The University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863 following the passage of the federal Morrill Act. The yearlong anniversary celebration continues during Homecoming with programs and activities highlighting important historical milestones, events and people.
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A new book, UMass Rising, looks at the school over the course of its first 150 years. In 1863, just a year after Congress enacted the Land-Grant Colleges Act, Massachusetts Agricultural College embarked on its mission to offer instruction to the state’s citizens in the “agricultural, mechanical and military arts.” The school boasted a faculty of four and a student body of 56. As UMass Amherst celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2013, its full-time faculty numbers nearly 1,200 and the combined undergraduate/graduate student population is close to 28,000.
The principles that undergirded Mass Aggie’s founding continue to form the basis for UMass Amherst’s mission of preparing young people to make their way in life by stretching boundaries in all disciplines, from the physical and social sciences to the liberal arts. Learn more about UMass history—order your copy today!