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 was changed to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. In 1960 the name of the school was changed permanently 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 University is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. 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.
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Partnership with the University
Through management of The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center, The Capella Hotel Group offers hotel-as-classroom instruction with Practicum Classes designed to provide hands-on experience in all facets of hotel and restaurant operation. Providing students both classroom theory and practical experience with a model of continuous quality improvement as a fundamental component of their degree requirements, The Hospitality Management Program is preparing students to make their own way and define their own positions as the future “Global Leaders in the Service Business.” Find out more about the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program here.