Opened in 1831, the University of Alabama was the state?s first university. U of A?s campus is comprised of brick buildings and tree-lined promenades spread over nearly 1,000 acres in Tuscaloosa. Offering over 200 undergraduate graduate and professional degree programs, The University of Alabama is especially well known for its schools of business, communications, and law. The school also has one of the most storied athletic programs in the nation.
Founded in 1856 as a private liberal arts school before converting to a public institution, Auburn University has grown to become one of the largest universities in the South. Located just 50 miles east of Montgomery in the town of Auburn, the university contains 12 schools and colleges within its 1,800-acre campus. Auburn University also operates a separate branch on a 500-acre Montgomery campus.
Originally a state teacher?s college, Troy has developed into a state University system with campuses in Troy, Dothan, Phenix Cityand Montgomery. The main campus of Troy University (the school dropped the ?State? from their name in 2005) offers has five main colleges: arts and sciences, business, communication & fine arts, education and health & human services.
University of Georgia
The university was actually established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia. The main campus has 379 buildings on 615 acres. Total acreage in 30 Georgia counties: 42,010 acres. The University of Georgia has approximately 253,000 living alumni.
Columbus State University
The history of Columbus State University is closely intertwined with that of Columbus. The idea for a junior college was first proposed by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in 1949. Efforts by local citizens kept the idea alive by raising money to purchase the college's current site and developing plans for its administration. In 1958 when the law provided for the establishment of junior colleges in Georgia, Columbus State University opened at the renovated Shannon Hosiery Mill. Now Columbus State is bigger than ever with over 8,000 enrolled.
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