU slowly turning into a reputed university.

Then came the fresh and exciting yet one challenging step, the 21st Century. When the number of the enrolling International Students did get on the front foot, the college was now facing the increase in rate of students at 60%. The demands of the new technology based era were catching up to AU’s Board of Trustees which lead to the adding of the Physician Program, a degree so rare that it got the AU to be the first ever institution of Mississippi to offer it to the students. When that was accomplished, AU was now offering degrees in doctorates for the subjects relating to the Educational leadership and also the field of Professional Counseling. Being in the state of war for some considerable time has lead AU to become a socially active institute which has performed in about 45,000 hours of public service whenever hosting the summer or Centrifuge camps for the students.

The Auburn University has its academics as its plus point when compared to its competitors. Its Education System includes one Department of Kinesiology, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership, and the infamous Dyslexia Center along with the Department of Psychology and Counseling. The active part of AU, the School of Business has mainly four major departments (management, accounting, marketing and finance,) at both the levels undergraduate or graduate; And then there is The School of Christian Studies along with the Arts have the Department of Art, the Department of Music, the Department of Christian Studies and Philosophy along with the Department of Communications to its name.

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